8 Best Lipstick Shades for Dark Skin Tones

The reception of dark skin in India is slowly changing as more and more people are realizing the beauty of healthy skin, no matter what color it is. Dark skin is nothing but the presence of a lot more content of melanin in the skin than that in fair-skinned women. When it comes to dark skin, women often feel that too much makeup will not look good on them. Dark-skinned women in India often give lipstick a miss thinking that it will look weird with their complexion. But the fact is that there are some gorgeous lipstick shades that can enhance dark skin even more!

Best Lipstick Shades For Dark Lips and Dark Skin

When it comes to finding the perfect lipstick shade for dark skin, the key is to look for colors that will complement and enhance your natural skin tone. Here are some of the best lipstick shades to consider:

1. Berry Shades

Rich berry shades like burgundy, plum, and wine are perfect for dark skin. They add a pop of color while still looking natural and flattering.

2. Brown Shades

Brown shades like chocolate, caramel, and nude are great for dark skin. They provide a natural, subtle look that can be dressed up or down.

3. Red Shades

Red shades like deep red, maroon, and brick red are perfect for dark skin. They add a bold, striking look to any outfit.

4. Orange Shades

Orange shades like tangerine, peach, and coral are great for dark skin. They add a bright, vibrant touch to any look.

5. Purple Shades

Purple shades like lavender, lilac, and plum are perfect for dark skin. They add a playful, feminine touch to any outfit.

When applying lipstick, always make sure to exfoliate your lips first to ensure a smooth, even application. Also, make sure to use a lip liner to help define your lips and make your lipstick last longer.


1. Maybelline New York Creamy Matte Lipstick Rich Ruby

Rich Ruby, as the name suggests will give you a sinfully gorgeous shade of the ruby. This iconic lipstick will never lose its charm and will further enhance a darker complexion, easily camouflaging darker lips. The love matte texture is an added advantage as it promises longevity and high quality. The color is highly pigmented and can suit every skin tone. This shade will instantly glam up your skin. It is a bold lip color that is quintessentially made for darker skin tones.

2. Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick Primrose

Who says you need to put only darker lipstick shades on dark lips? Try this lovely primrose-colored creamy finish lipstick from Smashbox. It is highly pigmented and delivers a brilliant color. It will give you the slightest hint of color on your lips and is the perfect shade for daytime wear. The finish is creamy and silky. The lipstick is also vitamin-fortified and will nourish dry lips. It is non-transferring and long-wearing. This one looks surprisingly beautiful on a dusky complexion.

3. Maybelline New York Color Show Intense Lip Crayon Bold Burgundy

The lovely and bold burgundy lip crayon will give you a vibrant color in just one single swipe. It will perfectly highlight your dusky complexion and cover the darkest of lips. The bold burgundy shade comes in a crayon stick. It gives high-pigment coverage even for uneven lips. It is the perfect stick to define lips, even if they are small. For bigger lips, you can use the crayon to line the insides of your lips and then add a hint of color to the insides. It contains SPF 17 which prevents your lips from sun damage.

4. Lakme 9 to 5 Primer with Matte Lip Color Rosy Sunday

A luxurious lip color by Lakme, the 9 to 5 Primer is the perfect lipstick for long-time wear. For office goers and those on-day picnics, this shade will stick by your side all day long. It is enriched with wheat germ oil and Vitamin E for nourishment and care. It will leave your lips looking silky and soft. It is great for dry lips and also quite affordable. This Rosy Sunday Shade looks good on any skin tone. It glides easily without smudging. It comes with a gel-like consistency for easy application.


5. Maybelline New York Creamy Matte Lipstick Mesmerizing Magenta

This Maybelline lip color delivers a burst of a bold magenta shade in a creamy consistency. It glides on your skin easily and nourishes your skin all day long. The lipstick is made with precious oils that hydrate and protect your skin. It is highly pigmented and perfect for dry lips. The shade has slight purple undertones that look good on a dusky or dark complexion. It is a non-drying matte shade that makes it perfect for daily wear.

6. NYX Professional Makeup Full Throttle Lipstick, Night Crawler

One of our favorites for dark skin tones, this Full Throttle lip color is the ultimate fix for dark lips. It covers your lips with a scintillating matte finish. It comes with a bullet-like application tip that is easy to line, fill, and define your lips. It is super-pigmented and also long-lasting. The lipstick is water-proof and smudge-proof too. Aptly named the ‘Night Crawler’, this one looks amazing on dusky complexions.

7. L’Oreal Color Riche – Cinnamon Toast

Enriched with Argan Oil and Omega 3, this Color Riche lipstick will nourish and hydrate your lips like none other. It will keep your lips soft and supple. The lipstick also contains Vitamin E, which will rejuvenate dry lips. The lovely cinnamon toast shade will look great on dusky complexions as it will give an orange hue to your lips. The brown and coral undertones of this shade make it perfect for daily wear.

8. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Choco-Liscious

This dark chocolaty lipstick is not only classy and amazing but also very nurturing and protective. With dark brown undertones, this shade is perfect for dark skin and dark lips. It is the perfect shade for daytime wear when you want to look minimal. The lipstick has a creamy consistency with very little shine. It is also perfect for evening parties and events.

Ultimately, the best lipstick shade for dark skin is one that makes you feel confident and beautiful. So, experiment with different shades and find the one that makes you feel your best!

​Which is your favorite Lipstick Shade? Share your opinion with us in a comment below!​


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