While mask wearing has become the norm and will remain so for who knows when, it doesn't mean that your lipstick collection has to stay in the bottom drawer. Every makeup junkie will agree that it feels lacking not to wear lipstick. Applying lipstick is also a ritualistic and comforting habit that brings a sense of normalcy in abnormal circumstances like a worldwide pandemic.
According to Women's Health, 80 percent of their poll respondents said that finding the right lipstick has a positive impact on their mood. For instance, nude and neutral lipsticks bring senses of warmth and calm. Finding the right nude shade for dark skin tones can be tricky. Most nude shades in the market lean towards beige and pale pink which, according to Allure, doesn't quite work for dark or deep skin tones. Celebrity makeup artist Keita Moore, whose clients include Iman, Mariah Carey and Nicky Minaj, that lip liner is a must and finding the right one is also a trial-and-error kind of process. He recommends using MAC lip pencil in Cork for medium to dark skin tones and Chesnut for deep skin tones for contour and dimension. He adds that drugstore find Nyx Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil in Expresso works just as well.
Mented Cosmetics was launched in 2017 and their goal was to perfect the nude lipstick for women of color. One of their bestsellers is Peach Please which is a neutral salmon shade.
Nyx has a wide and inclusive selection, and the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Sandstorm is a hit for dark skin tones. So are their Butter Glosses in Gingersnap and Praline.
Allure recommends layering this pink hue over brown lip liner and you'll be delighted with the results. The seemingly ashy shade looks very natural and makes a great nude lip.
Celebrity makeup artist Camara Aunique, whose client list includes Angela Bassett and Misty Copeland, loves this peachy-pink color on both the lips and cheeks.
This lipstick is the perfect blend of pink, brown and purple and Allure gave it a Best of Beauty award. The satin formula feels comfortable on the lips for all-day wear.
This chocolate brown hue wins Oprah's vote and is great for all skin tones.
This drugstore gem is a win both in color payoff and price tag.
Celebrity makeup artist Scott Osbourne suggests a light mocha instead of pure beige will looks best on dark to deep skin. Harper's Bazaar says this the Salted Caramel Mocha from Beauty Bakerie is guaranteed not to wash you out, while Allure votes for the shade Cake D'Ivoire.
You can expect Rihanna to produce a great nude for women of color. Fans love this liquid formula for its intense mocha pigment and lasting powers.
This Maybelline Superstay line has several great colors but for dark skin, Allure loves the warm and chocolatey hue of Mocha Inventor. The smooth and matte formula sits comfortably on the lips and is transfer-proof.
For those who are not matte lipstick fans, this satin option in a dark chocolate hue will you strong '90s vibes.
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