11 Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin Tones

We asked beauty insiders which are the best lipstick shades for dark skin, and these are their favourites

10 Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin

by Grazia |

You’ve trawled the beauty hauls, swatched countless lipsticks on the back of your hard, tried on shades virtually and rifled through your friends’ make-up bags for inspiration. Alas, you’re nowhere near to finding your perfect one.

The experts agree that choosing a lipstick shade is no mean feat. Charlotte Falber, make-up artist from MAC’s Senior Pro Team, says the key to finding a good one lies in identifying your undertones. “If you see red tones, go for a lipstick with a warmer undertone; if you see a golden tone, go for one with a cooler undertone,'' she says. ‘Lips tend to be darker than you’re actual skin, which means lipsticks often don’t show true to colour, so I tend to put a titch of foundation on them to neutralise the colour before application".

To help you find the right one for you, we asked a selection of beauty buffs to share theirs.

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Akesha Reid, Beauty Writer

"My favourite nude is the Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick in Pillow Talk Intense, £25. It's super moisturising and plumping and the plum colour is like an accentuated version of my lip tone"

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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Pillow Talk Intense, £25.

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Basma Khalifa, Filmmaker and Writer

"By Jess D Liquid Velvet Lipstick in Rum Cake, £14, is without a doubt my favourite. For me, investing in black owned businesses is where it’s at."

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Khadija Mahamed
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NYX Matte Lip Cream in Berlin, £7

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Khadija Mahamed, Model and Digital Creator

"I love lipsticks with brown undertones. My current favourite is NYX Matte Lip Cream in Berlin, £7, as it compliments my skin tone, and is subtle enough to use in the daytime too."

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Dija Ayodele
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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Pioneer, £9.99

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Dija Ayodele, Skin Expert and Author of Black Skin

"I love Maybelline Superstay Matte in Ink Pioneer, £9.99 - a bright poppy red"

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Nicole Ocran
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Lisa Eldridge, True Velvet Lip Colour in Velvet Cinnabar, £26

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Nicole Ocran, Influencer

"I recently saw Lisa Eldridge’s True Velvet Lip Colour in Velvet Cinnabar, £26, on her YouTube and knew immediately that I had to have it. I’ve always loved browny-red shades and this one is stunning. It’s the perfect warm, brick red in a wearable velvet matte formula. It’s so easy to wear in the day and then layered up at night!"

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Tahima Begum,
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Tasneem Cosmetics Cocoa Brown Lipstick in Anyana, £17

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Tahima Begum, Writer and Creator of Aram newsletter

"Tasneem Cosmetics Cocoa Brown Lipstick in Anyana, £17, is up there. Making make-up exclusively for black and brown women, Tasneem knows exactly what suits our skin tone. "

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Ayla Mooro,
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Charlotte Tilbury, Matte Revolution in Walk of No Shame, £25

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Ayla Mooro, Freelance Writer and Author of The Greater Freedom

"Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Walk of No Shame, £25, is the perfect shade for every day"

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Zeena Shah
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MAC Love Me Liquid Lip Colour in Hey Good Looking, £19.50

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Zeena Shah, Art Director and Stylist

"I am obsessed with MAC Love Me Liquid Lip Colour in Hey Good Looking, £19.50. I love the coverage and texture, it goes on beautifully and doesn’t dry my lips out. You also only need one coat which is rare for a dark formula lip. Statement mouths are a go."

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Ramla Ossoble
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NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie Lipstick in French Maid, £7

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Ramla Ossoble, Model

"I’m a mostly tinted Vaseline kinda girl but when I do reach for something different NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie Lipstick in French Maid, £7, always hooks me! "

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Aisha Mohamed
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Nars Matte Lipstick in Pigalle, £22

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Aisha Mohamed, Influencer

Nars Matte Lipstick in Pigalle, £22, is my holy grail lip shade. I never leave the house without it. It's perfect for day and night."

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Lipstick Shades That Are Perfect For Dark Skin: Remy Farrell
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Fenty Icon Refillable Lipstick in shade Grill Master, £

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