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12 Vegan Lip Colors That Look Gorgeous on Darker Skin Tones

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Vegan lipsticks for darker skin tones

Ashley Britton/StyleCaster
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Vegan lipsticks for darker skin tones

For women of color, buying makeup often feels like something you need an advanced degree for. Undertones, ingredients, formula and wearability are all factors that can zap the fun out of finding a new product. But thankfully, there’s also a subculture of women who’ve been creating brown girl-friendly vegan beauty — long before it was a trend.

Gone are the days of compromising healthy formulas for colors that actually work. Thanks to a new crop of lippies that are as clean as they are pretty, we no longer have to. If you have a go-to hue, great. If you’re still looking, makeup artist Tara Lauren shared some insight on how to find the right colors for your shade of deep.

Go blue with reds

“There’s something about a red with a subtle blue undertone on melanin-rich skin that just works. It creates just the right amount of depth and makes a statement,” says Lauren.

Pick the perfect plum

Currant and merlot tones are also great for women of color. Her application tip: “Lipsticks can be blotted to create a slight stain or applied regularly for a rich berry lip.”

Feel the fire

“Orange is a color that I feel is sometimes overlooked by women of color,” says Lauren. Warm against warm undertones helps bring out the richness in brown skin. “If you’re not ready to commit to color full-on, use a lip liner close to your [natural] lip color, apply and blend to desired look,” Lauren says.

Choose a finish

“Going glossy or matte is definitely based on mood for me,” says Lauren. Yes, there is an abundance of matte shades on the market, but a gloss can be carefree and subtle. It’s all a matter of preference.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up 12 vegan lip colors that check all these boxes and won’t disappoint.

 

Originally posted on StyleCaster

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Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze in Prep

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Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze in Prep

Pinks can be tricky on darker skin, but the warmer undertones of this deep rose are soft and pretty. Plus, the formula is more on the sheer side, so it'll just complement your natural lip color.

Lip Glaze in Prep, $15 at Clove + Hallow

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Ilia Satin Cream Lip Crayon in Tainted Love

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Ilia Satin Cream Lip Crayon in Tainted Love

Mauve is generally one of those shades that looks good on everyone — but it can easily take an icy turn that just doesn't work with warmer skin tones. Here's an option that's both flattering and festive no matter what time of the year.

Satin Cream Lip Crayon in Tainted Love, $24 at Ilia

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Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Berry Me 2

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Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Berry Me 2

Plums are generally flattering across all shades of the skin tone spectrum, but this magenta berry is particularly good against brown skin. It shows up more vibrantly than other purpley shades, even on rich, dark skin.

Matte Liquid Lipstick in Berry Me 2, $18 at Dose of Colors

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Civilized Cosmetics Liquid Lip Suede in Blood Orange

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Civilized Cosmetics Liquid Lip Suede in Blood Orange

When choosing a coral for darker skin, look for shades that look a little more red, like this one. The more peachy or pink the color is, the more likely it is to show up ashy.

Liquid Lip Suede in Blood Orange, $19 at Civilized Cosmetics

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Note Cosmetics Mattemoist Lipgloss in Notisme

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Note Cosmetics Mattemoist Lipgloss in Notisme

Even in sheerer, satiny finishes, reds with a bit of blue in it work best on darker skin, like this crimson option.

Mattemoist Lipgloss in Notisme, $9 at Note Cosmetics

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Luscious Pout Marker Lip Contour Crayon in Fierce

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Luscious Pout Marker Lip Contour Crayon in Fierce

If you're looking for a hot pink that isn't too shocking, this deep berry is a nice switch-up from a classic red.

Pout Marker Lip Contour Crayon in Fierce, $11 at Luscious

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Ciaté London Glitter Flip in Iconic

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Ciaté London Glitter Flip in Iconic

You may think a dark color against dark skin doesn't work, but it's actually quite the opposite—especially if there is shimmer involved. Swipe on this near black metallic, then press your lips together and watch it transform into the most gorgeous navy ink blue.

Glitter Flip in Iconic, $19 at Ciate London

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BH Cosmetics Lip Kit in Lust

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BH Cosmetics Lip Kit in Lust

This red reads a bit browner than it does burgundy, but not in the brick-red kind of way that can look dated. The matching liner will help add some needed definition on darker skin.

Lip Kit in Lust, $13 at BH Cosmetics

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Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Area

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Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Area

Finding a true nude if you're on the dark chocolate end of the spectrum can be beyond frustrating, but this chestnut brown is a perfect match. It'll give just enough contrast without blending completely into your skin.

Velvet Lip Glide in Area, $26 at Nars

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ColourPop Lippie Stix in Who Run This

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ColourPop Lippie Stix in Who Run This

Rusty reds can go all the way wrong on dark skin, but this deep apricot has just the right mix of brown, red and orange and a slightly satin finish to keep it looking fresh instead of horribly old-school.

Lippie Stix in Who Run This, $5 at ColourPop

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Spela Matte Liquid Lip in Happy Hour

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Spela Matte Liquid Lip in Happy Hour

If you do prefer more of a traditional burgundy, this creamy color will basically make your mouth look like you were sipping on a glass of red wine.

Matte Liquid Lip in Happy Hour, $18 at Spela Cosmetics

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