Black Women CAN Wear Red: 13 Red Lipsticks That Look Gorgeous on Brown Skin

Red lipstick is a classic color that every women should have in her collection, no matter how small it may be. And while there are tons of options out there, the stigma of loud lipstick on brown skin being unflattering can often sway brown beauties from embracing the perfect rouge for her pout. Now, I don’t know WHO started this lie, but contrary to popular belief, melanated women can wear any color they want!

Red lipstick comes in so many shades, why limit yourself. There’s a color for every undertone, mood, season, YOU NAME IT!  Take a look at some of my favs:

Vikeejeah in Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in American Doll

Maisha, That It Girl, In Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick In Fiery. See full review HERE.


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Lisa A La Mode in Wet n Wild Catsuit Liquid Lipstick in How Fleek is your Love (Missy & Fierce is a great Dupe). See full reviews HERE  and HERE.Color Icon Matte Liquid Lipstick-how-fleek-is-your-love-swatch-dark-skin

CeceBlooom in Mac Cosmetics  Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Dance with Me


Shanna Moore of The Painted Lips Project in Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bawse

JennieJenkins  in MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

It’s My Rae Rae in Colourpop Lippie Stix in Trust Me

Lovely Anneka: Lipland Liquid Lipstick in Brooklyn

Jackie Aina in Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Fireball


Nyma Tang in SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain in Always Red 01


Destiny Godley in  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in Forbidden Kiss

Jay Thomas Beauty in @whoisshecosmetics Ariel lip composite lined with @colourpopcosmetics Ellarie liner

Ty Alexander, Gorgeous in Grey in a Lippie From Magnolia Makeup (a black-owned brand)

And this is just the tip of the iceberg, ladies. Below, I have a video featuring my favorite red lipsticks. Let me know what your faves are! Which lip liners do you pair with your perfect red? Let’s talk about it!

Disclaimer: I no longer support Marc Jacobs Beauty, but far be it for me to tell you what to buy, boo boos…

I’m a 30-something, fun loving blogger who enjoys makeup, plus size fashion, and all things girly, glam, and fabulous! I am a naturalista as well as an advocate for paleo eating (AIP). While much of my focus is on beauty, I will be chronicling my weight loss and diet, as well as my natural hair journey. I hope that I can inspire women to give themselves some TLC. Life is so fleeting. We have to remember to take time to enjoy it.

  1. I was just looking at a YouTube video the other day about what Korean men think about Black women. Besides them calling us sexy they said a red lip looks perfect on our skin tone. I totally agree. We are some beautiful women and red just enhances our beauty.

  2. I often pair my lippies with MAC Nightmoth or Vino. Red is my favorite lipstick color! Some in my rotation include Cherry Blossom by Coloured Raine, Aphrodite by Napoleon Perdis , Merlot by Dose of Colors and Icon by Hourglass.

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