The most common beauty-related question I get on Instagram is, “What’s that lipstick shade?” In second place, is, “What shade do you recommend for morena skin?”
Finding the perfect lipstick is already difficult as it is, but if you’re a morena who’s gotten used to the notion that only a few colors suit you, shopping for that ride-or-die lippie becomes a laborious scavenger hunt. It also doesn't help that most advertisements we have seen growing up featured fair-skinned models. It personally took me many wrong purchases throughout many years before I finally learned what looked good on me.
Luckily, we now live in the age of social media, where morena vloggers and influencers are taking it upon themselves to provide the information and inspiration that we brown girls need. And so, I scoured Instagram for some morena-friendly recommendations to show you!
Cam Lagmay wearing MAC in Velvet TeddyContinue reading below ↓Continue reading below ↓Recommended Videos
This stunning host and fitness influencer looks radiant in this MLBB (my lips but better!) nude shade, MAC in Velvet Teddy. The creamy matte lipstick, when paired with fresh makeup, warm glass skin, and a sleek low bun, is the ultimate pick to exude effortless confidence. Imagine walking into a meeting looking this good! This matte lipstick has a buildable hydrating formula, too, making it perfect for everyday use. No need to top it with lip gloss either, as it already has a sheer glossy finish.
Mara Smith wearing Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Downtown PlumContinue reading below ↓
“It’s my go-to nude,” FilAm model Mara Smith explains, when I asked about her lipstick. When I first scrolled past her selfie, I had to do a quick doubletake and actually ask her if she was wearing anything on her lips. This warm medium-dark plum shade complements her deep skin tone so well that you can’t even tell it was on! This is the ultimate beach babe essential if you want to achieve that tropical goddess look while accentuating your features.
Trish Terrado wearing Happy Skin x Little Twin Stars in Twinkle TwinkleContinue reading below ↓
I’ve personally struggled with pink lipstick in the past because I’ve encountered way too many pale options. *So* pale that I’ve ended up looking more sick than romantic with my makeup. Vlogger Trish Terrado’s lippie is exactly the shade I’ve been looking for—a pigmented deep rose with an ultra-matte finish. Here is a wearable pink that can go from errands and work to nights out and back! It’s truly any millennial morena’s BFF.
Danielle Mortel wearing J.CAT Freedom Creator PaletteContinue reading below ↓
“I usually use that for my cheeks and my lips para I can make my own shade,” Myx VJ Dani shares. The J.Cat Freedom Creator Palette really gives its name justice—you can just imagine all the possibilities those 18 shades have to offer. You can create anything—from perfect nudes and cool browns, to deep purples and bright oranges. It’s time to bring out your inner artist and concoct the perfect shade to paint your gorgeous morena canvas.
Johnreyslife wearing Colourette Velvetint in ToastContinue reading below ↓
If you haven’t heard of Johnrey, you need to step up your YouTube game. Her channel is a morena must-binge, an entertaining resource for all things brown girl beauty— from brutally honest product reviews, to lipstick swatches on dark lips. We’re loving the Colourette Velvetint in Toast on her, an intensely pigmented cinnamon brown shade with a velvety finish. Say hello to the perfect pout that can easily last from day to night!
Hershey Neri wearing Vice Cosmetics in SaveeehContinue reading below ↓
Hershey is wearing a rich reddish-brown lip paired with warm smoky eyes. Just check out how this look complements her bronzed skin! Bonus: If you’re a morena with auburn hair like hers, screenshot this right now and take it with you the next time you get ready for a girls’ night out. Wear this bold lip shade, add a few gold accessories, and you’re bound to make heads turn as soon as you walk into any club.
Angelique Manto wearing Sunnies Face in Baby Spice and NudistContinue reading below ↓
Why pick only one when you can have two? TV and events host Angelique Manto shares with us her perfect Fluffmatte mix: A little bit of this cool blush shade in Baby Spice, and a quick swipe of Nudist, a universally flattering warm almond nude. The power of these two combined makes for a relaxed MLBB look. So does anyone else want to play chemist, too?
Raejell Roxas wearing Sunnies Face Lip Dip in TerracottaContinue reading below ↓
Has anyone else avoided anything remotely orange here, because they were convinced it looked tacky on brown skin? I know I have. But the Sunnies Lip Dip in terracotta is an absolute dream come true for morenas like model Raejell Roxas. If a Wes Anderson film and a sun goddess had a baby in lipstick form, this would be it. If you’re dressing for a fancy date or heading out to a gallery opening, or… what the heck. Whatever the occasion is, if you’re feeling like being a bolder version of yourself, go for it! Let everyone marvel at you while you shine, girl!
Ayn Bernos wearing Beaublends in FearlessContinue reading below ↓
Hello… it’s me. *Awkward laugh.* If I’m writing down a list, I might as well add a personal favorite, right? Right. I can’t help but share this affordable, proudly homegrown gem! The Beaublends liquid lipstick in Fearless is a buildable but pigmented cool brown shade—a major deviation from my usual style. Typically, I’d go for more natural tones and everyday nudes, but I figured I’d have to wear something bold and fearless—*wink, wink*—at one point. I’ve worn this to concerts, nights out, and some pretty memorable dates, too. Bonus trivia nobody asked for, but I thought you should know: It’s kiss-proof!
Aya Abesamis wearing Nivea Lip Care in CherryContinue reading below ↓
Here’s a little something for morenas who’d like to add flair to their no-fuss everyday look, without the complexity of heavy lipsticks. While I visited Aya Abesamis’ profile with the intention of finding a good lippie recommendation, I was pleasantly surprised when she informed me that her simple look was indeed… simple. “It’s just minimal tint and a go-to for lip moisture and care,” the beauty queen explains. “And smells nice too.” She admits to having been using this product since grade school, proving that proper lip care can take you a long way!
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