The Best Lipstick Shades for Brunettes

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The Best Lipstick Shades for Brunettes
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Not all brunettes are the same. Look into your eye color, skin tone, and darkness of your hair color to find the best lipstick shade for you!


The best lipstick for brunettes will flatter your skin tone and complement your eye color — so one size doesn’t not fit all brown-haired beauties. The good news: If you’re a brunette, you have loads of lipstick color options open to you and can expect plenty of brands to cater to your look. Now you just have to find that pitch perfect shade. Once you know how to take into account your hair shade, skin tone, and eye color combination, finding the best color lipstick is a snap.


Brunettes have so many lipstick choices it can be daunting. Don’t be afraid to try new things or to buy a couple of different shades so you can decide which suits you best after a week or two. We filtered out the best lipstick options depending on your features, so time to get experimenting. Eventually, you’ll find your signature look and it will be yours forever. Below, discover the 16 best lipsticks for brunettes from Sephora.


Best Lipsticks for Brunettes with Dark, Almost Black, Hair

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Backstage Bambi


The best lipstick for brunettes who have very dark hair will be a bold shade, so don’t be afraid to take a risk! This is especially true for lipstick for fain skin and dark hair combos. The exact shade can enter into loads of color categories: Pink or red is smashing, as is coral. Opt for a matte or high gloss and use a matching or slightly darker lip liner for impact. If you have a bow shaped mouth, definitely show it off; if you have thin lips, try a slightly lighter shade. This satin-matte vivid hot pink from Kat Von D hits the mark.

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Zoe Kravitz Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Wolf's Red


Let Snow White be your beauty inspiration. Dark hair and a red lip are a match made in heaven. This top-rated shade from Sephora is called "Wolf's Red" so you can really go all out with the Disney theme.

Best Lipstick for Brunettes with Lighter Brown Hair

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Too Faced Peaches and Cream Peach Kiss Lipstick in Got Peach?


If you have lighter brown hair but tan easily, go for the sun-kissed look and try colors like deep apricot or peach. Add a glossy overlay for a kissable mouth. If you tend to be fair and freckle easily, try a slightly stronger shade such as cinnamon or rust. Pink is fine, as long as it is not too orange or warm in hue; go instead for cool-toned pinks. You can apply gloss after blotting your lipstick to help mute intense shades. This matte, terracotta peach shade from Too Faced will work wonders.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Sprice


Snap up this lipstick to mouth off in hues of ripened apricot peach. This lipstick packs a powerful pigment and a smooth finish. One happy shopper wore this lipstick to a concert and was delighted to discover that "after eleven hours, it still looked amazing!"

Best Lipstick for Brunettes with Dark Eyes

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored


The best lipstick for brunettes with dark eyes is some form of red shade. This can be flaming crimson for a night out on the town or a more muted red with brown undertones for everyday wear. The choice is yours; either way you’ll look red hot. Try out this perfect universal red by Fenty Beauty — you'll thank us later.

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cheerleader


If a muted red is more your style, reach for this sophisticated shade. The lipstick is long wear and transfer-proof, making it a great choice for date night. The formula contains antioxidants for hydrating your lips.

Best Lipstick for Brunettes with Blue Eyes

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Heartless


Blue-eyed brunettes should steer clear of orange or too-warm hues, instead opting for shades of pinks, from dusty roses to bubblegum pinks, that complement their eye color. Many blue-eyed beauties have fair skin (though definitely not all!), and if that’s your case, add a little shine to add some life back into your complexion. Deeper skin tones can play more with mattes. Experiment with the look with this baby pink from Urban Decay.

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KAJA Air Heart Lightweight Natural Finish Lipstick in Sprung


Make your blue eyes pop with a pretty, kissable shade of nude rose. The lipstick is formulated with rose extract for a boost of hydration. The formula is lightweight and plumping for a prettified pout.

Best Lipstick for Brunettes with Green Eyes

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KVD Vegan Beauty Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in L.U.V.


Plum or violet tones give a great contrast to green eyes to really make them pop. So, green-eyed brunettes can have a little fun with some more outside-the-box purple hues, keeping in mind their skin tone and shade of brown hair to make specific decisions. Get started on the fun with this rich violet shade.

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Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Superstitious Matte


If you're feeling bold, rock a bright purple lip. This lipstick is perfect for a party or even some offices — with enough confidence, you can pull off anything.

Best Lipstick for Brunettes with Fair Skin

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NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita


Give your fair skin a porcelain glow with lipstick shades in the pink and red family. Pay attention to whether you’re warm- or cool-toned, particularly when you have quite fair skin. To find that, look on the inside of your wrist, and if your veins look purple or blue, you’re cool, if they’re green, you’re warm. Can’t tell, you’re probably neutral. Cool-toned, fair-skinned brunettes should opt for pinks and reds with cool, bluish undertones. Warm-toned, fair-skinned brunettes consider instead yellow or orange pinks and reds to enhance that natural warmth. This dusty rose lipstick will compliment cool-toned, fair-skinned brunettes especially well.

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Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lipstick in Nude Reality


If you're a warm-toned, fair-skinned brunette, try out this luxe lipstick from Bobbi Brown. The vibrant undertones will likely look lovely against your skin. Plus, the lipstick lasts twelve hours so you can apply in the morning for luscious lips all day long.

Best Lipstick for Brunettes with Olive Skin

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NARS Lipstick in Flamingo


For brunettes who have olive skin, lipsticks in plums, orange-corals, or even mauves look stunning. Avoid any shade with a too-pearly cast or anything too light because it can drain your naturally warm- or neutral-tones. Celebrate a warmer skin tone with a bold coral for a night out, but honestly, brunettes with olive skin have hit the lipstick jackpot, and a wide range of shades look killer. Sizzle in this shade of orange-red. Appropriately named Audacious, this lipstick is sure to turn heads.

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Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Mysterious Plum


This plum shade will flatter olive skin for a look that's so lovely, it may become your signature. This lipstick is a bold bestseller with 614.9k hearts on Sephora and counting. Make it yours for only $15.

Best Lipstick for Brunettes with Deep Skin Tones

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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick 2 in Viva La Vergara


The best lipstick color for brunettes with deep skin tones is anything in the berry, wine, and chocolate families. And don’t be afraid to go bold! You could also play with contrast by picking a matte pastel (avoid anything too frosted or pearl) in the same color families. This wine-inspired shade from Charlotte Tilbury receives rave reviews for its "all-day staying power" and "smooth" texture.

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown


Another amazing option from Charlotte Tilbury, this lipstick is moisturizing with orchid extract ingredients that soothe lips. There are 12 shades to choose from, but we recommend a soft chocolate brown for complementing deep skin tones.