9 Best Brown Lipsticks To Shop

by Jessica Willingham

Brown lipstick is a bit of a dark horse in the makeup world. While reds are classic and pinks are girly, browns are edgy and a little mysterious (just how I like my makeup). Here are the nine best brown lipsticks to shop and how to rock them.

First, "brown" is a blanket statement that really doesn't accurately describe some of these ultra-flattering shades. Lipsticks range from terra-cotta, reddish shades to the ever-popular "greige" brown that compliments everyone. I think of brown lipstick like I think of nude shades — it's a wearable neutral, but unlike nudes, brown can be amped up for a night out or big event. If you have fair skin, these browns can really make a bold statement. If you have medium to darker skin, you can wear these as a nude or layer them to create a deep, romantic look.

Like all things makeup, shades come in warm, neutral, and cool tones. Most people are warm-toned in skin, so cool-toned lips will look best. Remember, opposites attract: Cool tones look best on warm skin, and vice versa. If you aren't sure, go for neutral. But, let's be real: You always wear whatever the hell you want.

1. Lip Kit by Kylie in True Brown K

Lip Kit by Kylie in True Brown K, $29, Kylie Cosmetics

Granted, these are currently out of stock, but if you're in the market for a great brown, this is worth the wait. It comes with a liner and matte liquid lipstick, so you have everything you need to nail the look.

2. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Whirl

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Whirl, $25, Amazon

This is the dirty rose shade that made Kylie Jenner's pout famous. It's a '90s-esque brownish red color that is gorgeous on practically everyone, which is why it's one of MAC's all-time bestsellers.

3. Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Sand

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Sand, $18, Dose of Colors

Sand just goes to show that "brown" can look a million different ways. This shade creates a gorgeous nude lip so you can play up other parts of your look.

4. OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha

OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha, $20, O FRA

OFRA has comfortable, long wearing liquid lipsticks in true shades. I love this one for the fall and winter time — it looks like a hot cup of happy.

5. Jefferee Star Cosmetics Lipstick in Dominatrix

Jefferee Star Cosmetics Lipstick in Dominatrix, $18, J efferee Star Cosmetics

Jefferee Star has three brown shades to choose from in his liquid lipstick collection, ranging from a light greige to this deep, rustic brown.

6. Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Collection

Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs in Maple Kiss, $4, Amazon

This range of browns has a soft, creamy formulation and real staying power. However, almost every shade in the line is a warm-toned brown, so if you're warm they may be a little too much. Cool toned girls will love it.

7. ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lips in Limbo

ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lips in Limbo, $6, Colour Pop

If you're looking for a less dewy brown lip look, consider this reddish brown matte formula. Kylie would so approve.

8. Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in 1995

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in 1995, $15, Amazon

This is another earthy, reddish color with brown undertones that are wearable for anytime of day or occasion. Gerard Cosmetics runs discounts so often, you'll never have to pay full price — just be sure to follow their social media accounts!

9. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira, $20, S ephora

This looks like a warm, deep red but when swatched Vampria is a chocolatey red that is irresistible. You can play up the brown with a true brown lip liner and increase the longevity of the wear.

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