When it comes to cosmetics, lips can be the standout. What you put on your lips is almost as important as any outfit, the finishing touch to your look, and a subtle way to make a statement. Whether bright red, jet black, or shocking pink, your lips can match your mood and enhance your style.
Especially when it comes to so-called 'nude' lipsticks, it can be hard to match some lip products to your particular skin color. We managed to find a few lip glosses and lipsticks, with melanin in mind, to make sure your lips stay looking luscious.
Lips fierce in Fenty
We had to include Rihanna's ground-breaking Fenty Beauty. When she's not killing it on the charts or standing up for children's education, RiRi runs a veritable cosmetics empire.
In addition to the famous 40 shades, and a killer line of fierce foundations, if you're looking for lip gloss, Fenty Beauty has you covered. You could find your fit among the 14 shades of Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks.
Or, if you're looking for a bit more of a glamorous look, you could go for one of the shimmery 'glamsticks', or the liquid lip glitter.
Go nude in Nars
Who says 'nude' has to be mean a pink-peach color? With varying shades of its matte lipstick, as well as lip glosses and lip lacquer kits, Nars Cosmetics has the solution. We just love the names they give their products too! 'Gold Audacious' is definitely one of our favourites!
Blow them all away in Beauté Brownie
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Want a lip gloss that effortlessly glides onto your lips? Maybe you should check out Beauté Brownie. Their 'lipquids' only cost $13, and are a must. In 8 different shades, you're sure to find your favorite. Take a look at their blog too, where they discuss make-up tips and touch some serious topics too.
Flaunt it in Fashion Fair
Fashion Fair has been deeply invested in black women's cosmetic needs for decades, so its no surprise that they have the perfect shades. Whether you're feeling something glossy or a subtle nude shade, Fashion Fair has what you're looking for. Our favorite? We can't choose, but it will have to be the matte lipstick - it comes in 44 different colors.
MAC is a huge name is cosmetics, so it's not overly surprising that they have a good range of lip colors. Few can compete with the 54 shades of lipstick they have on offer, in luscious shades from the creamy pink-lavender of Lazy Lullaby to the deep, sensuous brown of Antique Velvet. They even carried a collab collection of two lipsticks from Nicki Minaj.
But don't just take our word for it, here's makeup guru Jackie Aina reviewing MAC's line of lipsticks.
These brands carry the perfect product and shades for those of us with more melanin. They'll get you feeling like Lil Mama in no time.
What's your favourite? Any you think we've missed out? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter. Let's swap tips!