The best brown lipsticks for brown skin

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Although some think that brown lipstick is universal, the reality is not all brown lip shades are equal. Especially with deeper, richer melanated tones, there’s a need for well-formulated lipsticks that actually go deep enough. While there’s been a lot of improvement, there’s still a hunt to find that ~perfect~ brown lipstick for dark skin.

Thankfully, there are a few brown lipsticks that are ITK-beauty-editor-approved. The best part? They won’t break the bank and they’re perfect for fall.

Badass Icon Lipstick, $24

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This smooth, lightweight texture comes in a matte finish and offers long-lasting hydration. Plus it’s vegan. The lipstick comes in 19 shades and there’s a ton of options for the nudes.

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Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick, $25

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When it comes to a great matte lipstick, look no further than Huda Beauty! For all the melanated girls, there are many browns in the kit that can work. Some favorites? Game Night and Last Night (although there are many other shades that will fit your needs).

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Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color, $25

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If you like a liquid matte finish, Fenty Beauty’s Uncuffed, Unbutton and Unveil are great options if you’re searching for a brown shade. 

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Matte Duos, $28

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Go for a lipstick-and-liner pairing with the matte duos by Mented Cosmetics. There are five different iterations perfect for all the brown shades out there.

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Melt Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick, $19

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These matte-finish liquid lipsticks have a long-wearing formula and are extremely pigmented when applied. 

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Lip Soufflé Matte Cream Lipstick, $20

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Some browns and nudes can even come in terra cotta. This muted tone from Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez is sure to be a crowd favorite.

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NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment, $26

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Although all the colors in the NARS Powermatte collection are worth the splurge, if you need a lighter color to wear on its own or to pair with a lip liner, the shade Get It On will be your best friend.

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