With expert insight from celebrity make-up artists Pat McGrath and Monika Blunder, here’s how to find your perfect brown lipstick shade.
Push aside your festive inspiration, bold colour combinations and neon explosions because brown-hued make-up is back.
A nostalgic nod to the 90s, brown make-up, and especially brown lipstick, is the iconic pared-back beauty look we saw on A-listers and supermodels throughout the decade. From Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington to Victoria Beckham, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez, a dark lip was one of the most popular styles worn by the famous crowd.
But, why the surprising return, especially with the current beauty climate so set on embracing colour?
Singer Jennifer Lopez and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington were repeat brown lipstick wearers in the 1990s.
Probably because brown lipstick is the elusive “nude” shade, an inclusive and universally flattering earth-toned shade that suits every single skin tone. Yes, you may have to play with the pigment to find the perfect match to your undertone and skin tone but it warms up any beauty look that it’s paired with.
Whether a subtle shade is your play on the trend or you lean into a richer and more dramatic finish, here’s what the experts have to say about finding the perfect brown lipstick shade for you.