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The Best Nude Lipsticks for Medium to Deep Complexions

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Feb 16, 2021
The Best Nude Lipsticks for Medium to Deep Complexions

Get a simple swipe of color with these nudes

The irony of a nude lip? This timeless beauty trend looks simple and ultra-achievable, and it is… but finding the right one for your skin tone can be incredibly difficult. Those with medium to deep complexions have often struggled to get their hands on the best nude lipstick for their natural, everyday makeup looks - one that won’t wash them out or clash with undertones. Even beauty influencer and icon Jackie Aina has called out the lack of nude lipstick shades for Black women in the past. That being said, the beauty world has been all about inclusivity in recent years, and with Black History Month happening in February...now is the time to shop all the best nude lipsticks for deeper skin. You’re looking for those with warmer, caramel undertones that pull your entire makeup look together… and trust us, there are plenty. The best nude lipsticks for those with medium to deep skin tones can be found in the aisles of the drugstore, luxury makeup counter, and everything in between… and these are the top picks from MIRA BEAUTY.

Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unveil by Fenty Beauty, $25

Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unveil by Fenty Beauty
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You can’t talk about the best beauty lines for deeper skin tones without mentioning Fenty Beauty - the brand that caused a frenzy (in the good way!) in 2017 with 40+ shades of Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. These days, this type of extensive shade collection is the norm rather than the exception… and it transfers over into the brand’s lipsticks, as well. Stunna Lip Paint is known for its universal red color, Uncensored, that looks flawless on literally everybody - and you’ll be just as impressed with Unveil. This chocolate brown hue is the ideal nude lipstick for medium to deep complexions, bringing out the warmth in your skin for a sweet and sexy look. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s practically weightless, and stays on all day long without smudging or fading. Rihanna has never done you wrong, and you’ll Unveil (pun intended) your most gorgeous makeup looks with this universal nude lipstick by Fenty Beauty.

Matte Lipstick in Peach Please by Mented Cosmetics, $18

Matte Lipstick in Peach Please by Mented Cosmetics
Source: Mented Cosmetics

Jackie Aina is a fierce advocate for inclusivity and diversity in beauty, as evidenced by the #pullupforchange campaign she launched in June 2020 in support of Black Lives Matter, and her outspoken views on the lack of nude makeup shades for women of deeper complexions. Her contributions to the makeup world have made lasting change, and there’s no better way to celebrate Jackie than with one of her favorite lipsticks -  Matte Lipstick in Peach Please by Mented Cosmetics. This Black-founded beauty brand makes products designed specifically for women of color, and in fact began a mission to create the perfect nude lip for deeper skin tones. It’s a match made in beauty heaven for Jackie, and she agrees. “There’s actual options for people who look like me, where was this company 10 years ago?” she asks in a YouTube video. Peach Please is a sweet, peachy nude that provides extreme pigmentation, staying power, and a touch of natural radiance that looks incredible on deeper skin tones, and your routine will never be the same after you’ve loaded it with Mented Cosmetics favorites!

Matte Lip Whip in Salted Caramel Mocha by Beauty Bakerie, $20

Matte Lip Whip in Salted Caramel Mocha by Beauty Bakerie
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“10/10 recommend Beauty Bakerie! Everything that I have used from them I LOVE, especially the Lip Whips!” Our MIRA community loves this Black-owned vegan beauty brand, and you’ll find your new favorite nude wrapped up in one edible, exquisite package. Matte Lip Whip is a top-rated liquid lipstick that provides sensational color in one swipe - with no fading, smudging, or transferring throughout the day. There are plenty of gorgeous nude lipsticks to choose from, but our favorite has to be Salted Caramel Mocha. Reviews call this the “best nude in the entire world,” “ideal for an everyday look,” and “a perfect brown nude with just a hint of neutral.” And it’s all 100% true. Your deeper skin will love this dazzling brown shade, which is a favorite of Beauty Bakerie founder Cashmere Nicole. "This is my nude and I am completely obsessed with this shade,” she writes on the brand’s website. For those of us who want our own nude, but can enjoy the nude shades that correspond to our different skin tones - celebrate with me!" Will do, beautiful!

Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman by NARS, $26

Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman by NARS
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A soft pink hue that hydrates your skin and delivers major levels of glam? You better believe that it’s from NARS. Powermatte Lip Pigment is a luxury makeup product that you need in your life, and American Woman is a chestnut rose that looks simply radiant on medium and deep skin tones. Embrace your inner #Narsissist with this creamy, long-lasting nude lipstick… with a lightweight texture that delivers maximum pigment and pops of color. You want a nude hue that stands out on your skin, without looking too bright and drawing attention away from your incredible eyeshadow looks (also from NARS, thank you very much)... and Powermatte does just that. Pair it with the brand’s Powder Blush in Exhibit A, one of the best blushes for deeper skin tones, to enhance your complexion all throughout Black History Month. 97% of MIRA guests say that Powermatte by NARS is extremely pigmented, lightweight, and long-lasting - while 92% agree that it hydrates lips.

I Need A Nude Lipstick in Nati by Natasha Denona, $25

I Need A Nude Lipstick in Nati by Natasha Denona
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If you’ve ever tried any Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette, ever, you know that the brand is all about smokey eyes and shimmering lids. And what’s the best way to show off your exquisite eye looks, while still giving your lips the love they deserve? The best nude lipsticks, of course. I Need A Nude Lipstick is a cult favorite from Natasha Denona, who launched the line with a vision of creating the best nude lipsticks to flatter all skin tones. It’s safe to say she succeeded, as I Need a Nude Lipstick carries 18 shades with 4 distinct undertones to match your unique skin tone and style. Nati is a deep brown-mauve shade that looks beautiful on medium to deep skin tones, especially when paired with a golden halo eye or emerald cut crease from Natasha Denona’s eyeshadow palettes. This luxurious, lightweight, and long-wearing formula is made for glam queens, and your deep skin will be dazzling with a swipe of Nati.

MatteTrance Lipstick in Omi by Pat McGrath Labs, $38

MatteTrance Lipstick in Omi by Pat McGrath Labs
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Pat McGrath, AKA Mother, knows a thing or two about finding the best makeup for deeper skin tones. She’s worked as a celebrity makeup artist for decades, and done glam looks for the runway, magazine covers, red carpet and everything in between. That’s how you know you can trust the MatteTrance lipstick, one of the best Pat McGrath Labs products from her top Black-owned beauty brand. One swipe embellishes your pout in creamy, ultra-pigmented  color that feels light-as-air on your lips, yet leaves a modern matte finish that will have all eyes on you. If the smooth and hydrating formula and black-lacquered couture case didn’t convince you to buy this cult product, just know that the nude shades are everything for your medium to deep skin tone. Omi is a mid-tone rose that’s named for supermodel Naomi Campbell, a good friend of Pat McGrath, while 1995 and Peep Show are pinky-brown shades that pull your runway-ready makeup looks together. MatteTrance has tons of glowing reviews from deeper skinned supermodels and influencers, and our MIRA community loves it just as much. 94% of MIRA guests say it’s long-lasting, and 88% agree that it’s hydrating.

Matte Lipstick in Maison by NYX Professional Makeup, $6

Matte Lipstick in Maison by NYX Professional Makeup
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“Never dry feeling, always creamy, dreamy and matte AF!” Actual quote from NYX Professional Makeup about the brand’s Matte Lipstick, and they aren’t exaggerating. This $6 favorite has all the staying power, smoothness, and sensational color of a luxury makeup product, and you’ll want to collect all the nude lipstick shades for your medium to deep skin tone. Our personal favorite? Maison. This chocolate brown hue is as decadent as it looks, especially on deeper skin with cooler undertones, and works for all occasions. From the simple makeup looks you’ve become accustomed to in 2020 to the glam looks you’ve been practicing for your first night out post-quarantine, this nude lipstick is everything for your melanin-rich complexion. 97% of MIRA guests agree that Matte Lipstick is long-lasting and pigmented, while 94% say that it’s smooth upon application!

Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cork by Dose of Colors, $18

Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cork by Dose of Colors
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“Oh my god this lipstick is amazingggg I’ve worn it for hours and eaten a hamburger and NOTHING, it does not move. Also there’s soooo many colors it’s crazy.” An ultra-rich nude lipstick for medium to deep skin tones that lets you have your burger, and eat it too? That’s the dream from Dose of Colors. Liquid Matte Lipstick has a velvety matte finish that embellishes your lips in luxurious, long-lasting color - and speaking of which, there are nearly 40 to choose from. Cork is an extremely popular shade for women of color, as this warm golden brown accentuates the beauty of your deeper skin tone and works for all settings. Wear it on your Zoom call for a work presentation that quite literally lets your lips do the talking, on your Valentine’s Day virtual date with your beloved, or anything in between. MIRA guests are obsessed with this nude lipstick by Dose of Color - with top ratings for being long-lasting, pigmented, and lightweight - and you will be too!

Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Seductress by Maybelline, $10

Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Seductress by Maybelline
Source: Maybelline

This cult favorite drugstore lipstick by Maybelline lives up to its name -  beloved by countless makeup artists and beauty influencers (many with deeper skin!) for its high-impact color and uncanny ability to stay on all day long. You’ll get flawless color in just one swipe of the doe foot applicator, which stays in place for up to 16 hours without any fading, smudging, or drying. One MIRA guest says it best. “This is my go-to lip product! I’ve purchased 8 shades so far and all are equally as lovely and amazing as the last. They smell like coconut, they go on thick which limits mistakes, and they dry down to a barely-there finish but oh boy is it there and it will stay there!” Now that you know why this formula is the real deal, let’s talk about the colors. There are plenty of nudes to choose from, and Seductress is a pink-brown hue that will look simply radiant on your medium to deep skin tone. Superstay is an incredible way to perfect your pout on a budget - and 97% of MIRA guests say that this lipstick is long-lasting and delivers precise application.

Find all the best nude lipsticks for medium to deep skin tones on MIRA.