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The Lipstick Shades That Allow Your Lips To Be The Star

Whether you're more of a vampy girl or you like to keep it cute and classic, here are your new fave shades.

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There's nothing that pulls a look together quite like a fire lipstick.

Whether you don a full face to accompany it or simply use it accentuate your natural features, there's no doubting the power of a good pout. And that's exactly why we've rounded up a handful of our fave lippies that we're currently falling over just in time for the new season. And we've got something for everybody!

So if you're more of a vampy girl or you like to keep it cute and classic––scroll on to find your new faves.

The Lip Bar: Bawse Lady

The Lip Bar

It's a known fact that Black girls can wear any color and this brick red is just another example. The Lip Bar's "Bawse Lady" is the perfect go-to for when a run to the store or for a safe (socially-distanced) outing!

$15.99

M.A.C: Ruby Woo

M.A.C

If you don't have this staple in your makeup bag, then sis what are you waiting for? This classic red looks good on literally anyone, but it's especially poppin' on us melanated women. Get into it!

$19.00

MAC: Flat Out Fabulous

M.A.C

Staying in the M.A.C family, if you're one of those girls who love a pop of color no matter the season––then this beautiful plum pink is just for you. With its soft matte finish, it's sure to turn heads wherever you go.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme: Obsession

Milani

There's a reason why this lippie is called Obsession. With its vibrant, rich hue––you'll be wearing this again and again. And for an added bit of glam, dab a swipe of clear gloss after it dries for a kissable shine.

$9.28

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink: Protector

Fall is right around the corner and the one thing you NEED is a good vampy lip. This dark brown is a universal lewk that turns up the drama to your look with little to no effort.

$7.98

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink: Driver

Maybelline

Now before you look at us crazy, trust us when we say this color is IT. If you're looking for a good nude with a soft, non-sticky finish--this is your girl. Just make sure to outline your lips first with your favorite dark brown lip pencil/lipstick and blend for a nice, natural look.

$7.98

NYX Lip Lingerie: Beauty Mark

NYX

We know it's often hard for us darker brown girls to find a good nude, but NYX definitely came through for us with this muted brown tone. We'd also recommend outlining your lips with a dark brown liner just so your lips can stand out.

$6.99

NYX Lip Lingerie: Embellishment

NYX

This muted rose pink color paired with a dark brown liner as well will give you that cutesy pink pout that we've all come to admire. And if you want it to look a bit more natural, add a tinted gloss to set the look off.

$6.99

NYX Buttergloss: Praline

NYX

When Lil' Mama said her lipgloss was poppin', we're sure she talking about this buttergloss. The name is accurate because of how smoothly it glides on and this color is the perfect finisher to any look.

$4.99

E.L.F Lip Laquer: Clear

E.L.F

I know lipstick may not be for everyone, so for my ladies who like to keep it as natural as possible, this clear gloss is right up your alley. Sometimes a glossy lip just hits different, so you can definitely use this baby to turn your pout from matte to shiny too. (Just remember the clear gloss will take on whatever color your matte lip is, so might wanna keep a couple of these handy.)

$3.00

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