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7 High-End Nude Lipsticks for Black Women

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Links updated as needed on 18 September 2016.

Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color in Angelique Beige (discontinued).

Dior Nude Lip Blush in Trench (discontinued).

Tom Ford Lip Color in Deep Mink (discontinued).

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volute Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in #2 Sensual Silk (discontinued).

Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Moody Margot (discontinued).


This exquisite Tom Ford ad featuring Nigerian model Betty Adewole (while holding Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in In the Buff) prompted me to create a list of all the brown girl friendly luxury nude lipsticks we’ve seen our favorite celebs wear from the world’s most prominent luxury brands. While it is always exciting to find the perfect nude among the choices available at the drugstore, I’ve learned that nude lips is “fashion for your face” (to quote June Ambrose) so why not splurge? Celebrity makeup artist Tai Young provided a recap on how to create your perfect nude lip:

First, you must start with your lips being even in color so you must put your foundation and powder over your mouth to get a blank canvas. Use a neutral lip liner to fill in your lips completely and then try colors on that you like. The one that doesn’t wash you out will be the best choice! 

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And without further ado, here are 12 brown girl friendly luxury nude lipsticks you might want to splurge on now:

Brown Girl Friendly Luxury Nude Lipsticks from Dior

What: Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color in Angelique Beige, $32

Who: Kerry Washington (see more of her nude lip looks)

Where: discontinued

Kerry Washington Dior

What: Dior Nude Lip Blush in Trench, $34

Who: Lupita Nyong’o

Where: Discontinued

Lupita Nyong'o wears Dior Nude Lip Blush in Trench

Brown Girl Friendly Luxury Nude Lipsticks from Tom Ford

What: Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Abandon, $52

Who: Corinne Foxx

Where: Nordstrom

Corinne Foxx wears Tom Ford Lip Shine in Abandon

What: Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Bare, $48

Who: Nicole Beharie

Where: Nordstrom and Selfridges

Nicole Beharie Tom Ford Shine NAACPWhat:  Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude, $49

Who: Cassie, Rihanna and Joan Smalls

Where: Nordstrom and Selfridges

Cassie Bwatt Magazine Tom Ford Blush Nude

Rihanna Tom Ford Blush Nude

Joan Smalls Tom Ford Blush Nude Vogue Turkey

What: Tom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille, $49

Who: June Ambrose

Where: Nordstrom and Selfridges

June Ambrose Tom Ford Nude Vanille

What: Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Nubile, $50

Who: Meagan Good

Where: Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue

What: Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke, $49

Who: Sevyn Streeter, Teyonah Parris and Paula Patton

Where: Nordstrom and Selfridges

Sevyn Tom Ford Sable Smoke

Teyonnah-Parris-Breaking-Bad Tom Ford

Paula Patton Applies Tom Ford's Sable Smoke

What: Tom Ford Lip Color in Deep Mink, $49

Who: Teyonah Parris and Nicole Beharie

Where: Discontinued

Who’s worn it? Danielle of The Style and Beauty Doctor and Natalie Kay of Discoveries of Self

Teyonah Parris Tom Ford Vanity Fair Mad Men

nicole beharie tom ford deep mink(Note: Jasmine Tookes named Deep Mink as one of her favorites but we haven’t seen a pic of her wearing the luxurious hue yet. However, if we have, I’m on the search! Teyonah Parris is listed for both Sable Smoke and Deep Mink because celebrity makeup artist Starlynn Burgen mixed both of these shades together to create a custom blended nude for her.)

Brown Girl Friendly Luxury Nude Lipsticks from Yves Saint Laurent

What:  Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant SPF 15 Lipstick in #1 Nude Beige, $35  

Who: Kelly Rowland and Malinda Williams

Where: NordstromSephoraYves Saint Laurent Beauty and Neiman Marcus

Kelly Rowland MAC YSL Koh Gen Do

What: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in #2 Sensual Silk, $35

Who: Kelly Rowland

Where: Discontinued

Kelly Rowland in Black Dress

Brown Girl Friendly Luxury Nude Lipsticks from Marc Jacobs

What: Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Moody Margot, $30

Who: Gabby Douglas

Where: Discontinued

Gabby Douglass in Marc Jacobs Moody Margot

Yes! You’ve made it to the end of my list! Please note that I will update this post with more brown girl friendly luxury nudes as I encounter them.

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