Words by Chantelle Billson
Original Thumbnail Art by Antonia Weishaupt
Lipstick can elevate your look and accentuate your facial features. That is why it is so important to choose the right formula of lipstick but also the right shade. As a black woman, at times, I struggled to find the “perfect lipstick”. Here are some of my all-time favourite lipsticks for black women – no need to stress about the shades being too light or the textures too heavy, these 6 picks are unarguably the best of the bunch.
Bobbi Brown – Pink 6
Let’s start with the brand that has always offered options for black women, Bobbi Brown, a go-to beauty brand, if you’re looking for a lipstick that will take you from day to night then this long-wearing one in shade ‘Pink 6’ will go above and beyond for you. Easily gliding on lips, this semi-matte lipstick offers an instant polish with rich pigment that adds a warm punch to your pout. Add a clear gloss over the top if you’re looking to sass this shade up.
Shu Uemura – Rouge M RD 163
A texture that ‘melts on the lips’ this really could pass as the lipstick of dreams. Colour wise our top pick is Rouge M RD 163, the skin-loving formula boasts the finest balance of yellow and blue tones which enhance your complexion, dependent on your mood you can choose from 3 different finishes; lacquer shine to give that wet-look finish, matte which remains creamy and moisturizing in texture but gives you the versatility to wear this shade day-to-day or, satin, which uses Japanese Camellia oil to give a silky-smooth finish and long-term moisture. If you want to try a new lipstick this season then this is a strong pick!
Fenty Beauty – Saw-C
All hail, Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick – the bloggers favourite and we completely understand why, in a gorgeously golden orange tone Saw-C is the colour we have at the ready in our bags, featuring a simple satin finish Rihanna has completely understood our beauty wishes, long-lasting with a high-octane pigmentation that holds without feeling super heavy. As Rihanna said so well herself: “Lipstick is all about having fun and expressing your mood at any given moment” and we can confirm that the mattemoiselle collection allows the wearer to do exactly that.
Lipstick Queen – Silver Screen, Stella!
Get set to intensify your look in this show-stopping royal purple shade named ‘silver screen, stella!’ Inspired by the vixens of the silver screen this stunning shade works so well for black women. In a moisture-rich formula with pomegranate extract, this long-wearing lipstick keeps your lips feeling supple and silky without looking too wet. Encased in a beautiful silver-tone case this lipstick is guaranteed to add glamour to your routine and with a shade to suit all Lipstick Queen remain one of our favourites for purchasing head-turning shades that are nourishing to our lips
M.A.C Matte Taupe 09
A poised pout has never been easier to achieve, MAC is known for being the brand with ‘a lipstick with hundreds of hues’ and for this reason you can always depend on them to provide a tonne of perfect lippies. MAC matte lipstick in shade ‘taupe 09’ is the perfect shade that adds warmth with a hint of spice in a defined pigmentation and silky-smooth application with a matte look but nourishing feel, that has longevity and gives this lipstick its bestseller title. If you’re looking for a ‘your lips but better’ shade then this just might be the purchase for you.
Shisheido – Coral Pop 217
Last but definitely not least, say hello to Shisheido’s VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in shade 217, coral pop. This beautiful pink shade holds for not only 4 but up to 6-hours and all whilst feeling weightless and remaining richly pigmented. Gliding smoothly on your lips the water infused formula provides a cooling sensation allowing your lips to stay hydrated. Shade 217 works beautifully on black women adding a brightness that works for both day and evening. Offering 28 shades inspired by modern Tokyo, Shisheido is a brand that is worth investing in if you’re looking to find that pout perfect lipstick.