With browns and all these rosy shades making a comeback, I gathered some of the browns or brown-tinged colors that are pretty for any occasion and won't make you look like you just stole the lipstick from your mom's vanity and secretly wore it. These brown and brown-hued colors look good even for brides (where we usually choose brights or pastels) or for everyday or a night out. Wear them with subtle smokey eyes or a complimentary smoky eye (I like the olive green smokeys like Emily Blunt in Devil wears Prada) or simply eyeliner and mascara and you're good to go.
|Lipsticks most probably in Tita's vanity, and flatlayed on a Tita staple: the shawl.|
So here are the Bambikitty-approved Tita colors that transcend generations.
MAC Lipstick in Twig
This satin finish shade was actually the shade of my very-first MAC lipstick way back in the 90s with MAC's old packaging. The pretty "soft, muted brownish-pink" is an MLBB (my-lips-but-better) color. For bridal, I mix it with a bit of bright pink or pink pastel but on its own, it looks good with very little eye makeup and paired with a neutral pink blush like MAC Mocha.
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in #N13
This is also another brown-pink color that's more on the cushy, moisturizing formula. The color is comparable to twig but it has a shinier finish and a more moisturizing feel. It's perfect for editorial or natural look. Pair it with just tightlining eyes and mascara or with brown smokey eyes and lashes if you're going for a night out.
HappySkinXLoveMarie Shut Up and Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lip Liner in First Date
Happy Skin's recent collaboration with Heart Evangelista showcases lip-loving products such as mini matte lippies and lipliners featuring her own illustrations. It was hard to pick a favorite here actually, as I wanted them all. First date is a sexy, plummy-mauve color. The lipliner actually can function as a lipstick on its own and I recommend this to ladies with thin lips as it's easier to control.
Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rose Brown
Another pink-brown with a bright and youthful effect. This also functions as a cheek tint and eye color, making this a very versatile product you can take with your anywhere, Just buy a separate sharpener for this, also available at Bobbi Brown counters.
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in OR 540
When I bought this color in Shu Uemura, I asked for a nice coral or orange lipstick that is great to be worn by the mother of the bride and they gave me this. The formulation is cushy and not drying and gives a kiss of coral, in case you're into the warmer palette for makeup. Use this during the summer when your skintone is much warmer or anytime you want to wear peaches and browns in your makeup.
Maybelline Creamy Matte lipstick in Nude Nuance
Maybelline brings the browns back in their recent collection, the Creamy Matte Brown Nudes, which are selling quite well. The bestseller, Nude Nuance, is a nude color but not dead nude and there's enough color that it can stand on its own with little or no eye makeup. Using this lipstick and a few techniques, you may pull off the pouty, Kylie look.
Revlon Matte Balm in Fierce
Remember the 90's It Girl look? The choker, the babydoll dresses, platform shoes, mini backpacks, eyeliner, and the perfect brown lipstick to accentuate it all. Think Neve Campbell or Jennifer Aniston in Friends. Millenials, this is the 90's brown your Titas loved and probably wore to prom. You will love it too.
Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Dahlia
MAC Viva Glam I
One of my favorite reds, this red is bricky brown that's super sexy. This one lasts long on the lips. This is a classic as well and can be mixed with other reds or color a really pale nude color, if you wish in order to create your own MLBB brown shade.
This is another power color I can wear on events. I like it when I do power looks if I want to look really strong and make a statement, like if I'm conducting a workshop for corporate clients. It's a serious color but not necessarily blah. Dubonet is deeper that Viva Glam I, almost like a browner and less matte MAC Diva.
The brown shades I chose are subdued enough for office wear or everyday but have just that amount of color so you won't look too dead. Ladies who still would want something bright on their lip can love the deeper brick or brown colors, as they give the face some brightness but it's not too outlandish. It kind of spells like power woman (boss, madam, CEO, that sort of vibe) and isn't powerful sexy? These show that brown does not necessarily mean ageing or muddy shades. You can have a pink-brown, mauve-brown, or a coral brown, the 90's sexy brown, or the deep brown-red. There are also different finishes from creamy to full-on matte, depending on what you would prefer.
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