We at Allure believe that bright red lipsticks and sparkly pink lip glosses have a time and place, but the best dark lipsticks live near and dear to our hearts (and our makeup bags) year-round. Rich plums, dramatic burgundies, bronzy chocolates, and even straight-up black lipsticks are just a few of the deep shades available to you and your lips for your next Wednesday Addams-inspired look. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered with some of the most pigmented brown lipsticks, maroon hues, and plum shades on the market.
Whether you’re going for a vampy, goth, or glam version of dark lips, you can get the results you desire at every imaginable price. Drugstore and affordable brands like Maybelline New York and ColourPop offer options under $15, while YSL Beauty, Giorgio Armani, and Gucci give you high-fashion dark hues that qualify as minor (and totally worth it) investments. Another benefit of darker lipstick shades is that they tend to be more universal, so most of these shades flexibly complement a wide range of skin tones and undertones.
Now, allow us to narrow your choices down to some of our absolute favorite deep shades. Below, you’ll find our top picks for dark lip colors in every finish: matte, glossy, opaque, sheer, and everything in between.
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