The '90s are back with a bang! And we couldn't be happier. Matte skin, big hair, what's not to love? But what about brown lipstick, a true blue '90s trend? Sure, it's rocked runways but heck, it does look a little dated. So how does one incorporate brown lipstick into one's daily makeup routine without looking like a stuck-in-the-90s aunty?
Mix things up with pink
Think fifty shades of brown. Forget chocolate or muddy browns and liven thigs up with a hefty dose of pink. Rosy browns are a breeze to wear and look lovely with Indian complexions. I personally love Lakme Absolute Sculpt Matte Lipstick in Pink Possession, a beautiful pinkish brown in high def matte.
Before you shudder at the thought of a brown lip liner, listen up. Choose a rich shade like L'Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lip Liner in Brown. Trace your lips, blending inwards with short strokes. Then add a touch of a moisturizing pink-brown lipstick like L'Oreal Paris CC Genius Balm Caresse in Day Dream Beige to the centre of your lips and press together to blend. The two hues will blend together to give you a stunning ombre lip. Wow!
Still not convinced? Just tap some brown lipstick on your finger and tap on lips for a delicate wash. Combine with smoky grey shadow for the perfect grunge—and updated—'90s look.
It's a Cop (pery) out!
Wheatish skin tones look amazing in coppery browns. I especially love Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Pleasure Me and Copper Brown. Just the hue to make you look like a sultry vixen! The best part they look equally stunning on paler and darker complexions too!
If brown lipstick is all too much, how about investing in a high shine brown lip gloss like Max Factor Vibrant Curve Effect Lip Gloss in Majeste instead? Glosses don't have the staying power of lipstick but you can't deny the sparkle they add to pouts. Perfect for a shimmery party look. Just remember to apply a primer like NYX Professional Makeup Lip Primer beforehand to keep your gloss in place.
Embrace your dark side
This one's for the brave ad beautiful. If you love the idea of brown lipstick, try a really deep brown like L.A. Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick in Runway. Pair it with metallic copper eyes and flawless dewy skin. If this isn't elegant and chic, we don't know what is!
Now for the rest of your face
We've convinced you to try a gorgeous brown lipstick. Now what makeup do you pair it with? No matter what shade of brown you've fallen for, combine with a matte face and swipe of highlighter on cheekbones and above your Cupid's bow to elevate your look. And a few lashings of mascara never hurt anyone!
SPOT IT. SHOP IT.