8 Vegan + Cruelty-free Nude lipsticks for Darker Ladies

Nude lipsticks are essential! Whether you are going to work, to the mall, or a fancy dinner party, a flattering nude lip can make all the difference. While the “nude” is seen on many lipsticks, that can be misleading, especially for women with darker complexions. 

Buzzfeed did an amazing job explaining why the word ‘nude’ can lead bronzy women down the wrong path of color selecting.

We found that colors that are actually marketed as nude are usually more fitting for white women than they are for women with brown skin tones. But, when we tried colors with brown names, like “java” and “coffee,” we had significantly better results.
Source: Buzzfeed

As you can see, the lipstick labeled as “nude” did not bring out the beauty in these women. Most nude lipsticks are designed for women with lighter skintones but that doesn’t mean there aren’t nude lip shades for us. Below are just some of the best lippies in the vegan and cruelty-free world for you to enjoy whenever! 


Nudes for Brown Beauties

  1. Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La La $23.50 * 
  2. Dose in Chocolate Wasted $18.00 *
  3. Aromi in Caramel Nude $17.00 *
  4. Inika in After Dark $39.00 *
  5. Beautie Brownie in S’mores D’oeuvres $20.00 * (POC-OWNED)
  6. Zuzu Luxe in Chocolate Cherry $19.10 *
  7. Fairy Girl in Melrose $25.00 *
  8. Too Face in Naughty by Nature $21.00



National Novel Writing Month Day 7: Best Red Lip Color For Your Skin Tone

Who doesn’t like a red lip? It is a classic color and goes well with everything and you can wear it for any occassion.

Just like my article for the berry group, not all reds are created equal. You should consider your skintone and undertone to find the perfect red.

Red lip for Skintone-Undertone

If your skintone is within the range of medium to tan:

Now onto the dark to deep skin tones (like myself!):

Remember: lip liner is your friend!

Red lips can be worn either with a bold smokey eye or a bare lid with a cat eye; it’s totally up to you!

Vegan+ Cruelty-free Marsala Lips

Article #2 about this year’s color: Marsala! This time I found lipsticks to spice up your fall or winter look!

*= Vegan-Friendly

Marsala lips

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Plum Lipsticks for Darker Cruelty-free & Vegan Ladies

Personally, fall is my favorite season. I love seeing the richer, deeper colors of green, orange, red, and yellow in fashion and makeup. I especially love fall because this means darker lip colors.


Like choosing other lip colors, determining your skin tone and undertone is important so your skin doesn’t look dull or gray–but radiant and flawless.

If your skintone is within the range of medium to tan:

  • and has a warm undertones like Halle Berry or Kelly Rowland–chose a lipstick with a rich reddish-purple color (think wine!) or a burgundy. Because you are warm, a blue-tone berry lipstick will blend well with your undertone and whiten your teeth.  Like this dark berry, maroon lipstick by Aromi *.
  • and has a cool undertone similar to Rosario  Dawson or Jennifer Hudson, mauve lipsticks with pink or rose undertones are perfect. Ecco Bella’s lipstick in Rosewood * is a mauve shade with slight pink undertones.

Now onto the dark to deep skin tones (like myself!):

  • If your skintone is similar to Lupita Nyong’o’s or Gabby Union’s with warm undertones, search for lipsticks that are similar to wine colors–rich and dark. For example, Red Apple’s Wine and Dandy * is awesome! This deep, wine lip color with purple undertones will bring out your golden hues without being overpowering.
  • If your skintone is closer to Alek Wek’s or Uzo Aduba’s and has a cooler undertone, bright lip colors of magenta or violet look great on you. Even dark reds with chocolate-brown tones within them look amazing on you too! But because of the contrast between the deep, dark tone of your skin and the lipstick–I believe Lime Crime’s lipstick in Poisonberry * is just the bright and bold lipstick your skin tone wants!


Lipliner is your friend!

Because your lips are darker, choose a more natural eye or blush color.