A Black Girl’s Guide to the Perfect Matte Lip

by Neisha Washington

The cold months can often leave us wishing for warmer weather and brighter hues. A bold lip color is one of the best ways to amp up your impeccable winter style. All is not lost as some of our favorite black vloggers are here to show the way with their reviews on classic shades and exciting beauty finds. #SmartBrownGirl, YouTuber, and author Jouelzy’s knack for finding the best NYX & MAC lipsticks recently inspired me to revamp my own collection. Whether you prefer neutral, natural-looking lip tones or electric colors that pop, here's your beginner’s guide to the perfect matte lip.

It’s My Raye Raye Samples Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick
If you love near neon pinks and striking blues for a good price this is the beauty line for you. Beauty blogger Raye Boyce models 20 shades of Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick. For those with daring fashion sense, Mojito Lover, Gray Lite, and Blackism fall into the more adventurous category. A must watch for bargain shoppers as each of these highly pigmented colors sells for only $2.99.

Featured Colors: Bare Nude, Baby Pink, Pink About It, Sugar Pink, Hot Pink Gossip, Fuchsia Fierce, Red Mangrove, Peach Loo, Mojito Lover, Gray Lite, Lavenderism, Lilac Plum Wine, Purple Affair, Aquatic Blue, Blue Lagoon, Capri Orange, Extreme Coral, Kiss Red, Blackism

Rai Models NYX Matte Lipstick

Also a fan of the NYX line, cosmetic connoisseur Rai samples luscious tints from the beauty brand taking the vlogosphere by storm. For those looking for an inexpensive dupe for the popular MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, Rai recommends NYX’s Eden Matte Lipstick. The NYX collection can be found at your local Target and CVS.

Featured Colors: Street Cred, Eden, Aria, Siren

LegatoGirlGlam Reviews MAC Retro Matte Lipstick

MAC lipstick has long been a staple in many a black woman’s cosmetic palette. Make-up maven Lauren (aka Legato Girl Glam) gives us the spectrum of MAC’s Retro Matte collection from plum pink to deep wine. We especially love the vibrancy of Flat Out Fabulous and the fiery intensity of Dangerous. Which MAC looks do you swear by?

Featured Colors: Flat Out Fabulous, Dangerous, Ruby Woo, Fixed on Drama

MakeupD0ll and Missy Lynn Preview the New Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Looking for moisture and long lasting color? Tutorialists Makeup D0ll and Missy Lynn preview the new Anastasia Liquid Lipstick line that defies notions of a matte lipstick with it’s creamy application and all day staying power. This product may run a bit pricey for some, but it’s enthusiasts guarantee you’ll only need one swipe for brilliant color. We absolutely adore Pure Hollywood as a nude as well as the mesmerizing purplish hues of Potion. Would you give this new line a try?

Featured Colors: Pure Hollywood, Neon Coral, Party Pink, Bloodline, Heathers, Electric Coral,
American Doll, Party Pink Vamp, Heathers, Sad Girl, Potion

It’s always great to see women of color friendly makeup tutorials as it can often be tough to find the best shades for our skin tones. We love black women sharing beauty tips and ultra-pigmented finds with us!

What lipsticks are your die hard favorites? Share your go-to brands and must-have shades in the comments.

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Neisha Washington is a DePauw University graduate, graduate student, and regular contributor to For Harriet.
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