I was a little hesitant when the make up artist at Saks tried a light brown Nars shade on me. I don’t even like brown as a color so getting a brownish lipstick felt weird. Plus, that’s not even what I was shopping for (not like that has stopped me from buying something before). Also, spending $32 on a lipstick did not seem like the best idea (if you’re unemployed and living in New York City- you know what I’m talking about). Unfortunately, I loved the shade the second I saw myself in the mirror. It’s very subtle but it complimented my face and was the perfect finishing touch to my make up. That’s why I love brown shades- they make you look polished and put-together but you don’t look like you’re trying too hard. They’re definitely more subtle than the classic red lip, which makes them perfect for a job interview, meeting you boyfriend’s parents for the first time or just any day when you feel like you wanna go for a ‘no-make-up’ make up. Check out my favorite shades below!
Nars Audacious Lipstick – Barbara
This was the first brownish/nude shade in my collection. I usually do a couple layers for a more intense shade. The lipstick is super creamy, light and easy to put on. Shop it here.
MAC Lipstick – Fetish
You can never go wrong with a MAC lipstick. They’re definitely my favorite because they really do stay on forever. Whether you’re going out on a Friday night and might have too much champagne to fix your make up during the night or you plan on stuffing your face with pizza- MAC is the way to go. Shop it here.
Kylie Lip Kit- Ginger
There’s been some controversy surrounding Kylie’s Cosmetics but who cares- her shades are awesome. There are a few brown ones in her collection but Ginger is definitely my favorite. Plus, I really like the idea of her lip kits- how convenient is that. Especially with liquid lipsticks- if you’re not a pro make up artists, it’s not the easiest thing to do apply it perfectly. Kylie’s products sell out in minutes but she restocks the items from time to time. Just follow her Snapchat and make sure to have your phone/laptop and a credit card in hand when your favorite shade is back on sale. Shop it here.
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick- Night Birds 47 Beige Blouse
This one is a little different to what I usually prefer (I’m more of a matte kinda girl) but I like that it’s a little shiny and light. Feels almost like a lip gloss without being sticky and gross. Bonus: beautiful packaging! If you feel like splurging, shop it here.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick- Bow N Arrow Fawn Nude
I love this delicate nude shade from Kat Von D. Seriously, why can’t I have a different lipstick for every day of the year? It’s one of those lipsticks that feel really creamy until it dries on your lips and stay on for a few days. Bonus points to Kat Von D since her cosmetics are vegan and paraben-free! Shop it here
Revlon Matte Balm – Fierce
Revlon is my favorite when it comes to lipstick shopping on a budget. This is a little darker brown shade with a matte finish (did I mention I love matte lipsticks?). Bonus: it also moisturizes your lips! Shop it here.