“I made it because I wanted the girls to get kissed more.”
Lip glosses have the power to completely transform a makeup look creating a polished glow to catch everyone’s attention.
This makeup essential is found in every girl’s cosmetic bag and when applied your lips take centre stage.
However, finding the perfect lip gloss which is not sticky, hydrates the lips and is long-lasting can be a nuisance.
To add to the list of worries, brown skin girls in particular struggle with finding the perfect shade for their complexion.
Brown and darker skin complexions are notably less represented in the makeup industry.
However, brands like Fenty Beauty, established in 2017, are carving a space for brown and darker skin tones to feel accepted in the makeup industry.
Since then, mainstream cosmetic brands have also broadened their inclusivity across skin tones.
Undoubtedly, this is a huge milestone for brown and darker skin tone girls who once struggled to find their perfect match in cosmetic products.
We explore which lip glosses are brown girl friendly and should certainly be included in your collection of lip products.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminiser in Fenty Glow
American pop sensation, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, who is popularly known as Rihanna or BadGalRiri, revolutionised the makeup industry when she first launched her makeup line, Fenty Beauty in September 2017.
Her well-thought-out makeup brand promised “Beauty for All” as she identified the void in the industry after years of experimenting with the ‘best’ makeup.
Soon after its launch, Fenty Beauty captivated makeup lovers worldwide and continues to be one of the leading brands in the industry.
One of the first products launched by Rihanna was the much-loved Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminiser in the shade, Fenty Glow.
According to the Fenty Beauty website, Rihanna revealed the reason behind her determination to create the perfect universal shade. She said:
“I made it because I wanted the girls to get kissed more.”
The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb delivers a stunning shine without a sticky feeling on the lips.
Enriched with shea butter, this shimmering rose nude lip gloss will instantly become a favourite for every brown girl after just one swipe.
The Universal Lip Luminiser is available in an array of shades including:
- Hot Chocolit – Shimmering rich brown
- Cheeky – Shimmering bright red orange
- Fu$$y – Shimmering dusty pink
- $weet Mouth – Shimmering soft pink
- Diamond Milk – Shimmering pearl
- Glass Slipper – Clear
The array of shades offer beautiful colour pay-offs without compromising on the shine. These brown girl friendly lip glosses are a must-have.
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Ginger Snap
Known as one of the best drug store makeup brands, NYX Professional Makeup is renowned for its gorgeous lip glosses.
NYX’s decadent Butter Glosses are available in 12 stunning shades. In particular, the shade Ginger Snap complements brown skin tones.
The chocolate brown colour delivers a creamy formula which is both hydrating and long-lasting.
Speaking exclusively to DESIblitz, Shanaz expressed her love for the lip gloss. She said:
“The NYX Butter Gloss in Ginger Snap is my go-to lip product. As a brown girl, I have always struggled to find the right lip gloss for me.
“I bought this on a whim and I am so glad I did! It doesn’t feel thick on my lips and the colour is stunning for my skin tone.
“I would certainly recommend this to all brown girls.”
If you are still apprehensive of buying this lip gloss, then be sure to try NYX’s live try-on option available on the website.
This feature allows the user to try the shade on in real-time to find out whether it is the right shade for you.
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle
Lustrous, shimmery and radiant – these are the words that come to mind when mentioning the Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss.
This high-shine champagne-coloured gloss is vitamin-enriched which means it conditions lips without leaving a sticky residue.
Bare Sparkle is infused with a special blend of pearls in a clear base offering optimum shine that lasts for hours.
This stunning shade with its warm undertones perfectly matches brown skin tones ranging from tan to dark.
Apply Bare Sparkle to bare lips for a ‘your lips but better’ look. Alternatively, apply the product over lip liner or lipstick.
This will further intensify the colour of your chosen lip product by adding dimension to the look.
NARS Multi-Use Gloss in Working Girl
This limited edition multi-use gloss by leading cosmetics brand NARS is one to buy before it is gone.
This gorgeous metallic yellow-gold colour looks lovely on women of a darker complexion.
The creamy formula is packed with hydrating coconut oil and vitamin E ensuring the gloss glides on effortlessly creating an eye-catching look.
Pair the high-shine lip gloss with a simple eye look and base to glamorise and add dimension to the makeup look.
In fact, the NARS gloss can also be used on eyes as a shimmery eyeshadow and cheeks as a highlighter.
Glossier Lip Gloss
We’re taking it back to 2004 with this gorgeous lip gloss by Glossier which continues to be a staple in countless makeup bags.
This long-wearing lip gloss comes with a doe-foot applicator which ensures the right amount of product is applied to the lips in one swipe.
Infused with jojoba oil and vitamin E, the Glossier Lip Gloss keeps the lips moisturised throughout the day.
Glossier’s lip glosses are available in a range of shades. These include Clear, Holographic, Red and the limited edition Gold.
Each shade provides a glossy shine without the stickiness and complements brown skin tones perfectly.
DESIblitz spoke to Anisa about her favourite lip gloss. She revealed that Glossier lip glosses are her favourite. Explaining why she said:
“The Glossier lip glosses are simply the best. I have used them for years and have not found anything as perfect as them.
“Each shade suits my skin tone whether I’m feeling a nude shade or a vivacious red.”
If you have not already tried these products then be sure to get your hands on one.
Pat McGrath Labs Lust: Lip Gloss in Bronze Temptation
Packed with hydrating oils to moisturise and nourish your lips, Pat McGrath’s lip gloss is a great option for brown girls.
In particular, the Bronze Temptation shade which contains multidimensional micro-shimmers complements darker skin tones with a warm undertone.
Another great aspect of this product is that it glides onto the lips without tugging at the skin. In fact, it feels like a lip balm but with the shine of a gloss.
The lust lip gloss offers a seductive shine which is sure to catch attention while evoking a sense of pleasure and satisfaction.
This product can be worn on its own or with a lip liner of your choice to create your own unique colour.
Revlon Super Lustrous The Gloss in Choco Crush
Another lip gloss which will not break the bank is Revlon’s Super Lustrous The Gloss in the shade Choco Crush.
Like its endearing name, this product offers a beautiful shine to the lips which is sure to last for several hours.
The oversized applicator makes it easy to apply a generous layer of the lip gloss in one swipe.
To further intensify the colour, match it with a similar coloured lip liner.
Choco Crush contains a range of nourishing ingredients including agave, moringa oil and capuacu butter. This ensures the lip gloss does not feel tacky and does not dry out the lips.
Our list of seven lip glosses will help brown girls purchase their perfect match which they have struggled to find.
Brown or darker skin tones are better suited to glosses which have a warm undertone. These include various shades like:
- Rose gold
- Metallic brown
These shades add a radiant shine to brown complexions. If you have not already done so, try one of these products and put it to the brown girl test.