ABY Mail Query: Lipsticks For Darker Skin Tones & Fuller Lips

Hey ABYers, I’m so grateful for your input and interest in my blog! Your mails inspire me to come up with new posts and I’m so happy that you feel confident enough to share your queries with me. Thanks a bunch. I received another Beauty query from Noel.

Noel wrote in:

I am having a little lipstick problem, please can you post some stuff on the right lipstick shade for dark skin, for ladies with bigger lips. sometimes when people recommend lipstick shades for my skin tone, the lipstick wouldnt look good on the size of my lips and its killing me. my prom is fast approaching and i dont know what to do. I really love your blogs and i love your taste in fashion, really inspiring. My skin tone is “dark with cool undertones” as shown in this website http://superselected.com/dressing-for-your-skintone-part-1-reds/ The size of my lips are the same with the girl right in the middle (medium with warm undertones) in reddish orange lip stick.
For references I’ve attached the skin tine chart that Noel linked back to. Courtesy of SuperSelected.com

First off if you have full lips, the heavens have smiled on you! That is one coveted feature that hundreds of thousands of women are now going under the needle to achieve.If you rock the right colours for your skin tone especially with fuller lips, you will have fantastic results.

At the end of the day, lipsticks and colours are relative. These guidelines are very general and will work for most people but it’s always good to try colours that you think are out of your ‘Skin Tone Zone’, I promise you will be surprised 😉

1. Dark – If your skin is dark and rich, try these shades:

Deep red
Chocolate brown

Golden beige colours and chocolate brown nudes look great on dark skin with cool undertones. The good thing about full lips is they only need a bit of moisture or shine to stand out. Flesh coloured tones in dark brown will work well for you. Wet n Wild Mochalicious, Ravin’ Raisin, Spiked with rum, Sugar plum fairy, cinnamon spice are all great examples. Also L’Oreal colour riche Captivating Copper, Plum Twist, Milla’s Plum are great options.


Useful Tip: Use a pencil liner which a shade or two darker than your lipstick to line your lips. Remember to blend!

 Geraldine of Geraldine The Great is one of my favourite natural bloggers. She’s dark skin toned and her lips are full so her styel tips will come in handy. She is fond of dark pink nude colours which are kept in place with a dark liner.

NYX Lip Plumper in Kim below

Naturally Erratic shows us that deep chocolate brown hues love full lips!

Natalie of Discoveries of Self tried on this Tom Ford Deep Mink Lipstick. It’s a pinky nude colour and I think it’s super gorge!

NYX Deep Bronze Lip Gloss

Dare to wear bright colours in violet, purple or neon. I love how Geraldine wears it!

OCC Lip Tar in Roller Girl shade on Natalie below.

Classic red colours are also a great way to showcase your envious lips. Guaranteed winner. 

Beauty By Lee is wearing Mac Ruby Woo below.

Natalie is wearing Lime Crime Makeup Red Velvet Velvetine lipstick below.

Bright pink and fuchsia tones are your friends. Go for them!

This gorgeous MUA even tried gothic makeup for size. Are you loving the black lips?

Like I’ve said, it’s all about trying new colour. Natalie looks great in this lippy called DGAF by Melt Cosmetics, no?

Eugena Washington is dark skinned girl with a full pout. She keeps her makeup minimal and her favourite colours are chocolate brown and dark brown colours. Gorgeous!


Other colours such as magenta, deep red, pink or fuchsia will look great on dark skin. Nyasha Matonhodze is a dark beauty with full lips and she looks great in all these shades.


Supermodel, Ajak Deng’s skin is rich and dark and she has the luscious lips ever. She’s tried on tonnes of lip colours and they look fantastic on her!



2. For medium-toned women, look into these lipstick colours:

Medium to deep pink

Jill Marie Jones is one gorgeous lady will full lips. And she’s working just the right shades for skin tone. Notice how she uses a liner most times.


Kerry Washington has a medium skin tone with full lips. Her makeup game is top notch. From blush tones, to bright reds to pink she wears it well.









3. Light: If your skin falls into the lighter range of African American skin tones, these colours will look good on you:

Pale to deep pink

Gina Torres is light skinned so peach, pale pink and red will be her go to colours.

Here’s a list of other celebrities and bloggers with full lips and sexy pouts that you can follow and get makeup inspiration from. 

J’Adore Fashion


Beautiful Naturelle

Please help me ID this princess…

Edna Ferreira

Aisha Tyler

Keke Palmer

Meagan Good

Daniela Braga


Angelina Jolie

Naomi Campbell

Hope these helped!

Have you got full rich lips? How do you work it? Share your tips please 😉

And share this post!

For more queries, email artbecomesyou@yahoo.com

Thanks to BihYouty for helping out with this post 😉

Love & light

Lydie xx

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  • Tiki
    July 15, 2014

    I was hoping to see pics of regular girls, which I can identify with. Between the fabulous lens on the camera, possible airbrushing and just general expert application, I’d have difficulty applying these tips!

    Please do something for regular girls like me?

    • MsAidyl
      July 15, 2014

      If you can submit a pic Tiki, life would be made easier 😉 Btw, who said you were a regular girl ??? lol
      Will update soon with regular chicas 🙂

      • Tiki
        July 15, 2014

        lol. I don hear. Prepare to be inundated!

        Me, irregular? Don’t stop…*blushes*

    • MsAidyl
      July 15, 2014

      Post updated with ‘regular’ girls. Na your pic remain now oh…:)))))

      • E
        July 15, 2014

        I second Tiki point of view. hard to relate.
        Besides Tiki was going on with your blog? On sabbatical???

  • norigirl
    July 15, 2014

    Wow! Leedee, u never disappoint! I’ve learnt a lot – in fact I always do when it comes to ABY!! I’m so trying some of these out! Love u girl 🙂 <3

  • norigirl
    July 15, 2014

    Wow! Leedee u never disappoint! I’ve learnt a lot – I always learnt a lot on ABY! I’m so trying out some of these! Love u girl! <3

  • beautybychick
    July 16, 2014

    Lovely post Lydie. I am so looking forward to trying that NYX deep bronze lip gloss among a few others that I have never seen before. These lip colours are all super gorgeous, and so are all of these ladies!

  • ekei
    July 20, 2014

    this is just amazing lydie
    i am a lipstick fan but seldom pull it off
    i am so daring some of these shades

  • o2bmachine
    September 4, 2014

    Just passing through, found you through a google search. Amazing post, loved the tips and all the pics, very helpful. I was trying to find good nude shades for my skin tone and this post was just what I needed. Thanks girl 🙂

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ABY Mail Query: Lipsticks For Darker Skin Tones & Fuller Lips

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