The Lip Edit Part 3: Browns


So we’ve done reds, we’ve done nudes and now it’s time for the oh-so-bold, oh-so-sultry browns. I love a brown lip. Velvet Teddy is my go-to nude, and I love that it has that brown tone to it. Dolce K by Kylie Cosmetics is also a favourite, as it comes out so brown on me. However, for this post I thought I would focus on the real deal, dark, moody browns that make you feel like you’ve stepped straight out of the 90’s. When winter arrives I like to go a littler darker with my lip colours, and normally I go for something in the burgundy, purple, wine family, but this year I decided to go for brown. I’m so glad I did. The brown lip feels so new and on trend, and I find it fits in better with my wardrobe. It’s been a little too warm here in Sydney recently, but winter is coming so it’ll soon be time to bring on the browns. If you’re looking to dip into this look but aren’t sure what to go for, read on.

Who they are:

From left to right (above) we have:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown
  • MAC Lipstick in Antique Velvet
  • Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in True Brown K

How they look:

Brown swatches

True Brown and Antique Velvet come out super dark on me. Close enough to a black lip. I am very fair, so this isn’t going to be the same for everyone, but on fairer skin, shades this dark can be something of an acquired taste. I, however, really like them, especially when paired with a subtle, warm smoky eye and a dusting of bronzer. Birkin Brown is easier to wear, and a great way to step into this colour palette.

Why I love them:

I fell in love with True Brown K the minute Kylie announced it. However, Kylie Cosmetics being how it is, it was super popular and there was no way I could get my hands on it before Christmas. I searched high and low for a lipstick that could give me that sultry, 90’s glam, and came across Birkin Brown. I love that it’s a warm toned brown, flattering for so many skin tones. I also bought the lip liner in Hollywood Honey. This, for me, brings the whole look together. It gives a really clean line to the lipstick and gives it the earthy support it needs to make that brown really beautiful.

I somehow managed to get True Brown K for myself shortly after I arrived in Sydney – I had no idea it would be this dark on me! That being said, I’m glad I own it, as it really takes the idea of a ‘brown lip’ to its logical conclusion. The super dark lip on me looks quite gothic, so it has to be worn for the right occasion. Antique Velvet is pretty much a dupe for True Brown in terms of colour, but has a more satin, creamy formula. It brings out my inner Morticia Addams, and I love it for that. I use the lip liner that came with True Brown K for both shades.

Honourable Mention

  • MAC Lipstick in Persistance – A beautiful, creamy, teddy brown, similar to Velvet Teddy, but more brown than nude. Definitely makes the cut, but I don’t own it yet. Watch this space!
  • Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Dolce K – Certainly not the case for all skin tones, but if you are very fair like me, this comes out more brown than nude. Worth considering.

I hope you have enjoyed the Lip Edits so far, which product from the ones I have mentioned is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!