As a fashion editor, I always think of bare lip products in the context of a closet: they’re like the white t-shirt in your wardrobe – it’s not necessarily the most exciting thing in your collection, but it is certainly the hardest work. Choosing a nude shade isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Black women probably understand this better than anyone: it took makeup companies decades to recognize the wide variety of deep and dark skin tones. Neutral hues, marketed as “universal” nude lip colors, generally distort the ashes and wash away the brown skin – so no, this is doing us a disservice. Thankfully, the beauty industry is finally changing, but finding the perfect act is still a science.
I always ask other makeup users for their personal recommendations, so I figured I’d find out the best neutrals out there. I asked 12 amazing black women about their favorite bare lip products of all time, and let’s just say I already put it all in my digital shopping cart. From peach hues to chocolate brown hues (and more, of course!), Look forward to some incredible product suggestions.