Finding the perfect matte lipstick shade for dusky skin tones can be quite the challenge. With so many shades and formulas to choose from, it's difficult to know which lipsticks will complement your complexion the most. After testing countless lipsticks over the years, I've finally discovered my favorite collection - the Matte Luxury Lipsticks by L Factor New York.
As an Indian woman with dusky skin myself, I understand the struggle of finding flattering lip colors for dusky skin.
Lipsticks often pull too pink, purple or bright on my skin tone. But L Factor's Matte Luxury Lipsticks are specially formulated with warm, earthy undertones that make them ideal for medium to deep complexions. The highly pigmented formula provides opaque coverage in just one swipe. And the matte texture feels incredibly lightweight and comfortable on the lips. No matter which shade you choose, these luscious lipsticks will make your pout look and feel fabulous!
What is Dusky Skin?
Dusky skin is a term commonly used to describe medium to deep complexions, typically found in people of Asian, African, Hispanic/Latin American or Middle Eastern descent.
Some key characteristics of dusky skin tones:
- Often described as "warm", "golden", "olive" or "brown" in undertone. Less pinkish/rosy than fair skin.
- Tans easily in the sun rather than burning. May have darker pigmentation like freckles or hyperpigmentation.
- Categorized as Fitzpatrick skin types III-VI, based on a scale measuring skin's response to sun exposure.
- Encompasses a wide range of shades, from light tan to very deep brown. Most commonly a medium-dark shade.
- Commonly struggles with finding flattering makeup shades that don't look too bright, chalky or ash. Warm earth tones are generally most complementary.
- Known for gorgeous, radiant glow. But also prone to issues like acne scars, uneven tone, discoloration.
- Requires specifically formulated skincare and makeup products to meet needs, address concerns and enhance beauty.
Also read: How to find lipstick shades your skin tone?
Best Matte Lipstick Shades for Dusky Skin
Here are my top picks for the best matte liquid lipstick shades for dusky skin by L Factor New York:
Barefoot on the beach (Plum Undertone)
This beautiful “barefoot on the beach” is the perfect MLBB (my lips but better) shade for dusky skin. It's a muted rosy brown that enhances your natural lip color. The taupe undertones prevent it from looking too pink or purple on deeper skin. Mauve Majesty adds understated warmth and depth to your pout - ideal for both daytime and nighttime wear.
Love on fire (Plum Red)
Craving a bold pop of color? “Love on fire” is a matte plum red that really makes a statement. While many reds lean cool-toned and emphasize discoloration, this shade has a toasted warmth that flatters and melds with dusky complexions. It's sensual yet sophisticated. Pair it with a cat eye and glowing skin for a major glam moment.
Cocoa (Deep Brown)
You can never go wrong with a rich chocolate brown or deep brown lip when you have a deeper skin tone. Cocoa is a luscious brown with a hint of red undertone. It's the perfect vampy shade for evenings out. And it also works for daytime when blotted into a soft stained finish. This shade is ideal year round and suits a wide range of complexions.
Bare (Deep Pink Nude)
For those who prefer nude-adjacent shades, “bare” deep pink nude is a must-have. Described as a dusty rose, it's a muted brownish pink that layers beautifully on deep skin. The grayish undertone prevents it from looking too barbie pink, while tiny flecks of shimmer add dimension. This lip color is ideal for no-makeup makeup days when you want an understated pout.
Cherry Blast (Cherry Red)
This deep wine hue is a fabulous alternative to “cherry blast”. Cherry Blast has a luxurious red base with a touch of burgundy. The cooler undertone gives vibrancy to the color without emphasizing discoloration. It's an elegant, foolproof shade for cocktail parties and date nights. The creamy formula ensures maximum comfort through the evening too.
Babe (Earthy Nude)
Every lipstick collection needs a sultry, smokey bronze shade. “Babe” shade liquid lipstick by L Factor New York has faded brown tones that almost resemble the smokiness of eyeliner. Unlike some browns, it doesn't give off orange tones, so it works beautifully on medium and dark skin. Line lips first to prevent feathering and apply two coats for high-impact color that mesmerizes.
Warm Hugs (Deep Mauve)
This for mid-tone brown with “warm hugs” is an easy shade to wear daily. It brightens the complexion and adds warmth to the lips. Warm hugs give you pigment without being overpowering. Build it up from a soft stain to full coverage. It also makes a fantastic base color to layer and mix with other lip shades. This versatile neutral works with any outfit.
Poppy’s Kiss (Brick Red)
For fair to medium tan complexions (dusky skin tone), “poppy’s kiss” is ideal. This burnt orange shade feels surprisingly neutral on the lips. Apply a single coat for a sweet hint of color or layer it on fully for a bold autumnal look. Terracotta flatters warm golden undertones in skin and provides an earthy contrast against nighttime eye makeup. Take this lipstick from summer all the way through fall.
So Peachy (Peach Nude)
If you prefer to keep it simple with barely-there color, “So peachy” is the one to get. This peachy nude looks flattering on a wide range of light to deep complexions. It enhances rather than covers your natural lip color. Dab it on with your finger for a subtle wash of color. Bare Touch is easy to wear and ideal for achieving an effortless beauty.
With highly pigmented color payoff in just one stroke, L Factor's Matte Luxury Lipsticks last for hours without drying out your lips. The creamy formula contains argan oil, vitamin E, and tucuma butter to condition and moisturize while you wear the color. Plus, the pointed tip makes outlining and filling in your lips quick and precise.
Take it from me - with this collection of lipsticks specially designed for dusky skin and deeper complexions, you'll never spend time swatching and second guessing colors again. L Factor New York takes the guesswork out of finding the most flattering shades. With these Matte Luxury Lipsticks, you can feel beautiful and confident showing off your gorgeous dusky pout.