You can mark brown lipstick as another ’90s trend that is getting revived. Pretty much every ’90s fashion trend has been resurrected over the past few years and, evidently, we need ’90s beauty looks to go along with them. It’s only a matter of time before crimped hair officially comes back. It’s already appeared in a few runway shows.
When we say “brown,” we mean proper 1990’s supermodel brown, not nudes or red brick shades that are pretty much burgundy. Before everyone became obsessed with the ’90s, you probably stayed away from these brown lipsticks the way you did frosted pink. They were the ones that were always leftover when there was a sale and makeup artists always warned that they made your teeth look more yellow and they were dated.
So, what’s changed? Has anything? We already have an obsession with crazy-colored lipstick, so why should we exclude brown? Hopefully the geniuses at the beauty companies have developed shades that evoke the 1990’s feel but are somehow still flattering. I decided to test out a few different browb shades to see just how flattering they are. Here are the results:
On the lighter end of the spectrum, there are the nude shades that are actually taupe when you apply them. This one showed up more pink on me. It may not be the classic ’90s brown, but I found another great my-lips-but-better color.
Here’s another taupe shade that I thought could have been like that cafe au lait lip color Kylie Jenner has been wearing in her Instagram selfies of late. It has a bit more brown but it still looks like rose on me. However, I like the color, even if it isn’t as taupe-y as I hoped.
This liquid lip color was described to me as a “1990’s supermodel shade.” When I applied it, I realized the description was totally accurate. The medium brown shade has that slight red tone that all the ’90s lipsticks had but the velvety stain finish keeps it modern. I am a fan.
If you’re looking for that aforementioned cafe au lait shade, this is a good one. However, I’m not really sure about it on me. It kept reminding me of the gold lipsticks from the 1990’s. When I see it in the pictures now, it isn’t as bad as I thought of at the time. I may come around to it.
I love dulce de leche so I was hoping I would like this lip color just as much. It is a warm shade. When you look at the photo, you might think that it is very red but it s a luxurious light brown shade that is bold but not too bold.
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As we get darker, I liked that the medium browns weren’t as intimidating as medium reds. I thought this cappuccino color worked well with my coloring and hair.
This mid-brown had a hint of shimmer. You may not think that brown plus shimmer would be the best combination but it does work in eyeshadows. The shimmer in this lipstick was just enough. (Read: Not frosty)
Beauty Beauty have a god range of brown lipsticks. This shade is described as a brown pink and is surprisingly easy-to-pull off. It’s a few shades darker than my lips so it can almost be classified as a “my-lips-but-better shade.”
This warm shade has a lot of red in it. It’s a good option if you want to try a brown lipstick without going too brown. It enhanced the red in my hair, so I was a fan.
This brown had a metallic sheen to it. I was worried that it would be too much but the sheen gave it more dimension so it didn’t look dull and muddy.
Now we’re getting very dark. This was where I thought that brown shades would make my teeth look yellow but they deep colors actually made them pop the way a plum or black lipstick would. This was a surprising like.
As much as I love chocolate and cocoa, I wasn’t sure if this shade worked on me or not. Perhaps it was because I was used to the lighter shades. It’s good color because the warm undertone doesn’t wash you out like black.
“Black cherry” is a lipstick shade that is normally a very deep plum, but the lipstick bullet looked like a very deep brown so I decided to include it on the list. On my lips, it is very close to black but it has more warm in it. It also makes you teeth look very white.
Final verdict: I was surprised by how many of the shades I actually liked when I first tried them, and I still liked them when I looked back at the photos. I think my coloring and hair work well with the brown and taupe shades. I am tempted to say I like them better than regular nudes. This is one 1990’s trend that I am going to gladly welcome back and I suggest everyone try to find their own ’90s supermodel brown shade.