How To Ace The Brown Lipstick Look-Featured

#1 Choose your poison

There are many different shades of brown, and like finding the perfect red lipstick, searching for the right brown lipstick takes patience and experimentation. If you just want to dip your toes into the brown lipstick trend but don’t know where to begin, start by using one with a sheer finish.

 How To Ace The Brown Lipstick Look-2#2 Prime your lips

Lipsticks can emphasize the dryness and flakes on your lips and they might not glide on smoothly when that’s the case. Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate lips, never ever pick at your lips with your nails as they will cause your lips to bleed. Then, apply a nourishing lip balm to keep your pucker soft.

How To Ace The Brown Lipstick Look - Lip Liner
From top: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil in 1995, S$32, Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner in 6C Chocolate Brown, S$34.

#3 Line them up

To keep the lipstick on point, Make-up Artist Larry Yeo recommends the use of lip liners to create definition. Always choose a lip liner that is a similar shade to your lipstick or it might end up looking weird.

How To Ace The Brown Lipstick Look - Lipstick
From left: Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Lipstick in Chocolate Honey, S$30, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Berlin, S$13, M.A.C Lipstick in Antique Velvet, S$31.

#4 Fill ’em in

After lining your lips, use the lip liner to colour in the rest of the lips before applying your lipstick. It will help lock in the colour so that it can stay on longer.

How To Ace The Brown Lipstick Look-Featured

Bonus tips:

  • Ensure that skin looks polished and flawless to make the lips really pop. “Conceal your under-eye area for an even-looking complexion,” advised Larry. “Or you might end lip looking like you didn’t wipe off last night’s Nutella sandwich from your face.”
  • Balance the strong lip with well-groomed brow, but stay away from excessively drawn ones as they might end up taking attention away from the lips which should be the focal point.
  • Lay off the bronzer. Too much brown might end up making the face look like a walnut.