If you're struggling to snap out of a makeup rut this Winter, a sultry brown lip might be just what you need. This smoldering look warms up a tired complexion, accentuates your delicate features, and complements a contoured face — even more than a classic crimson pout can. Thanks to the '90s beauty revival and grunge renaissance we saw last Fall, shades like tawny roses, deep brick reds, rich colors of mocha and coffee, and dusty mauves are back in the lipstick spotlight. These rich, wonderfully nostalgic colors picked up even more steam with Kylie Jenner's original lip kit launch, which featured three shades of brown lip liners and lipsticks.
You don't have to worry about looking like a blast from the past wearing these chocolate shades. Today's spectrum of latte, caramel, and raisin have softer undertones that you can mix and match to your liking. The reinvented plump pout doesn't require precise lines, either: overdraw your lips with a pencil just outside the edges of your pucker's outline and fill it in with the liner and a lipstick.
But just like finding the perfect red, there are multiple variables that play a role in how to nail your best burnt-sienna smooch, says Lauren Cosenza, beauty and style expert and creator of DIVAlicious.nyc. "Finding the best shade of brown lipstick for you truly depends on your skin tone, undertone, eye and hair color, and your personal style," she explained.
To help you find your true match, whether you're looking for a matte or glossy finish (or anything in between!), we got the chocolate lip scoop from Cosenza and other top makeup artists. Read on!