Regardless of the other selection of lipsticks other brands carry MAC has a special place in many of our hearts. They were an industry leader in creating products that worked for women of all different colouring and still have the largest lipstick range of any brand I believe.

Here are some of my top picks for WOC.

MAC lipsticks for dark skin


creme in your coffeehug mecosmo captive 1Del Rio Chili 1Lady Danger Ruby WooBrick-O-La Flat Out FabulousHeroine RebelDiva Sin

When I refer to ‘strong yellow undertones’ I’m mentally picturing South Asians with complexions like my own, Latinas, and darker Asian women (Filipinas/Vietnamese). When I refer to ‘fairer Asian women’ I’m thinking of those with complexions like Korean pop stars.

[Creme in Your Coffee] – A more brown toned nude which will work well for most WOC as a work appropriate lipstick. (cremesheen)

[Hug Me] – Super normal nude. It’s a good basic to have but it’s boring and you could probably get the job done with a Rimmel lipstick, especially because of the ‘sheer’ finish. (lustre)

[Cosmo] – Too pink for those with strong yellow undertones and too light for many darker black women. This would make a nice nude on fairer Asian, Black and South Asian skin. But you’ll have to like the amount of pink. (amplified creme)

[Captive] – A very popular colour among South Asians which my NC40/42 friend loves. I think it’s a good everyday colour to have and I like it on myself, but I’ve never gotten compliments on it, so take from that what you will. (satin)

[Del Rio] – A deeper mauve-brown. This should look good on NC35-NC45 skin tones as  ‘Kylie Jenner’ option and on deeper skin tones as a nude. If you need to buy a lipstick for your mom this is your best bet.(satin)

[Lady Danger] – Amazing on darker black women and I quite like it on those with yellow undertones as well. (matte)

[Ruby Woo] – Every time I see this colour on fairer East Asian women I die over how perfect it looks. But it also looks good on other WOC. (matte)

[Brick-o-La] – A perfect colour for those having trouble trying to find a salmon/coral that looks nice on darker or yellow undertoned skin. It also has the best, most comfortable finish. (amplified creme)

[Flat Out Fabulous] – A surprisingly wearable Barbie Pink lip colour for all WOC. (matte)

[Heroine] – This is one of those colours that I don’t think is the best for those with yellow undertones. It looks great however on fair East Asian women and both fair and dark black women. (matte)

[Rebel] – A great shade if you’re trying to delve into plummier colours but are more comfortable in more natural shades. You can build up the intensity of this lipstick and it looks different (but good) on everyone’s skin tone. (satin finish)

[Diva] – Looks amazing on everyone and their mom. (matte)

[Sin] – My NC50 (Sri Lankan) friend absolutely adores this colour on her skin. It can be a little jarring on fairer skin tones, but if you like it, rock it. (matte)



Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list. I know many of you love your Mehr, Smoked Purple, Cyber, Girl About Town and more. This is just what I had on hand that I could consolidate into a visual. 🙂