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Best Lipsticks for Medium Skin and Black Hair

Why Are These Lipsticks Best For Medium Skin?

Medium skin tones have a wide range of undertones and depth. Susan, pictured here has neutral undertones and is on the lighter end of the medium skin tone spectrum. If your skin tone (and hair color) are similar to Susan’s, keep reading to learn the best lipsticks for your medium skin!

Medium neutral skin tones can easily look great in a variety of colors – congrats! So, to choose the best lipsticks to start with for your makeup bag, focus on your hair, eyes, and base lip color and maybe not as much about your skin…though it should still be considered. Start with buying a peachy-tan nude, a rosy shade, and a buildable berry. We’ve gone into detail about each shade below, but for now let’s talk WHY these are best.   

When choosing lipsticks for someone with a similar look as Susan, pictured here, we’re really focused on enhancing features.  Such as eyes, hair, base lip color, and skin color. The great thing about these lipstick shades is she’ll be able to wear them as her features change over time. Maybe with only slight adjustments to how bold the colors are worn.  As the lips fade, or the hair goes grey – wear these shades with more intensity.

Now, let’s talk base lip color, which is the color your lips are with nothing on them.  This is important because our lipsticks are designed to blend WITH your natural lip color not completely cover it up. So, these lipsticks will look different on someone who has a brown or pink base lip color, and may not be our first choices. 

Susan’s base lip color is a light purple so any lipstick she chooses may have a slight purple look to it. Knowing your base lip color allows you to find lipstick shades that are just a shade deeper for a “my-lips-but-better” look – the perfect everyday lipstick for looking pulled together without any effort.  That will be your timeless, classic, everyday shade. For Susan, this lipstick shade is Vogue.


Kissimmee – Playful Pink Lipstick

image of medium pink lipstick for medium skin

This rosy pink lipstick is what Susan is pictured wearing above. Kissimmee is a perfect balance between pink and red. The pink plays nicely with a pink or purple based lip color and the reddish tone to it compliments warm and neutral skin tones. It makes just enough of a statement without being too in your face and helps to enhance the warmth in your skin.  

The creaminess of this lipstick applies buttery smooth with full-coverage. It brings your smile to life in an effortless way. Kissimmee gives your lips a beautiful wash of color, but you can also tone it down by applying it lighter for rose lip stain. 

Beachside – Perfect Nude Lipstick

image of tan nude lipstick for medium skin

Beachside is a medium, peachy-tan nude that is perfect for those with warm or neutral undertones in their skin. With this color we’re focusing more on skin, eyes, and hair than base lip color but Beachside will play nicely with whatever base lip color you may have. This rich nude color helps bring attention to the golden undertones you may have in your skin.  

Beachside is creamy, moisturizing, long lasting and wears to a matte finish. This no-shimmer lipstick has a very earthy, natural tone to it. It’s classic and timeless making it a great everyday nude lipstick, especially if you have medium skin.

Risque – Classic Red Lipstick

classic neutral red lipstick for medium skin

This warm-toned red is bright and beautiful but can be worn bold with more than one coat. It has orange undertones in it vs. blue undertones (like Red Apple Red). If you have warm or neutral undertones, and don’t want a red that turns pink on you – this is the color for you. Risqué is a creamy and moisturizing lipstick, that wears to a matte finish with no shimmer.

This classic red lipstick will look amazing on anyone with medium skin, no matter if you have warm or neutral skin – this shade will be that gorgeous retro red lipstick you’re looking for.

This red lipstick will not turn pink on you because of its undertones. Sometimes, seeing all our red lipsticks next to one another to know that this is best on your skin tone – check out our comprehensive guide to which red lipsticks are best for your skin tone.


Why Should I Wear Red Apple Lipstick?

Because you’ve never worn a lipstick this good before. It glides on smooth and is ultra creamy and moisturizing – thousands of five star reviews, waiting for you to read. For 10 years, Red Apple has specialized in clean, vegan, cruelty free & gluten free makeup for lips, eyes, and cheeks. 

If you’re like us, you’ve been searching for makeup with just the right blend of high performance + quality ingredients + non-toxic + cruelty free.  It can be tough to find (especially 10 years ago) so we created it. Then, we made sure it was free of animal bits and allergens for all our vegan & sensitive skin friends.

So, if you’re new here – welcome! We love helping you find the perfect lipstick shades for your medium skin tone – and if you want more suggestions for lipsticks that are great for your skin tone – or makeup for your eyes & cheeks just email our beauty advisors, they’re standing by! 

You’ve found high performance, clean makeup that won’t irritate your skin or make you sick (this is especially important for our friends with auto-immune diseases and cancer survivors/fighters).  If you’re in one of those categories, we support you – and are glad you’re here!

We source the highest quality clean ingredients for our makeup – and ensure that our suppliers do not test the raw ingredients on animals. We are Leaping Bunny certified, GMO free, Paraben Free & Gluten Free, to name a few. We exclude all toxic practices and ingredients from our company and products.

You’ve found makeup that glides on smooth, nourishes your skin, lashes and lips – and is truly enjoyable to wear.  

You’ve found a company that cares about its customers.  We treat you, the way you would treat you! 

You’ve found a company who cares about the world around us.  Your purchases help support women’s shelters, cancer fighters & survivors, animal welfare groups, auto-immune disease foundations and support groups (specifically Celiac Disease and Sjögren’s Syndrome).  We love helping smaller groups that need support but don’t have national attention yet – if you know a group that needs support, click here to email us

You’ve found Beauty You Can Believe In.  No more searching, no more guessing, no more buying products that you can’t return.

Start shopping with confidence! And if you need anything at all – contact our customer care team who is eager to help you!

Checkout More Makeup For Medium Skin

You might be wondering what other makeup will look amazing on your medium skin. Below, you’ll find lip pencils that will pair perfectly with the best lipsticks for you, that we talked about above. We also included some glosses that would look AMAZING with those lipsticks but also beautiful worn alone. Blush is one of our favorite products, because it brings your face to life – and the shade M’Lady, is by far the best blush for medium skin! You could also get away with Gotta Glow (peachy pink universally flattering blush) or Tango (true matte peach – if you lean more toward an olive skin tone). Either way, your makeup bag will not be complete without blush – and we highly recommend a matte muted mauve blush shade, M’Lady.

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