I Know Plum Lipstick Is Huge This Season, But I'm Wearing Brown Instead

Here's how I'm wearing brown lip colors in 2013 without looking too 1993.
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Here's how I'm wearing brown lip colors in 2013 without looking too 1993.

We’re all pulling out our dark lipsticks for the winter. While some are going for the dark plum and berry shades, I am choosing brown shades this season.

Picking the right shade of brown can be a bit tricky, though. Going too matte brown can make you look like you belong in a ‘90s sitcom. And while I do appreciate the ‘90s trends right now, it is 2013, so adding a modern twist is key.

Right now, I am really into creamy lipsticks with a bit of shine, especially in dark shades.

I picked up two last weekend: Laura Mercier Créme Smooth Lip Colour in Cocoa and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Chestnut.

Both shades have a bit of shine to them and are very creamy. They are also very wearable during the day, which is always something I try to find when it comes to lipstick.

Cocoa on the left and Chestnut on the right. Yum!

Cocoa on the left and Chestnut on the right. Yum!

My office isn’t about getting dressed up. Jeans, cargo shorts and flip-flops are the norm. It makes me sad sometimes, since I love dressing up. And since my office doesn’t dress up, I have to keep my style choices very subtle, meaning less lipstick and more lazy ponytails. I think I need a new job, guys. (Hi, Boss! Please don’t fire me!)

So basically, dark lipstick you can wear through casual days is very important.

Smashbox lipstick in Chestnut. Moody.

Smashbox lipstick in Chestnut. Moody.

Smashbox’s Chestnut reminds me of mahogany. This shade is a subtle brown with red undertones, so it is the perfect shade for those who don’t want to dive straight into the dark, rich brown. 

It's packed with vitamins A and E, and shea butter, so it keeps your lips moisturized for a long time. It also feels very light on the lips.

Laura Mercier’s Cocoa. I layered it several times to make the shade as opaque as possible.

Laura Mercier’s Cocoa. I layered it several times to make the shade as opaque as possible.

Laura Mercier’s Cocoa is a rich, warm chocolate shade that goes on smooth and creamy. It seriously looks like you’re applying melted chocolate all over your lips.

It is also highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. You definitely want to line your lips with this shade. It can get messy if you don’t.

I used Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Blossom just outside the lip line to create a cleaner look around the edges.

If you like sheer lipsticks, Nars does a brown shade with plum undertones called Tanganyika. It’s very sheer, so it doesn’t pop too much and blends into the lip very well. They also have Fast Ride, which is a sheer mulberry. Both of these work very well for everyday without being obtrusive.

What do you guys think? Is brown too dated?