Lipsticks for Dark Skin Deep red is a perfect color for darker skin, whether it has a blue or brown base. You can also rock a soft orange and most shades of coral. From chocolate to plum, you can plenty of choices. Caramel shades work best for day wear, while purple shades are more suited to night-time use. The only shades you really should avoid are milky hues, with a lot of white mixed in.