The 9 Best Lipsticks, According to Mindy Kaling


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In my opinion, Mindy Kaling is one of the best celebrities to follow on Instagram. Not only does she show off her signature sense of humor, but she consistently posts outfit photos complete with all the brands tagged—now that's serviceable content. As I dedicated a whole story to earlier this year, Kaling has amazing taste, so when she recently did a super-informative IGTV video on her favorite lipsticks for dark-skinned women, I simply had to watch the whole thing. 

"One of the things about having dark skin is that it's really hard to find really pretty lip colors that flatter your skin," Kaling says in her Instagram video. "Either they're too chalky or too light. Sometimes the models they use are too light-skinned, so you can't really gauge. So what I thought I'd do is show you all of my favorite lip colors for all of us dark-skinned girls out there. … I think [they] will also look good on you if you have light-colored skin." In the video, Kaling wears her nine favorite lipsticks, so you can see how they all look compared to one another. She also explains exactly why each one of them is a winner. Scroll down to watch her video and shop every single lipstick Kaling mentions. 

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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of Associate Director of Fashion News (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.