Dark lipstick is the extreme sport of the beauty world – it seems immensely intimidating at first, but once you conquer it, you feel unstoppable. Now that autumn is nearly upon us, this look is back and bolder than ever.
According to Yahoo News, models at both Zac Posen and Vera Wang’s shows during New York Fashion Week walked down the runway with lips that looked like they were stained with rich red wine. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s hottest stars from Claire Danes to Beyoncé demonstrated that a dramatic lip color is wearable on any complexion. Fortunately, there’s nothing gothic or grungy about the dark hues this season – but if you’re still too timid to rock a dark pucker, follow this guide. No matter your skin tone or personal style, you can find a way to make the trend work for you.
Select a shade
To determine what dark color will best complement your complexion, you’ll need to consider the undertones in your skin. Fair skin with cool undertones, for example, looks best in a blue-based color like a deep berry, while a warm complexion is better off selecting a shade between red and brown, like brick. Make Up For Ever managing educator Jessie Powers told Daily Makeover that lip liner is crucial when you’re using a dark shade to avoid any bleeding and keep the look polished. Makeup artist Caitlin Callahan told Yahoo that a tinted lip balm or semi-sheer stain is a great way to try out dark lips for a subtler effect.
Since you’re going over-the-top with your lips, keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum so your pout will stand out. Callahan pointed out that celebs like Rihanna even lighten their eyebrows to draw attention to their mouth. In fact, all you need to complete the look is a couple layers of lengthening, curling mascara and a pop of blush or bronzer. When it comes to eyeshadow, opt for neutral shades, which are never overpowering. Powers also suggested matching your shadow to your lip – a soft purple eye is alluring with a plum lip, while dusty rose lids look romantic with a deep red pout.
Don’t forget to sweep some color onto your cheeks, or you might look washed out. Dianna Agron is one starlet that has perfected this technique. According to Refinery 29, the secret to her success is that she used a faintly shimmery bronzer to highlight her bone structure and give her complexion a warm glow. If you choose blush over bronzer, make sure the hue corresponds with and complements the tone of your lip shade.