Dark, vampy lipstick is hot this season, showing up all over the place, from the runways to the red carpets to the streets of a city or town near you. But unless you know for a fact that you’re capable of pulling off this daring look, it might not be feasible to drop the cash on a suitable lipstick.

After all, you’d probably rather spend your money on a shade you know you’re going to love, like something from the Butter London Plush Rush Lipstick collection. Alternatively you may want to try out some of the bolder lipsticks by Lipstick Queen.

But how can you try out the vampy lip look without spending a dime? According to The Beauty Department, all you need is a trusty black eyeliner. Yes, eyeliner. It sounds weird, but read on.

All you need to do is use the black pencil to trace the shape of your lips like you would with a lip liner, then fill them in entirely. For a cool ombre look, you might want to go a bit lighter on the color toward the center of your lips. It’ll show up slightly redder.

Now pick out one of your berry-colored lip glosses and use a lip brush to smooth it on and blend, blend, blend. This should get rid of any obvious black lines that may be lurking underneath.

You’ll end up with a dark pout that’s a pretty good indicator of how you’d look rocking the trend. Are you into it?

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