Dark lipstick has become a new seasonal staple, like a leather jacket or a new pair of jeans. To help you navigate the latest crop of plums, berries, bricks and browns hitting beauty counters now, here are some tips on how to sport a dark lip for an evening out.
Know your limits: If you have really thin lips, most makeup professionals recommend a dark lipstick. Dark colors minimize whereas light colors are going to volumize. A dark shade on already thin lips will make them look thinner, and that can make a face look older, since lips typically lose volume as we age. If you have naturally voluminous lips or regular lips, you may follow the latest lipstick trend.
Keep it balanced: The key to doing a dark lip color is making sure the rest of your makeup is in harmony with that lip. Using a similar shade on your lids or cheeks can help your lip color harmonize with the rest of your makeup. Or keep the rest of your makeup fairly minimal. If you’re wearing a plum-colored lipstick, a purple eye shadow can tie the look together. Another idea is to blend a dab of your lip color onto your cheeks to create a monochromatic flush.
Choose a shade that complements your skin tone: As with any makeup color, your complexion determines what looks good on you. A dark lipstick can have tints of purple or more berry or more brick which is perfect for a dark skin tone. With the right application, you can warm or cool your dark lipstick according to your taste. If you know you look better in cool shades, opt for a blue-based, berry color. If your complexion is warm, choose a hue that veers toward brown.
Use a lip liner: Lip liner is an absolute must with dark lips as any saturated color, if it’s not even around the edges, looks unflattering. Use a pencil to perfect your shape; the waxes in the pencil will also help prevent color bleeding.
If you are wary, try a muted take: A berry stain is an easy way for you to try out dark lipstick. Its brightness will compliment your features like a celebrity. Try a sheer shade that looks good on everyone — or create your own by applying a dark lipstick with your fingers instead of straight from the bullet for a sheer wash of color.
Try a trendy shade: With all things ‘90s returning in a big way, the biggest color trend for lipstick is a beautiful black currant shade. Brick-red shades also make a perfect complement to a summer color palette as well as deep, orange-based reds go great with warm skin tones. For the truly bold, a deep wine shade with an intensely pigmented, unbelievably lightweight, silky formula is a must-have for fashionistas.