Fall & winter...fashion shades take a turn to the darker side. If you've decided that you are actually ready to take a walk on that dark side, here’s how to find the best dark lipstick for your skin tone:
If you have fair skin…opt for rich berry tones. Contrary to what you might think, dark lipstick can look amazing on fair skin. Many people shy away from using these vampy hues because they’re afraid of the lipstick acting as major contrast against their skin. If you have cool undertones, opt for lipstick that has a blue base, like a dark berry hue. On the other hand, if you have warm undertones, go for something that has a yellow base to it. Overall, follow this rule: Stick to lipsticks that are in the berry family, like raspberry or blackberry. Avoid any shades that have too much brown in them because they could make your complexion look muddy—not vampy.
If you have light to medium skin...opt for reddish brown and plums. Those of you with light to medium-tan skin tones usually have neutral or warm undertones. This means you have more of a variety to choose from when it comes to dark lipstick. While you can totally pull off a high-impact color like violet, you can also stick to a safer option like a deep red, depending on your mood. You can choose a dark lipstick that is in the reddish-brown or plum color palette for a daring look that truly delivers. To ensure your dark lipstick really pop against your skin, make sure to wear foundation, as any redness on your face can distract from your dark lip color.
If you have olive skin…opt for deep maroons. If you have a tan or olive complexion, brown-based lipsticks are the most flattering for your skin tone. Your best bet is to stick to a deep maroon hue, but you can also experiment with mulberry and dark plum shades.
If you have deep skin…opt for deep purples and blue-based reds. For those who have darker skin tones, select deep lip colors like purple and dark chocolate brown. These bold colors will really pair nicely with your skin. Again, your undertones will matter when choosing a lipstick shade. If you have a warmer undertone, stick to more of a brown hue, while if you have cool undertones, go for blue-based purples and reds.
Apply Dark Lipstick correctly:
Before swiping on a dark lipstick, here are a few steps you should follow to keep your color looking its best throughout the day.
Step 1: Exfoliate your lips. Prior to applying a dark lipstick, make sure your lips are prepared. Start by exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub.
Step 2: Swipe on lip primer. Create an even canvas for your lipstick. Applying a lip primer can help ensure smooth lipstick application and long-lasting color.
Step 3: Coat lips in a neutral concealer. Covering your natural lip color with concealer before applying lipstick can help make sure that you get the best color payoff.
Step 4: Line your lips. Choosing a lip liner that matches the dark lipstick color you decided to use, line around the perimeter of your pout. You can also use an invisible lip liner if you can’t find one that matches your lipstick exactly. Either way, a lip liner can help define your pucker.
Step 5: Apply the dark lipstick. If you want more accuracy, you can work the color in with a lip brush.
Step 6: Clean up edges. If you’ve gotten some color around the edges of your lip, clean it up with a cotton swab and makeup remover. Another way you can cover up mistakes is by applying a little concealer around your lips.