The Do’s and Don’t’s of Dark Lipstick

The time has come for bold and bright to give way to the deep, dark lip colors of fall. Much like red lipstick, women often think they can’t wear a richly pigmented lip, but as long as you know what you’re doing dark lipstick can look remarkably chic. 

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Do’s:

  • prep your lips properly by exfoliating and moisturizing before application. This make the color go on smoother and last longer.
  • line your lips with a lip pencil similar in color to your lipstick first. This allows you to establish the boundaries of your lip and the pencil helps hold the color in place.
  • clean up mistakes and perfect the edges of your lip line with concealer for a polished finish. Wine colored smears tend to ruin the drama of a dark lip.
  • add a little color to the cheeks to brighten up the face. 
  • pick a shade you love…

Don’t’s:

  • forget to do a teeth check!
  • forget about your eyes. Defined brows, clean liner and lots of mascara pair well with dark lips. For eye shadow, choose a light shimmery bronze or taupe to play up the eyes without stealing focus from the lips.
  • apply dark lipstick on dry, chapped lips. The color will crack and flake off–not a good look.
  • apply it straight from lipstick bullet. Instead, use a lip brush to give you control over the application and intensity.

 

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