How to pull off a dark, vampy lip

How to pull off a dark, vampy lip

Dark lipstick is one of those looks we tend to admire from afar, wondering whether we can pull it off – but never actually take the plunge. Well, guess what? It’s time to change that!

The question is: what look will you go for? Soft and sultry like homegrown beauty Miranda Kerr? A vampy shade a la Lorde? Or a super bold pout like the one and only Rihanna? Whatever you choose, here’s how to rock a dark lip with ease…

Pick your perfect shade

There are many dark shades out there, and finding one that suits your complexion is key to nailing this look. Check out our handy guide below:

Fair skin – Pink-based colours, like Becca Ultimate Matte Lip Colour, $40
Medium skin – Blue-based colours, like Clarins Rouge Éclat Lipstick in Red Wine
Dark skin – Brown-based colours, like Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Crazy for Coffee

Line those lips

Feathering is far more obvious with darker shades. To prevent any mishaps, line your lips with a high-quality lip pencil. For best results, match your pencil to your lippie shade. If this isn’t possible, use one that’s a little darker.

Tone down your make-up

A vampy lip looks great teamed with pared back make-up. Stick to a flawless base, a subtle sweep of blush over your cheeks and look-at-me lashes.

As for your hair, keep that simple too. May we suggest a chic top knot?

Save it for winter

As we approach the middle of the year and the mornings get crisper and the days shorter, it’s an ideal time to switch to a darker make-up palette. Dark reds, purples and browns look amazing when worn with layers upon layers.

Confidence, baby!

Above all, the most important thing to know about rocking a dark lip is to do it with confidence! It can feel a little strange at first, especially if you’re not used to wearing bold colours – but heads will turn in the best possible way. Trust us on that! 

Dark lipsticks we love…

MAC Lipstick in Cyber
Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Berry A La Mode
Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick in Lady Bump
Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in Can Can
Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30

Are you a fan of dark lipstick? Do you have any other tips for wearing it?

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