How to Wear Dark Lipstick Without Looking a Hot Mess
We’ve all done it: as we sit with one hand scrolling through our Instagram and the other underneath our chin, we think to ourselves, ‘why can’t I get dark lipstick to look that good on me?’ as we double-tap our way through our favourite beauty gurus’ selfies. There is definitely an art to pulling off the dark, vampy lip look (with the help of a little editing work) but by following the steps and tips below, it should be a walk in the park!
Dark lipstick is unforgiving at the best of times so if your lips aren’t in tip-top condition, the cracks will begin to show very quickly – quite literally. So, have a lip scrub on hand and apply a light layer of non-greasy lip balm before application and the whole process will be a lot easier.
2. Use an eyeshadow primer
Yes, admittedly, this step sounds bizarre, but hear us out. This genius tip is tried, tested and is an essential step for any dark lip lover. It will help to create a smooth base for your dark lip product to sit on top of and will keep it sticking around for much longer.
3. Choose a pigmented product
Again, this sounds all too obvious, but an intensely pigmented formula is essential for pulling off a dark lip. If a formula is patchy, lacks in pigmentation or doesn’t apply evenly, things will become messy very quickly!
4. Use a lip liner, always
Using a lip liner all over the lips is not only essential for intensifying the opacity of your lip color, but it’s also very much needed for the perimeter of your lips to avoid any bleeding. And if you can’t find the exact match for your lipstick in a lip liner, you can always use a clear lip liner.
5. Use the right tone and shade for what you want
This one sounds like a given but putting a little color theory into practice can make the world of difference to the finished look. For example, because blue and yellow sit on opposite sides of the color wheel, a blue based dark lipstick will make your teeth appear less yellow. Clever, huh? And if you have a warm skin tone with yellow or olive undertones, a yellow based dark shade such as a rich berry or deep terracotta look great.
Have you mastered the art of a dark lip, or are you going to use some of these tips to perfect yours next time? Let us know!
Jess Hall is a British beauty lover, who can often be found perusing makeup aisles in the search for the perfect peachy pink hues, or perfecting her latest makeup flat lay. When she’s not trialling the latest skincare releases, she enjoys sharing her latest findings, the newest beauty trends and knowledge with you! View all the posts by Jess Hall