How To Wear Dark Lips
The change of season brings with it an opportunity to introduce some newness into your life. As the weather cools down add some cosy sweaters to your wardrobe, swap your morning smoothie for a warming bowl of oats and update your beauty look with the season’s deep and rich hues.
I have been obsessing over the Kosås Weightless Lip Color collection for some time now so it was only fitting that my favourite shade Royal took centre stage as the hero in this winter colour story. Darker shades of lip colour can be intimidating and require a little more maintenance than a nude or pink but the “wow" factor is certainly worth the effort.
My skin is much fairer in the winter time and I can fall victim to looking washed out in the season’s neutral palette. I find a dark wine red or deep berry purple lip to be the perfect way to add a statement with minimal fuss. These lip colours transition beautifully from day to night but the key to their success is application, upkeep and pairing the dark lip with a polished yet understated make up look.
How to apply a dark lip without looking like a clown
- Make sure you are starting with a clean, hydrated lip. A gentle buff with a natural lip exfoliant and application of lip balm will have you good to go. We LOVE Frank Body Lip Scrub & Lip Balm Duo.
- To help your lip colour last we recommend defining lips and colouring them in with a universal or matching lip pencil, this will stop the colour from sliding around and bleeding. If you are not a fan of lip liner then dab some foundation onto lips, this will act as a primer and help your lipstick to stay put.
- Apply your lipstick, blot with a tissue, then apply again. You can build up the intensity of colour with a lip brush or apply it straight from the barrel. Use a ring finger to push the colour deep into the creases of your lips ensuring even coverage and giving lips a subtle, stained finish.
- Always check your teeth and make sure you don’t have any lipstick on them.
- Smile! Did you know that blue based reds and purples make teeth appear whiter - win!
How to create your make up look around dark lips
- To keep this look fresh and modern (and to stop you from looking like the walking dead) we recommend keeping your foundation warm and luminous. You can do this by mixing a slightly warmer tone foundation or illuminator into your usual base.
- Add bronzer or a warm toned blush just off the apples of your cheeks to bring some colour back into your face.
- Keep eye make up subtle with a wash of colour that complements your darker lips (think metallic gold, rust and copper) and add lashings of mascara to define and open up the eyes.
Get The Look
rms beauty lip2cheek in promise (as a base on eyelids and flush of colour on cheeks)
Inika Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Duo in Black Sand (apply the copper shade to the lids, crease and brow bone then blend, blend, blend)
Some make up inspiration for dark lip looks