Deep, dark lipsticks are no longer reminiscent of winters and Halloween. From red carpets to business dinners, dark lipsticks have taken over the beauty world by a storm. But wearing dark lipstick shades can seem intimidating, especially if you are a beginner. So here are some important things to keep in mind before coming over to the dark side.
Dry, cracked, and chapped lips are a big no-no when trying out a dark shade of lipstick. These lipsticks will emphasize all the lines and cracks in your lips, making your overall application look patchy and messy. Scrub your lips two to three times a week with a gentle lip scrub and apply a nourishing lip balm every day to keep your lips moisturized and smooth. Smooth lips create an even base for any lipstick to go on, but it is especially a must for dark lipstick shades.
From deep browns to dark and vampy reds, dark lipsticks are available in a variety of different shades. How a dark lipstick shade looks on you depends on various factors like your skin’s undertone, your complexion, and the outfit you wear. If you have a cool undertone, look for dark lipsticks that have a blue-based base colour, whereas those with warm undertones should look for lipsticks with a yellow or brown undertone. But don’t let these guidelines deter you from branching out and trying out other dark shades of lipsticks. Experiment with different shades to find one that complements you the best. Deep reds and wine shades look flattering on most skin tones, so if you are unsure of what dark lipstick shade to try, try either of these. The Maybelline Sensational Liquid Matte Lipstick in the shade Soft Wine is dark enough to look intense but will not overwhelm a first time dark lipstick wearer.
If you want to keep just one tip in mind when trying out dark lipstick for the first time, let it be this one. Most people tend to skip lip liner when doing their makeup but lip liner is key to wearing dark lipstick shades like a pro. Lip liners help create a crisp and clean outline and prevent your lipstick from feathering outside of your natural lip line. For example, try the Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in the shade Rich Wine or Rich Chocolate to accentuate your lips for a defined lip look that will create an impact. Dark lipstick shades are notorious for looking messy if not applied correctly. Lip liners help enhance the dark shade of lipstick and also improve its longevity. Not sure if you have a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade? Why not use the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Liquid Ink as lip liner too? Simply use the pointed tip of the applicator to outline your lips and you’ll have your very own liquid lip liner!
If you want your dark lipstick to be the focal point of your makeup, keep the rest of your makeup light and simple. Use light, neutral eyeshadows and a soft dab of colour on your cheeks. Do not use vibrant pops of colours on your lids that will clash with your dark lipstick shade.
That being said, if you are a pro at makeup and want to create a bold and dramatic look, a smokey eye look with a bold wing eyeliner will go great with a dark lipstick shade. If you can rock this look with confidence, go for it!
Dark lipstick shades have been around for decades, and we don’t see it going away any time soon, so why not experiment with dark lipsticks via the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool? Find the perfect dark lipstick shade for your skin tone by without leaving your home! We hope these tips help you wear your dark lipstick shades and slay your next makeup look. Worried you might apply your dark lipstick the wrong way? Let our step-by-step lipstick guide help you get a perfect application!