Published On: Tue, Sep 25th, 2012

How to: Dark lips

One of this autumn’s key looks is vampish lips. Deep tones of burgundy or berry were favourites on the AW 12/13 catwalks, but can be tough to perfect at home. The good news is that anyone can wear this trend; it’s just a matter of choosing the right texture and shade. So here’s our super easy guide to nailing a dark pout.

Prep and prime
This goes for everyone: To get this look to work you’ll need a good base of smooth, healthy lips. Exfoliate to ensure the colour will glide on: Instead of spending money on a lip exfoliator (these can be surprisingly pricey!) just use your toothbrush with a little warm water to gently scrub away any dead skin.

Texture
Steer clear of super glossy lipsticks; it’s all about pretty, stained lips rather than sticky jammy pouts. Look for matte textures or lipsticks with just a little sheen. If you love the colour but the texture is still a little too shiny, dust over a fine layer of loose powder or blot with a tissue.

Line
Using a lip liner will ensure the colour doesn’t ‘bleed’ into the skin around your lips. Choose a liner that is similar in colour to your lipstick, and line the edges of your lips with a thin line for a longer lasting finish. Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner, £3.99, works really well.

Colour
So whilst we know we’re looking for a dark colour, the trick is to know your skin tone and match the shade. Here are the basics:

Fair skin: Paler skin with cool or pink undertones suits pink- or purple-toned lip colours, so go for berry tones; anything with warm, brown tones will leave you looking washed out. This trend is all about looking gothic and grungy so don’t be afraid to go for the darker shades!
Medium skin: Warmer tones best compliment medium skin, so choose deep reds with brown undertones. Avoid cooler shades as this will clash with your skin tone.
Dark skin: Those of you with dark skin will find this trend easier to get right, so just think the darker the better! Deep purples and reds work best; steer clear of deep browns as the colour will look flat.

Use a lip brush to paint on the colour: Boots Retractable Lip Brush, £5.00 is a worthwhile investment.

Keep it simple
This look is dramatic, so it’s easy to overdo. Keep skin matte and use a little blusher to prevent looking washed out. Use a nude shadow on eyes with a little mascara, and let your lips do all the talking!

Image source: www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

About the Author

- Emily is a second year History student at the University of Liverpool. Like everyone else in the world, she loves music and food, and is happiest when dancing, singing and cooking. Occasionally a walking advert for things in bottles that make you look pretty.