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Posted on 21 March 2016


Here’s our top tips on how to rock dark lipstick…

Even it up: If you have really flaky lips, try gently exfoliating them, with a lip exfoliator or a baby toothbrush. If it doesn’t work the day you want to rock your dark lip, it’s okay: go with a glossy dark lip colour. It will hide some of that flakiness.

De-fuzz your top lip: You should also make sure that there’s no hair on your upper lip. You have no idea what attention – and the wrong kind of attention – that dark shadow brings to your mouth. Also, if the lip colour catches any of those little, tiny hairs? Forget it, the look is just not good. They look like levitating dots. So wrong.

Start with good base-ics: The best way to prepare your lips for wearing a dark colour is to keep them in great shape, which means keeping them moisturised. A great lip balm is essential, but try to get one that’s not too glossy because if you use it as a base under the lip colour, it’ll sheer the colour out or cause it to slip past the lip line., instead go for a balm that’s more matte.

Go for glowing skin: You also have to spend a minute to perfect your skin, which is something a lot of people tend to forget. If your dark lips are competing against blotchiness or redness on the chin or nose, it just doesn’t look as fresh. Look for a good BB or CC cream or tinted moisturiser that will help you achieve a glowing, even complexion. It will help the dark lip stand out as bolder, cleaner and with more impact.

To line or not to line? If it’s a vinyl, high-shine lip, it’s not too glossy or creamy, it’ll stay put without using liner. However, if you feel more comfortable with the idea of a lined lip, get a lip brush and then perfect the look around the lip using just the product itself, or get a wine or blood-red-rose hued lip liner and perfect the lip. The key is that if you’re using a matte colour, you can use the pencil to smooth and perfect the look, but if it’s glossy, you’ll want to apply the liner first to give the lip colour hold and definition. {We sell lipliners too!}

Bonus round: how to properly apply lip liner! Get a natural lip pencil that mimics your natural lip tone. Sharpen the pencil, and then apply it with the side of the pencil laying on the lip with the tip facing upward. If you use the side of the pencil to sketch in the hue, you’ll get a broader line that will look more natural. Use shorter, sketching strokes instead of a hard line. You also don’t have to line your whole mouth; you can just do the corners of your mouth to enhance your own natural lip line. The goal is to reshape your mouth and to help the lipstick stay in.

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