5 Ways to Wear a Dark Lip With Confidence

Throw off your beauty shackles and embrace a look that’s a little vamp, a little daring and a whole lotta sexy. Here’s how to wear a dark lip with style and confidence this fall.

Dark lip colourPhoto: ShutterStock

Joining the Dark Side: A Dark Lip Primer

Succulent plum, brick red or chocolate brown? Take your pick. Deep, dark lipsticks are the beauty products to covet right now-and you can wear them no matter your age, skin tone or Netflix show preference. If you like the look, wear it! All you need to do is give yourself permission.

Not sure where to start? That’s where makeup artist and Elizabeth Arden trainer Jamie Petrovic comes in. Here are her pro tips for choosing a shade, applying your lipstick and balancing the rest of your makeup look.

Michelle Dockery of Downton AbbeyPhoto: Instagram @mararoszak

1. Pick a hue, any (dark) hue

Women tend to look best in cool makeup shades if they have cool-toned skin, and warm shades if they have warm-toned skin. Not sure what your tone is? If you have blue veins in your wrists and look good in silver jewellery, you have a cool skin tone (like Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery, shown here) and should choose a lipstick that has a cool, blue undertone. If you have green veins in your wrists and look good in gold jewellery, choose lipsticks with orange, yellow or gold undertones. (Some women have a neutral skin tone and can wear any colour.)

How dark you go is a matter of personal preference. “I think the important thing is for women to feel comfortable and beautiful in whatever they’re wearing,” says Petrovic. “Just because it’s a dark lip colour doesn’t mean that only a certain type of woman can wear it.”

Stila Lush Lips plumping primerPhoto: Stila

2. Prep the canvas before you wear a dark lip

Hands down, the most important steps of your dark lip application happen before you even reach for the lipstick tube. That’s because dark lipstick can bleed, fade or look bumpy if you haven’t first primed your canvas. Start by exfoliating to ensure your lips feel soft and supple. Petrovic recommends mixing Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant with sugar for a homemade scrub, or sloughing off dead skin with a granular cleanser.

Next, apply your foundation and take it over the lip line. “I find this is a really great way to set a clear slate,” says Petrovic.

Finally, smooth a lip primer onto your lips, working it into the grooves until the finish is dry and matte, not shiny or creamy. The primer will help anchor your lip pencil and lipstick and prevent feathering and fading.

Add these to your makeup bag:

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, Fragrance Free, $29, Hudson’s Bay.
Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer (shown here), $27, Sephora.

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