Trend to try this season: Dark Lips

Makeup and Beauty


Dark Lip Colour, in all its Gothic glory is more of a fall season staple, just like a pair of leather boots or a jacket. Every fall, it becomes so omnipresent that it’s hard to not follow this trend! If you have been chickening out to embrace this punk magnificence, let us help you to make an attempt, at least! Shall we?

To help you navigate through the latest crop of plums, berries, bricks and browns hitting beauty counters now, here are some tips on how to sport a dark lip and own it this fall.

Understand the Thin-Thick Lip Equation
Dark Lipsticks don’t look too well on thin lips. Wearing too dark of a color can create the illusion of lips looking smaller or slimmer. Just remember the golden rule- Dark hues minimize the actual lip area whereas a lighter shade volumize thin lips giving it a fuller effect. But that should not deter you girlies from flaunting this season’s hottest trend. Try the ‘not-so-dark’ browns and reds from the Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in Leather range. This and other range of glossy dark toned lip colour would leave your thin lips with a non-sticky, lasting, bold finish.


Balance is the key
The key to making this trend work is to keep the rest of your look simple and drama-free. Keep it fairly minimal on the rest of your face. Use a similar shade on your cheeks or eyelids to let the lip color harmonize with the rest of your makeup. If you’re wearing a brown-colored lipstick, go for bronze eye makeup to tie the look together. Or you could blend a dab of your lip color onto your cheeks to create a monochromatic flush.


Pick a shade that complements your skin tone
This is the golden rule of makeup- your complexion determines what will look good on you. Dark can be more purple or more berry or more brick. Tone it up or down according to your taste. Cool shades look great on fair skin, be experimental and choose something in pink or blue. For warm complexions, choose shades that veers toward brown.


Still not sure? Try a muted take!
A berry stain with a little and brightness to it will be easier to try out. Try a sheer shade such as Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. This one looks good on everyone, or create your own by applying a dark lipstick with your fingers instead of straight from the bullet for a sheer wash of color.


Try a trendy shade
With all things ‘90s back in a big way, check out some vamp throwback colors, this fall. Inky plum, deep burgundy, and straight-up black lipsticks won’t keep you warm, but they do look really hot. Here are the most flattering shades in every finish: matte, glossy, and high shine.


Seal it with a liner
Lip liner is an absolute must with dark lips, especially if you have thin lips! Use a pencil to perfect your shape; the waxes in the pencil will also help prevent color bleeding.


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