Dark Lipstick Trend

Statement lip do’s and don’ts.

The autumn/winter ready-to-wear ’16/’17 runways were awash with dark, statement lips. From Christian Dior’s almost black plum lip to Marni’s wine stained pout and Marc Jacob’s slick black lipstick choice – everyone was opting for a moody lipstick.

And while there’s no right or wrong when it comes to applying a dark lip (whatever makes you and your lips comfortable should be your highest priority), we have come up with a quick-read cheat sheet to ensure you get the most out of your statement lip.

How to wear dark lipstick

How to apply, wear and maintain

Bold lips aren’t impossible to pull off but they do need some prep work and maintenance. For starters you’ll always want to ensure your lips are in prime condition before you apply any lipstick. This means grabbing a gentle exfoliant (sugar or lip specific product) and giving your lips the once over. It’s always a good idea to apply a moisturising gloss or balm an hour or so beforehand so the product has some time to do its work and there’s no residue left behind.

Many make-up artists will choose to apply a concealer or foundation to the lips before applying any colour; this trick not only gives the product something to adhere to but also gives the colour a chance to pop. Similarly, a lip liner isn’t always necessary when opting for a dark lip but it can help with the wear, definition and longevity of your colour choice. If you’re unable to find an exact match the general rule of thumb is to pick a colour that is a shade or two lighter than the lipstick, as a darker shade can overpower your hero shade or change the hue.

If you’re keen to try a dark statement lip but know maintaining the look day-to-day will be the last of your concerns, be wise in your choice of lipstick type. For example, many brands now offer long-wearing liquid lipsticks that dry matte and are designed to stick around throughout your day.


how to wear dark lipstick

How to find your colour

So you’re sold on trying a dark bold lip but aren’t sure what colour will suit your skin tone? No problem. Cool undertones should opt for shades with blue or purple undertones (think deep crimson reds and dark plums), while warmer skin tones should look for shades with red, brown or yellow undertones (think brick-red browns or wine coloured shades). Olive or neutral skin tones have the luck of being able to wear both cool and warm shades – even tones that generally washout your cool and warm toned counterparts – like yellow or pastel – can work for you.

Article with thanks to Vogue Australia