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How To Wear Dark Lipstick Like A Pro

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Dark lipstick isn’t just for goth fans! Runways and red carpets the world over are brimming with dark lips in an array of shades from juicy berry and ruby reds to deep plums and burgundy wines. But the key to rocking the brooding, dark lip starts with choosing the right color for your complexion. Go dark but no so dark that it looks scary. Generally, wine red, burgundy and deep plum look lovely on Indian skin tones. It’s advisable to avoid deep purples and blackened reds because they can make your skin look to sallow and the contrast too stark. Choosing the right finish is important as well. Matte finish lipsticks look more polished and understated while Glossy lipsticks look more glamorous but draw attention. So, if dark lipsticks are a new territory for you, stick to a matte or satin finish.

Equally important is finding THE Dark Lipstick shade that’s just right for you. Using your skin tone as a guide to find the right dark lippie is the way to go. Fair skinned gals should stick to pink-based berry or brick reds. Wheatish or medium skins look lovely in darker burgundy or maroons. Meanwhile dusky skins look stunning in all shades except heavy browns. A tip worth keeping mind: Make your deep lips the focal point of your look, and tone down the rest of your makeup and hair. A sleek, pulled back or softly flowing hairstyle, lightly flushed cheeks and barely-there eyes are all you need when it’s time for your dark lips to do the talking!

Read on to know more about how to find THE shade for you:

Dark Lipstick For Fair Skin

Our pick: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick The Bricks-City Heat Collection - 2 Madison Red

Dark Lipstick For Wheatish Skin

Our pick: Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color - Burgundy Lush

Dark Lipstick For Dusky Skin

Our pick: Nykaa Ultra Matte Lipstick - 17 Coco

Makeup To Go With Dark Lips

Darker colors can bring down your face, so you need a few other products on your face to balance out the look. At the same time, the rest of your makeup needs to be understated so that it doesn’t clash with the bold lip color.

Eyes: Opt for a neutral flesh toned or light brown eye shadow and sweep it all over the lid. For a more festive look, you could also go with a soft metallic gold or bronze shade. The Maybelline New York City Mini Palette Eye shadow in the shade Rooftop Bronze is a great pick!

Define your upper lash line with black or brown liner and finish off with mascara. We recommend Colorbar Just Smoky Eye Kajal - Just Brown, and L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. You could finish up with a pair of false eye lashes for a glamorous pin-up look. Our bets are on the PAC Tapered Lash – 53.

Cheeks: For the cheeks, opt for an understated color that will add a soft healthy flush to the face and counteract the dark lip. But don’t go for something too bright as it will take the focus away from your lip. A warm pink bronze color like the Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombr in the shade The Princess Diaquaries works well with most lip colors and adds a natural flush to the complexion.

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