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How to wear dark lipstick

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Keep on trend and treat your lips to some moody hues
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.

Read on to know more about how to wear dark lipstick shades:

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!
Some good options for a dark lipstick are:
Fair skins: Maybelline Superstay 14hr Lipstick, Shades Non-Stop Red, Eternal Rose, Stay with me Coral; Oriflame Colour Drop Lipstick, Shades Melting Pink, Drop of Fuchsia, Liquid Red.
Wheatish skins: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick , Shades Intensely Mauve, Always Apricot, Molten Caramel; Maybelline Color Sensational Jewels Lipstick, Shades Wine, Red.
Dusky skins: Lakme Enrich Satin Lip Color, Shades 422, 134, 138, 267, 274 Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick, Shades Couture, Trendsetter, Designer.
Top tip! You can mattify any lip color by dabbing a tissue over your lips after applying lipstick and dusting some translucent powder through the tissue.
Eye makeup and blush 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 Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Shade Brazen is a great pick! Define your upper lash line with black or brown liner and finish off with mascara. I recommend L'Oreal Paris Superliner Luminizer Eye Liner, Shade Brown, and Colorbar Zoom & Whoosh Mascara. You could finish up with a pair of false eye lashes for a glamorous pin-up look.
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 Colorbar Touch And Blushe in Paparazzi Bronze works well with most lip colors and adds a natural flush to the complexion.
Styling a Dark Lip Look
Last but not the least, the clothing and accessories! The look needs to be styled right so that all the elements are in harmony. Avoid too much color in your outfit and stick to a monochrome palette. This will keep the focus on the bold lip! It’s best to go for a neutral colored outfit in white, beige, tan or black. To add some interest, you could add a pop of metallic in the form of footwear or a clutch.
By Ankita Chaturvedi, beauty blogger and author of Corallista.com, a one stop destination for beauty reviews, looks and tutorials.
Read more about how to flaunt red lipstick: How To Find The Red Lipstick For Your Skin Tone
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