Dark Lips: Basics & How To’s

dark lippies

Don’t be afraid to wear a statement lip this season! Be bold and feel fab!

I know experimenting with a darker lip can be a bit terrifying. So I tried to recommend products that can be lightened or darkened with more layers. Remember makeup is fun! Trying new lippies can change a whole look around!

First things first: moisturize and exfoliate before rocking a dark lip. Especially if the lip product is matte. If you don’t your lips will show any chapped, peeling or dry lips. Which is not cute and can feel uncomfortable. I love starting with Mary Kay’s Satin Lips Lip Mask, its perfect for exfoliating. You apply this and leave on for 1-2 minutes and then gently rub off. After I apply Mary Kay’s Satin Lips Lip Balm to moisturize. This set retails for $18 and its well worth the price!

Now your lips are prepped and ready for the awesomeness of dark lips. Personally I love the matte finish, I find these products last the longest and the ones that I use aren’t drying at all! But I’ve given suggestions featuring multiple finishes.

Lime Crime’s Velvetines in Wicked is the perfect deep burgundy shade. This product applies like a lip gloss and dries super super matte. It is a bit pricey but Lime Crime is cruelty-free and vegan! It’s important to make sure you have very clean lips when applying this! No lip balm on whatsoever, if you try to apply it with lip balm it’ll glide and not work how it’s supposed to. The longevity of this particular product for me is about 8 hrs with very  minimal touch ups.

For a drug store and cheaper option I really like to use NYX Soft Matte lip cream in Copenhagen. It’s a “rich plum” but I would lean more towards it having a red tone to it. This isn’t nearly as long lasting as Lime Crimes but it is a fraction of the price. It’s an awesome alternative if you’re still looking for that matte look. (Again apply with clean lips!)

Milani’s Color Statement Lipsticks are amazing! They’re affordable, have great pigmentation, and don’t tend to bleed outside of my lips. I use the shade Black Cherry, and it’s a deep berry color. Some days when I just want a little color, but not a super bold lip, I like applying this with lip balm on. Only in the center of my lips and I blend out to give a nice berry stain.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Va Va Violent is just omg can we take a moment of silence for this shade. I have been on the hunt for a deep purple lip. The shades before have been more red toned but this is a perfect cool deep purple. I do wish the product itself was a little bit better quality. I do have to apply it like four times to get a good even color. But the color is worth is to me. It lasts a decent amount of time and it actually didn’t bleed on me at all!

Finding that right shade of red can be challenge. There isn’t just one universal red that will look good on everybody. There’s reds with blue undertones more suitable for cooler or pinker skin tones and then there’s warmer reds more suited for warmer or yellow skin tones. This one by Jordana in the shade Rock n Rouge is suited for cooler skin tones. This gives me a perfect Christmas red because because of the cooler undertone! I find these moisture balm stains tend to lack on the moisturizing and pigmentation, so I like to use NYX Mega Skine Lip Gloss in Plush Red to give it some more color. I’m not really a fan of lip glosses but this one isn’t goopy or sticky, it’s very comfortable to wear. With a lipstick and gloss combo like this you’re gonna find that they don’t last that long and will require a lip liner. But if you’re just wearing this for a holiday party you should be fine!

* An important thing to remember when wearing matte lips is to not lick or rub your lips together like you might with a regular lipstick. The matte lip product is meant to be long wearing so licking or rubbing can remove the product and take away from the longevity of it!


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