Dark Matters: Fall Lipstick Tips
Choose Your Shade
The general rule of thumb here is to go by your eye color. If you have light eyes, choose a pink based shade. Dark eyed beauties, stick to your wheelhouse. A shade with a brown base will bring out your eye color even more. Blue based shades tend to be flattering on just about everyone, just keep in mind that the darker the hue, the higher the drama-level.
Make it Last
A quick tip to making sure your pretty pout stays put is to apply a thin layer of foundation to your lips before applying your chosen stick, stain or crayon. Let the foundation soak in for a few seconds before applying your color. The foundation will "grab" your lipcolor and help it stay put. For a more defined lip, choose a closely matching lip pencil and lightly line the outside edges of your pout. Not only will it create a more dramatic look, but lipliner keeps your color from bleeding. If you're going for a more casual dark lip, try a lipliner that closely matches your skin tone. All the staying power, with a less defined shape.
Tie it All Together
If your looking to full-on embraced dark lipped drama, then go for that smoky eye! (NOTE: this works best for evening looks) On the other hand, if you want your pout to be the main focus, then keep everything else light and natural. Line your eye with a soft brown powder as opposed to a liquid or pencil and keep the blush light.
One More Lip Tip
There is more than one way to pull off a dark lip. Even during the cooler months, when dramatic lips are at their most popular, they can be a bit much during the day. Instead of banishing your berries and burgundies to your evening clutch, try dabbing your lipstick and blending with your finger. This will add a subtle stained look as opposted to an all over lacquered finish.