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#PuckerUp: 8 Rules for Pulling Off Dark Lipstick & Our Top Picks!

If you’re a self-proclaimed lipstick junkie (like we are), then we know you probably get bored of going the classic-red route or going cute and girly with a pink pout at times. So why not notch up your sex appeal with a deeper shade of wine and burgundy? We don’t blame you for being wary of trying these richer shades at first, but with a few rules for pulling off dark lipstick, you will no longer be intimidated by these bold shades. Read on to help you rock dark lips like a total diva.

1. Play Up One Feature Only

Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

A striking pout is all the drama you need to grab attention. If you’re going dark on the lips, make sure to keep the rest of your face simple and not overdo it. Eyeliner, mascara and dewy skin - that's all you need to pair with your dramatic pout. The aim is to look sexy, not scary, so let your lips do all the talking!

2. Prep Your Pout

Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

For that velvety finish, you need to make sure your lips are smooth and healthy. Get rid of flakes by exfoliating your pucker with a toothbrush dipped in warm water, then use a thin layer of lip balm before gliding on your lippie to keep your pout moisturized.

3. Find the Perfect Shade

Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

Always try on the colour at the store to see how it looks on you. If it makes you look tired or your complexion dull, then keep looking till you find a shade that lights up your face. When in doubt, think of a celeb whose skin tone is similar to yours and find a shade like the one she wears. Being a popular trend on the red carpet and runway, it shouldn’t be difficult finding a dark-lipped muse to take inspiration from! Otherwise, stick to a berry shade - they are universally flattering.

4. Apply It with a Lip Brush

Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

It’s safer to apply dark pigments with a lip brush so you can glide it on with precision and avoid smudging. Such a bold pigment can get messy, so be safe and use a lip brush to swipe it on with care.

5. Colour Between the Lines

Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

A fabulous pucker can quickly turn disastrous thanks to smudging. Prevent your gorgeous shade from bleeding outside of your lip line by brushing on compact powder or a tiny bit of concealer around your lips. You can also line your pucker with a nude lip pencil to avoid any beauty emergencies.

6. Try a Lip Stain

Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

If you’re a bit unsure about going super-bold with a striking shade of burgundy, you can try a dark lip stain or a tinted gloss instead, since they won’t be as harsh and pigmented as a lipstick. A bold-hued lip stain also helps make your lips appear fuller - so go on and get pucker-ready!

7. A Teeth-Check Is a Must

Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

Nothing can be more humiliating than smiling your widest at a party, only to realize later that your beautiful lipstick shade is all over your teeth. Make sure to do a quick check in front of the mirror before leaving from home. One old-school trick to prevent your lipstick from getting onto your teeth is to apply a tiny bit of Vaseline on your teeth. Otherwise, simply slip in your index finger into your mouth and slide it out, so any excess colour comes off onto your finger and not on your teeth. Phew, disaster averted!

8. Own the Room

Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

A dazzling shade of rich wine, maroon, berry or burgundy gives you that dramatic, look-at-me effect. You need to work the look with a confident air to really channel your sexiest best. You can be sure that all eyes will be on you, so it’s important to be fearless, self-assured and own the look.

Our Fave Picks for When You Want to Go Dark

Try a deep shade in the evening or night. We give you our top picks that will help you shine!

dark lipsticks

1. MAC Mineralise Rich Lipstick in Lush Life (Rs 1,360)

2. Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Wine Hot (Rs 620)

3. Colorbar Soft Touch Rhinestone Lipstick 045 (Rs 450)

4. Lakme 9 to 5 Creaseless Creme Lipstick Wine Order CP10 (Rs 450)

5. NARS Valkyrie (Rs 1,550)

MUST-READ: What Does Your Fave Lipstick Shade Say About You?

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Published on Jan 30, 2015
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