Want to Look Good in Dark Lipstick? Here’s How!

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Dark lipstick has a kind of avant-garde and high fashion vibe. This is probably why some people find it intimidating. You may think that it only suits a certain lip shape or a particular skin tone. That’s not true – anyone can rock the dark lipstick!

Here are some tips and tricks to help you rock it:

1. Exfoliate and moisturise your lips before applying dark lipstick

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Dark lipsticks are drier on your lips than the lighter-colored ones. If your lips are dry, the dark color will make it worse, and the dry patches can be seen in dark-colored lipsticks. To prevent that from happening, it’s best to exfoliate with a lip scrub and apply a coat of lip balm before the lipstick.

2. Go easy on the eyes

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You’ll want your lips to do most of the talking, not other parts of your features. So go easy on the makeup for your eyes and cheeks. Don’t let them outshine your dark and gorgeous lips.

3. Complement it

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The rest of your makeup should complement your lips’ dark shade. If the lipstick used is dark brown, then use a bit of lighter brown on your eyes or cheeks. This helps to ensure that your makeup looks well-balanced.

4. Always blot after the first layer

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Blotting is not a waste of your precious lipstick. After the first layer of dark lipstick, take a piece of tissue and press it against your lips gently. This will help you ‘press’ and ‘seal’ the color onto your lips, which makes it last for a longer period of time. After blotting, apply a fresh coat of lipstick.

5. Use a lip liner

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Not only do lip liners help set the shape of your lips, it also stops you from looking bad halfway through the night. Lip liners stop your lipstick from bleeding or feathering off the edges of your lips.

6. Start from the center

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For a more natural look with dark lipsticks, start applying it from the center of your lips. You can slowly blend the color to the rest of your lips so that it’s lighter on the side. This will make your lips look more defined.

7. Try the sheer version if you’re still not sure

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If you’re still not sure if dark lipsticks are your thing, try the sheer ones first. It looks great on everyone and a good introduction for those who may be a little shy with bold makeup.

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written by Esther Chung