How To Flawlessly Apply A Dark Lip

A dark lip is a staple makeup look which can take you from day to night with just a touch of coloured lipstick. Before applying it and heading out the door, however, there are a few tips and tricks we can all learn to make the most out of our bold lips, and to keep it from smudging throughout the evening.

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Prep and prime

Before applying a dark coloured lipstick, it is essential to moisturise the area well. Since most darker lipsticks are ultra-drying, they can leave lips feeling patchy and brittle. Use a matte lip conditioner and gently pat it over both your top and bottom lips before applying anything else over the top.

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Nuxe Reve de Miel Matte Lip Balm, $19.95


If your lips are slightly darker, use a damp cosmetic sponge and a tiny pump of your foundation to create one, consistent colour. This will also help the lipstick to last longer and won’t stain the lines in your lips.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $15.99

Lip liner

Once your lips are all even, use a lip liner and start drawing the outline of your lips from the cupids bow (the middle). This can often be one of the most hardest places to line the lips, so use a light hand and slowly build upon this area.

If you want to over-draw your lips like Kylie Jenner does, it is best to elongate the sides rather than the cupids bow where its most obvious. Use a lip liner which is a similar shade to the lipstick or lip stain which you’ll be using later.

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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner – Savage Rose, $31.72


Since lipsticks are often a little difficult to apply straight from the bullet, a lipstick brush is a must-have to achieve a precise line. Simply dip it into the bullet, and carefully fill in the lips. If you do make any mistakes, use an angled cotton tip dipped in makeup remover to clean up any lines.

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Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Made It, $60

Lip stain

For long-lasting lipstick which requires little to no touch-ups, then a lip stain is just what you need. You can use your finger to blend it on the lips and can remove any excess product with a tissue. Lip stains generally last longer since they are more pigmented, and require less attention, even if you’re eating or drinking.

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Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain, $35


To lock-in the colour, use a gloss which will also keep your lips cool and hydrated. Keep a plumping gloss in your bag and reapply throughout the evening – it’s perfect for women with dry, patchy lips.

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Transformulas LipVolume, $49

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10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

High-end makeup might not be a reality for most of us on a daily basis, but sometimes it’s nice to splurge on a luxury product every now and then.

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Rather than taking a leap of faith and buying anything in sight, we have compiled our list of the top ten tried and tested luxury products which are worth every cent.


A creamy, pigmented lipstick is a must-have in every girl’s makeup collection, especially a bright red or burgundy shade for those special events. Givenchy has a large collection of matte lip colours which look and feel luxurious (with leather packaging) and will last you for years to come.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick – 304 Mandarin Bolero, $63


Keep that skin looking sun-kissed all year round with a shimmering, lightweight bronzer. Rather than some drugstore formulas which are heavy and difficult to blend, Chanel have made the perfect cream bronzer which melts seamlessly into the skin.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, $67

Eyeshadow quad

Every woman needs a luxury eyeshadow quad which boasts at least one shimmery shade for a special event, and Charlotte Tilbury certainly doesn’t disappoint. The Dolce Vita palette comes with 4 matte and 1 shimmery shades and shows you exactly how to use them.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Colour Coded Eyeshadow The Dolce Vita, $74.48


A good highlighting shade is a must-have since it creates a subtle glow without making your skin look too greasy. Hourglass are renowned for their collection of shimmery highlighters, which glide on easily and last for ages.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, $59

Sheer lipstick

If you’re not the type of girl who wants to splurge on a product to never use it, then a sheer, everyday lipstick is just for you. The sheer lip colours by Tom Ford are available in a multitude of colours and give a glow to your everyday appearance. The packaging is also super-luxurious and feels amazing!

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Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer, $68


A flawless foundation for those special events such as a wedding or graduation is a must-have, especially one which doesn’t leave a white caste. The Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani comes in over 12 shades to suit your skin-tone, and is suitable for all skin types.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $92

Lip liner

The secret to larger, luscious lips all comes down to a killer lip liner, namely, one by Charlotte Tilbury. The creamy formula glides seamlessly and gives your lips a natural look for all occasions.

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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, $31.72


Give your lashes a boost of volume with a concentrated formula by YSL. The mascara boasts a clump-free formula which lengthens your lashes without the use of falsies.

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YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis Shocking, $55


Prep your base with a light-reflecting primer which offers maximum protection and also boasts some serious skin-loving benefits. The Veil Mineral Primer is oil-free and creates a porcelain-smooth complexion for all skin types.

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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $96


A bronze and blush duo, which is just too cute to handle (see below), adds the finishing touches to any makeup look. Combine the colours for a sun-kissed glow, or just use the corner for more of a concentrated finish.

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Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer, $46

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Body Shimmers For All Skin Types

If you’re not a big fan of fake tanning, then investing in a good body shimmer is a must-have for the summer season.

Rather than risking it all for a mostly orange-based colour (which by the way is a nightmare to remove), shimmers are lightweight and emphasise your own natural glow.

We have found just a few options which will leave your skin looking perfectly toned, especially for a special event or a night out!

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Golden Oil, $29.95

After the success of their dry body oil, Nuxe created a revolutionary new formula with tiny shimmering mineral particles. Apply just a few drops to your skin to achieve an instant glow, with a delicious honey scent! It helps to soften and illuminate the skin without the use of any harmful chemicals.

Body Shimmers For All Skin Types

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body, $88.28

Loved by Kim Kardashian, this shimmery, paraben-free formula creates the illusion of longer, toned legs in no-time. With a cooling, menthol fragrance, it helps to stimulate the circulation in your legs, and is also quick and easy to apply.

Body Shimmers For All Skin Types

The Base Skin Illuminator Shimmer, $24

Create a natural glow by applying just a pea-sized amount into your moisturiser and applying directly onto the skin. Since the formula is highly pigmented, you only need a tiny amount to transform your entire face and body. Apply as a shimmery contour onto the cheekbones, decolletage, and of course, on the legs.

Body Shimmers For All Skin Types

Red Carpet Kolour Luminous Body Glow, $49.95

A shimmery formula which adapts your skin tone and creates a subtle glow. The formula is quick-drying and won’t leave an unpleasant stain on your clothes. It truly is the perfect product to apply just before you’re heading out the door! Available in three unique colours to suit your own skin tone.

Body Shimmers For All Skin Types

ModelCo Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser, $24

One of the only products you can actually use on hair, face, and body which is good for your skin! Packed with natural ingredients such as chamomile and Vitamin E to nourish all skin types.

Body Shimmers For All Skin Types

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