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.
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.
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.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $15.99
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.
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.
Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Made It, $60
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.
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.
Transformulas LipVolume, $49
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