Tips For Applying Dark Lipstick

November 20, 2014

Whether you’re attending a dress-up party or simply want to try out a new look, nothing beats dark lipstick. You can pick one up almost anywhere, and they are guaranteed to easily transform your look in seconds.

However, before you can apply a dark lip, read our tips on how to prep your lips first!

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If your lips are chapped or slightly damaged, it’s best to carefully exfoliate your lips to remove these dead skin cells. The best way to do this without causing more damage is with a clean toothbrush. Carefully run the toothbrush over your top and bottom lip and move it in circular motions.

If you feel like your skin is getting a bit dry, apply a moisturising cream with the toothbrush. Wash-off with tepid water, and pat dry with a paper towel.


Apply equal parts of sugar and water and mix to achieve a fine paste. Carefully run this back and forth over your lips to remove any additional dried-up skin. For best results, leave on for 3-5 minutes, then carefully wash off and dry. Your lips should feel super-smooth!


Keep your lips moisturised by applying a thick formula before using a lipstick. This step is extremely important because it won’t leave any lipstick residue between the lines of your lips (which is a nightmare to remove). Wait for the moisturiser to settle in your lips completely, and then jump to the next step.


Carefully line your lips with a sharp lip liner. This makes it so much easier to apply a dark lip, which can be quite tricky! Take care when you’ve reach the top lip (near the cupids bow), and use a cotton tip to remove excess product.


Use a lip brush to carefully colour in the rest of your lips. This step should be relatively easy if you have lined your lips well in the previous step. After you’re done, take a tissue and press it over your top and bottom lips. Use a setting powder and brush and press over the tissue – this will keep your lips looking matte all day long!

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