How to Wear Dark Lipstick

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Step aside, T-Swift; your signature lips have met their match. Dark lipstick made a comeback this fall, with celebrities, fashion models and collegiettes alike swapping out their routine shades for more dark and daring options. Although it may seem tricky to pull off, there are many ways to flaunt bold color with confidence (and without looking too old). As always, HC is here to help!


Find the right shade

If you’re considering going dark, first things first: you should pick a shade that best complements your skin tone. Makeup is all about experimentation, but you want to make sure that the color is flattering and adds to your overall ensemble. So, what exactly does that look like?


Fair skin tones:

The lighter the skin, the more dramatic the darker color will appear. Lisa Owens, a Detroit-area makeup artist and licensed aesthetician, says that it’s important to look at how the color will complement your complexion. “With fair skin, you can get away with blues (berry shades) and light burgundy shades that go nicely with pink undertones in the complexion,” she says.

To avoid an overpowering color, we recommend starting off with a subtle transition into the deep-berry-colored and mauve lipsticks. Try Maybelline’s Moisture Sensational Lip color in Dazzling Plum ($7.49) or  Vincent Longo’s  Wet Pearl Lipstick in Pearl Berry ($23).

Kelsey Pomeroy, a sophomore at Ohio State, says she likes how dark colors stand out on her complexion. “I love wearing dark lipstick because it really pops against my pale skin,” she says. “My favorite shade is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Endless Purple ($13), which goes on like a liquid and dries to a pretty matte plum.”


If you’re feeling even more daring, you can take the next step into deep burgundy lipsticks. You never know what you will be comfortable with and what will look good on you until you give the new shade a test drive. Bite Beauty’s High Pigment Matte Pencil in Bramble – black current ($24) and MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Faithfully Yours ($18) are great options for those who are looking to experiment.

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Katie Szymanski is a junior studying Communication Studies and Spanish at the University of Michigan. She is obsessed with feeding the squirrels on campus (Michigan squirrels are one of a kind) and taking pictures of herself feeding said squirrels.   Katie currently interns for the Social Media Specialist at UofM! She loves cheering on the Wolverines at the Big House, anything and everything social media related, and reading HC of course.