Is there anything that screams fall more than a dark, wine-stained lip? In our opinion, it’s right up there with cozy knits and pumpkin-anything. But with every dark lip, there is a downside: namely, the potential for channeling a goth Bozo the clown. To help us pull off a smudge-proof dark lip like a true pro, we tapped our resident makeup expert, Lauren Andersen, to show us the ropes.
Keep flipping for our step-by-step guide to mastering a perfect dark lip!
“I like nudeness,” Andersen says, when we ask her about how we should do our face makeup to complement a dark lip. “I like everything to be natural and structured when I do a dark lip.”
To give your dark lip staying power, fill in your lips first with a lip pencil similar to the lipstick shade you’ve chosen. First, trace around your lips to give a precise shape—Andersen uses MAC’s Lip Pencil ($16) in Chestnut.
Fill in the rest of your lips with the lip pencil you’ve chosen.
For a super-precise dark lip, always apply the color with a lip brush. Not only will it give you more control, but it will leave you with a more subtle, stain-like effect. Try Lipstick Queen’s Silver Screen Lipstick ($50) in Made It or Kevyn Aucoin’s The Expert Lip Color ($35) in Bloodroses for a similar finish.
To define the lip line even more, Andersen uses an angled brush to trace around the lip with concealer.
Blot away shine, give your hair a spritz of dry shampoo, and flash your pearly whites—you’ve officially mastered a perfect dark lip.
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