How to Find the Best Dark Lipsticks for Your Skin Tone
The fall season is the perfect time to experiment with dark lipstick. Your wardrobe undeniably becomes a little moodier—black on black FTW—and we can’t deny the bad-girl edge an ultra-deep wine or black cherry lippie adds to the ensemble. But it goes without saying that not all these hues will flatter every complexion. To achieve the right amount of drama and put your best face forward, you’ll have to rock the right shade. That’s why we’re here to help! Ready to find your perfect match? Keep scrolling.
Fair Skin Tone
It’s on fair skin that dark lipsticks really “pop” due to the large contrast in shades. To achieve a dramatic look without going overboard (aka looking like a vampire), pay close attention to your skin undertones and determine whether it’s warm (yellow) or cool (pink). For cool-toned skin, rich berry shades—like raspberry or blackberry—look great. If your skin is fair and warm, opt for lipsticks with a red or orange base as opposed to blue or purple.
Olive Skin Tone
If you have gorgeous olive skin, you’re at an advantage in the lipstick-picking department. A wide range of lip colors and shades complement olive skin, especially deeper ones. You really can’t go wrong with any dark hue, but we particularly love the way a bronze, black cherry, plum wine, and/or deep burgundy looks.
Medium-Tan Skin Tone
For medium-tan skin, brown-based shades are incredibly flattering, as are reddish-browns and mauves. The right formula should bring out the radiance of your face without washing you out. It might take a little trial-and-error before you discover your holy grail item, but the suggestion below can help point you in the right direction.
Deep Skin Tone
Perhaps there’s no color that suits a dark skin tone better than deep purple. If we had to choose a runner-up, dark chocolate brown is the winner, especially if you have a warmer undertone. But why settle on just one when you can have both?
Keep in mind: More important than the shade you pick is the preparation of your pout. No lipstick will look good on dry, flaky lips…period. Before you apply your lipstick, make sure to gently exfoliate your lips with a lip scuff and moisturize them immediately afterwards with your favorite balm. Not only will this crucial step help ensure long-lasting wear of your lip color, it’ll help prevent the formula from seeping into dry patches and creases. We share an easy DIY lip scrub recipe here!
Loving the cold-weather, dark lipstick trend? Round out your collection with four must-have vamp lippies shared here!