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Monday, September 26, 2011

How to do a dark lip and still look pretty!

       Hello dollies.
       From deep plum to rich red, dark lip looks are super-hot this holiday season and can be surprisingly easy to pull off.
      In spite of many women's fear of dark lips , I am gonna tell you that everyone cn pull off a dark lip , ifthey know how to correctly choose the colours that complement their skin tone.

The shade of lipstick that you choose can make or break your look!

If you have a cool complexion ,  choose dark colors with blue and purple undertones, like berry or bordeaux.

Some examples would be:

Lancome L'Absolute Rouge in Berry Noir

Urban Decay Lipstick in Gash

Revlon ColorStay Soft&Smooth Lipcolor in Divine Port Wine

For a warm skin tone, look for coral and gold undertones, like brick and golden red.

Lancome Color Fever Lipstick in Brickhouse

Vincent Longo Velvet Rich Rejuvenating Lipstick in Carnelian Whisper

CoverGirl TruShine LipColor in Fire Shine  

Dark Lipstick Do's

Unless you're going for a dramatic statement, keep your dark lip the distinguishing feature of your look and downplay the rest. To define but not overpower your makeup:

-Use a generous amount of mascara to frame the eyes. If you're using shadow, go for lighter shades or a light, iridescent shimmer that won’t conflict with your lips.

-To contour cheeks, sweep a subtle pink blush across your apples for just a pop of color.

-Line your lips with a lip liner in a similar shade before and after applying your lipstick, the texture of the pencil will hold your color in place.

Dark Lipstick Don'ts

To avoid Twilight lips (i.e. looking washed out, too dark lips, or just looking plain silly like a dead vampire) :

-Don't apply dark lipstick on chapped or dehydrated lips. The color will catch on the areas that are dry and cracked and set in, looking rather unsightly. If you suffer from dry lips use a lip conditioner before applying.

-Don't pick a shiny finish. Anything from matte to cream, or even a slight gloss is fine, but stay away from excessively shiny finishes. High shine glosses tend to migrate more on your lips as the day goes on. If you have thin lips however, you should incorporate a subtle gloss finish over top of your color, since matte shades make lips look smaller.

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