Get Your Dark Lip On!

Jennifae

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It's that time of the year again when days and nights are getting colder and darker... you know what that means... WINTER IS COMING!


Any GoT fans out there? :D


It's time to get your dark lip on!

There's just something about a dark lip that looks very sexy, but it can be quite intimidating, especially if you've never worn a dark lipstick before. Nowadays, there are so many choices available in varying hues and formulas that it's easy to get overwhelmed, so we tried and tested as many dark lipsticks as we could from semi-sheer to opaque, cool to warm toned, glossy to matte finish, and we narrowed it down to what we think are the best dark lipsticks currently on the market.


Want the perfect winter shade to experiment with?

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Try a beautiful deep berry shade like Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Iris or Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L102. Both have an ultra creamy, buttery smooth, long-wearing formula. If you prefer matte lipsticks, Butter London Moisture Matte Lipstick in Ruby Murray has an amazing formula that's long-lasting, non-drying and does not feather or bleed. We also love Illamasqua Lipstick in Shard for a more matte finish. It is a little on the dry side, but a bit of lip balm underneath works wonders.


Feeling throwback to the 90’s?

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How about a sexy chocolate brown lip color like LASplash Lip Couture Liquid Lipstick in Untamed or Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Choco-Liscious? If you want something more wearable, try Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Black Violet or Ellis Faas Glazed Lips in L302. Clinique's Black Violet is more brown than violet, but it has a hint of purple that makes the color look very flattering on most skin tones, while Ellis Faas Glazed Lips' high-shine formula downplays the dark color, making it easier to pull off.


Feeling really daring?

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Try a deliciously vampy burgundy shade like Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Night Crimson or Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Vampette for a super creamy texture. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry is a good, affordable option with a satin-sheen finish. For matte lipstick lovers, Lancome Color Design Matte Lipstick in Afraid Not is perfect for a comfortable matte-but-not-dry finish. All of the four shades mentioned above are very well pigmented, smooth, long-wearing, and non-drying.


Want an even bolder look?

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Try deep plum shades like Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry or Lancome L'Absolu Velours in Velours de Violine for a velvety matte finish. If you want a bit of sheen, Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick in Annette and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet both have a nice smooth, moisturizing formula.


If you've never tried a dark lip before, here are a few quick tips to make this seasonal statement work for you.

  1. Gently exfoliate your lips to remove any dry flakes or patches. Dark lipsticks are not so forgiving when it comes to chapped lips, so use a good lip scrub like Sara Happ's The Lip Scrub, Jane Iredale’s Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper, or make your own with some sugar and olive oil.
  2. Moisturize your lips to ensure the color goes on smoothly. Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment and Origins Conditioning Lip Balm with Turmeric are great because they sink in and moisturize lips quickly.
  3. Line your lips to prevent bleeding or feathering then fill everything in to help the lip colors last longer and wear more evenly.
  4. Apply your lip color with a lip brush. Dark lip shades can get messy quickly, so you want to be sure you're precisely putting it on.
  5. Keep the rest of your makeup simple. Wearing a dark lip makes a bold statement, so it's important to keep the rest of your look minimal. Apply a bit of concealer, highlight your natural features, curl your lashes, and add a touch of mascara. If that's a little too minimal for you, play up the eyes by applying a light shimmery bronze or taupe.
  6. If you're still a bit nervous to try a full-on dark lip, apply the lip color and blot, blot, blot for a stained, just-bitten look. You can also go with a translucent wash of color like the cult-classic Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey for a natural "my lips but darker" hue or the newly-released Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Fig for a subtle dark hue with shimmer.
  7. Don’t forget to check your teeth before leaving the house. ;)
  8. Just pick a shade you love, and wear it with confidence!


30-Day Dark Lip Challenge!

Join us and post a pic of yourself (or simply comment if you're camera-shy) wearing a different dark lipstick everyday (starting whenever you can + 30 days or for as long as you can). This would allow us to rotate our vampy lip shades and perhaps (re)discover other shades in our own or another member's stash.
If there's enough interest/participation, there might even be a prize! :yay:


So... what shade of dark lipstick are you lovin’ right now? Do you have any tips for pulling off a dark lip? Let us know in the comments below!
 
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katred

Specktra Bestie
I wait for this time of year because I love me some dark lippies! Nice to see Ellis Faas included in a couple of groups, because I think she has a very underrated brand.

Some of my personal favourites include:

Rouge d'Armani 611
Armani Ecstasy Lacquer 200 "Night Berry"
Urban Decay Matte Revolution "Blackmail" (about as dark as you can get without actually going to a black lipstick)
Nars Audacious Lipstick "Bette" or "Charlotte"
Le Metier de Beauté "Bali" (more burgundy) and "Kona" (more purple)

I have a pretty substantial vampy lip collection, but I can still the difference between each of my babies...
 

Trashcult

New member
I love Black Metal Dahlia from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics! It's the only color I want to wear right now!
 

Medgal07

New member
​We need to combine threads!!!! Or at best, post pics etc in both this and the Theme Makeup thread instead of duplicating effort. Perhaps we can share some suitable eye looks too to go with the vampy lips----something of a challenge for me when I wear a vampy lip. I usually go neutral or gold, as in MAC's Riri Hearts MAC collection---Her Cocoa quad. I would love to know what eye looks everyone prefers with vampy lips. Although I'm wearing a nude today----I'm vamping at heart. Lately I'm addicted to Christian Louboutin, Djalouzi and Very Privé. From Chanel I'm loving Rouge Noir from the 2015 Holiday collection and Tom Ford's Black Dahlia and Bruised Plum. On the Brown side I'm into Chanel Foudroyant, a pearlescent chocolate that looks so amazing with Chanel Rouge Allure Colour & Shine Audace 20. That combo was practically a uniform for me last year. Lately on the brown side I'm enjoying Armani Ecstasy Lacquer, Leather (Brown) #201. Another liquid lipstick of sorts that has my attention is Guerlain Rouge G L' Extrait Lip colour, Orguiel, an amazing burgundy shade. On the berry side I have to say Christian Louboutin, Miss Clichy, a really nice raspberry. If we're also including dark reds I have to pick NARS Charlotte from the audacious line, and a lippie that I got just yesterday, Armani Lip Maestro, #406, Orient---just beautiful!!!!
 

mkoparanova

Active member
​We need to combine threads!!!! Or at best, post pics etc in both this and the Theme Makeup thread instead of duplicating effort. Perhaps we can share some suitable eye looks too to go with the vampy lips----something of a challenge for me when I wear a vampy lip. I usually go neutral or gold, as in MAC's Riri Hearts MAC collection---Her Cocoa quad. I would love to know what eye looks everyone prefers with vampy lips. Although I'm wearing a nude today----I'm vamping at heart. Lately I'm addicted to Christian Louboutin, Djalouzi and Very Privé. From Chanel I'm loving Rouge Noir from the 2015 Holiday collection and Tom Ford's Black Dahlia and Bruised Plum. On the Brown side I'm into Chanel Foudroyant, a pearlescent chocolate that looks so amazing with Chanel Rouge Allure Colour & Shine Audace 20. That combo was practically a uniform for me last year. Lately on the brown side I'm enjoying Armani Ecstasy Lacquer, Leather (Brown) #201. Another liquid lipstick of sorts that has my attention is Guerlain Rouge G L' Extrait Lip colour, Orguiel, an amazing burgundy shade. On the berry side I have to say Christian Louboutin, Miss Clichy, a really nice raspberry. If we're also including dark reds I have to pick NARS Charlotte from the audacious line, and a lippie that I got just yesterday, Armani Lip Maestro, #406, Orient---just beautiful!!!!
Great idea Meddy! I thought about the theme thread too.
If I'm wearing dark lipstick during the day, I combine it with eyeliner and a bit of neutral brown in the crease. When I'm going out, I wear it mostly with taupe shades and maybe some burgundy. Last Friday I wore Dark purple with Signe Particulier and I loved it!
 

Marsha Pomells

Active member
I love Black Metal Dahlia from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics! It's the only color I want to wear right now!
I haven't tried mine out, since purchasing it in the summer. That includes Technopagan, and a few others.

​We need to combine threads!!!! Or at best, post pics etc in both this and the Theme Makeup thread instead of duplicating effort. Perhaps we can share some suitable eye looks too to go with the vampy lips----something of a challenge for me when I wear a vampy lip. I usually go neutral or gold, as in MAC's Riri Hearts MAC collection---Her Cocoa quad. I would love to know what eye looks everyone prefers with vampy lips. Although I'm wearing a nude today----I'm vamping at heart. Lately I'm addicted to Christian Louboutin, Djalouzi and Very Privé. From Chanel I'm loving Rouge Noir from the 2015 Holiday collection and Tom Ford's Black Dahlia and Bruised Plum. On the Brown side I'm into Chanel Foudroyant, a pearlescent chocolate that looks so amazing with Chanel Rouge Allure Colour & Shine Audace 20. That combo was practically a uniform for me last year. Lately on the brown side I'm enjoying Armani Ecstasy Lacquer, Leather (Brown) #201. Another liquid lipstick of sorts that has my attention is Guerlain Rouge G L' Extrait Lip colour, Orguiel, an amazing burgundy shade. On the berry side I have to say Christian Louboutin, Miss Clichy, a really nice raspberry. If we're also including dark reds I have to pick NARS Charlotte from the audacious line, and a lippie that I got just yesterday, Armani Lip Maestro, #406, Orient---just beautiful!!!!
Agreed, Meddy. I've got a few minimal eye looks that'll go hand in hand with the bold vamp lip.
 

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