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Want to wear dark berry, plum and other dark lipstick shades but you fear that they will make you look awful? here are some tips.

Bold Lips/Minimal Eyes & Makeup:

The key to pulling off this look is to play up the lips and create a minimal eye and makeup look.

To wear a very dark lip, do a subtle eye, nicely defined with eyeliner, using neutral eye shadow shades to leave the emphasis on the lips. If you go with a smoky eye, make it a softer look with grays or browns. Go easy on the blush.

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For a more natural Look:-

Flawless Lips:

These bold deep shades are definitely attention getters. For your lips to look great in dark shades, they need to be smooth. If your lips tend to be dry, remember to exfoliate them to remove dead skin and take other steps to make your lips soft and flawless.

If your lips are chapped or dry, dark shades will settle into lines and cracks. Another tip for dry lips: Consider using a gloss or high shine formula instead of matte, or smooth a layer of gloss over a matte lip for more shine.

Make sure to use a flesh-colored lip primer or a concealer or foundation that matches your skin tone. Apply a thin layer before applying lip color.

Follow with a layer of lipstick. Blot with tissue paper and use a matching liner to define the edges. Make sure that your lips are totally covered and that your natural lip color does not peek through in areas, which will make your lips look unfinished.

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Day or Evening Wear?

Deep plums, wines and berries look great and natural on dark skin tones and can be stunning during the day. But you might want to save these deep, dark shades for the evening if you have a light skin tone where the effect might be a bit jolting.

Black and dark eggplant lipstick might not give you the reaction you’d like at the office. So it all depends on where and for what occasion you will be wearing this look.

Glamorous Evening Makeup Looks:

Clothing Tip:

Consider toning down clothing to more neutral colors as well.

Also Consider Your Hair Color

Though it’s a matter of taste, the darker shades tend to look better on brunettes.


Many of these shades have cool undertones and are better suited for cool and neutral skin tones. If you have a warm skin tone, try a shade with yellow undertones. Just bare in mind that dark shades with yellow undertones can bring out yellow or discolorations in teeth. Blue undertones make the teeth look whiter.

Keep these mind and wear dark lip shades with loads of confidence!


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