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How to Pull Off Dark Lipstick? | Makeup Guide to Well-Defined Goth Lip Look

close-up of womans face with a black lip look

You can never go wrong with wearing a dark, haunting lip look. No matter what fashion critics have to say, dark lip makeup looks absolutely gorgeous on every skin complexion and absolutely anyone can pull off this daring makeup trend. The only major secret here is to find an ideal dark lipstick shade, which will ideally fit your inner vibe, the occasion, and, of course, your skin tone. Today we are going to find out everything you wanted to know about dark lipstick, discover how to evenly apply it to your lips, and much more!

How to Choose Dark Lipstick?

Well, first of all, let's discover what is the best dark lip color for your complexion. Girls with fair skin tones usually look the best with intense berry shades. Don't be shy about wearing very dark colors on your lips, vampires are always trendy! I love wearing dark and bold lipstick combined with bushy eyebrows and minimal to no makeup on my eyes. 

If you have warm undertones in your skin opt out for warm-toned lip colors like bold brick-red lipstick and true red. And if your skin has cool tones, colors like purple will look better on you. Ladies with medium and tanned skin tones should definitely try to wear plum or dark grape color on their lips, dark red also goes well with this skin tone. If you have a deep skin complexion go for dark chocolate, ripe plum, and magenta shades.

blonde woman with a dark red lip makeup

Nocturnal Blackness is a Key

I know, this might sound unbelievable, but black lipstick color is very versatile and anyone can effortlessly wear it. The ideal black lipstick should be opaque with only one thin layer. Creamy formulations should glide easily on your lips, like a charm, while matte black lipstick should feel comfortable on the lips. Combine with classic winged eyeliner, flawless foundation, and subtle highlights, black lipstick completes one of the most insolent, yet wonderfully sophisticated makeup looks. You should definitely try it out one day!

close-up of a pale woman's face and a process of black lipstick application

How to Flawlessly Apply Dark Lipstick?

Well-defined dark lips are the dream look for many makeup lovers. But how do you actually apply dark colors with such irreproachable precision? Believe me, it is not as hard as it seems at first. Practice makes perfect, of course, but you'll easily learn this lesson and will have no issues with any dark lip color in the future. 

Firstly, exfoliate and moisturize your lips' skin – an even and smooth surface is mandatory for flawless application. You can use a bit of vaseline and sugar to scrub your lips and your favorite lip balm to keep them nourished and moisturized. The next step is to give your lips a desirable precise shape. Use a well-sharpened matte lip liner in a similar color to shape your lips and fill them in with color. When finished, apply the dark lipstick on the top of the lip liner. Use a special synthetic brush for better precision. 

Now when you have your dark lip liner and dark lipstick on it is time to pay some attention to the edges of your lips. Use a clean synthetic brush for a tiny amount of your foundation or concealer and clean up any uneven edges and messy corners. Keep your hand steady and carefully outline your lips once again. As a result, you'll get a perfect, well-defined dark lip look. This method works great with vivid lip colors as well.

blonde girl is wearing dark violet lipstick

How to Wear Dark Lip Look?

Evidently, pairing intense lips makeup with very dark eye makeup, like this gorgeous Gothic smokey eye look is not the best idea. To look good you always need to keep your makeup well-balanced. Avoid wearing black and dark eyeshadow colors together with dark lipstick and keep your foundation natural. Stay away from harsh contouring, instead go for a subtle highlighter. Dewy highlighter placed on the highest points of your face will add dimension to your look, creating an appealing youthful effect. 
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