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How To Wear A Dark Lipstick: Two Different Styles

These are all the products I used for my face

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons. I love been able to wear warm and cozy clothes. Also, the weather is cold but not as cold as in winter, which means you are free to go outside without freezing. Moreover, I love autumn makeup. It’s the time of the year when you get to use as much warm browns and neutrals, even greens and berry colors. The best is dusting off your darkest lipsticks and using them again. Today wanted to share two different ways to style a dark lip, whether it’s for an evening occasion or for a day-to-day look. 

Eye and lip products used in the first look

Berry Lips

This first look is very simple. I love simple makeup looks because sometimes simple is better (and it saves you a lot of time). I think it can suit any occasion, nighttime or daytime. The key is knowing how to work your face makeup: foundation, contouring, highlighting and all that jazz.

First, I went for a dewy foundation to kind of achieve a hydrated and healthy looking skin. I used Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation in the shade 125 (which is a bit darker than my current tan-less skin). After taking my time to blend it all over my face with a foundation brush, I decided to contour. I used L.A Girl Pro Concealer in the shade Toffee. If I could choose another shade I would, because that one has an orange undertone that I’m not too keen about, but otherwise this product is pretty good. I used the same foundation brush to blend the contouring. I like to use the same brush because it helps achieve a natural look by mixing what’s left of the foundation in the brush with the other product. I worked it on my nose, cheek bones, edges of my forehead, and jaw to add definition to my face.

Next, I applied Essences Cosmetics Stay Natural Concealer in the shade Soft Honey under my eyes, center of my forehead, bridge of my nose, and cupids bow. Also, on a pesky little (not so little, to be honest) pimple on my forehead. This shade is much lighter than my skin tone, which works to cover up dark circles or break outs and to highlight areas of my face that would naturally be highlight. 

To set everything in place, I used Essence Cosmetics Mosaic Compact Powder in Sunkissed Beauty on all the areas that I applied my highlighter. This powder I usually use all over my face because it’s almost the same tone as my skin. Also, it has a bit of sparkles going on that give a healthy glow. It looks great at night when the light reflects on it.

To even accentuate the contouring a little more, I applied MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden all over where I had placed the L.A Girl Concealer. This bronzing powder is one of my favorites. I love it’s color, a beautiful warm brown with golden sparkles. It’s pigmented but very easy to blend.

For the final touches, before moving on to the eyes, I used L.A Girl Velvet Hi-Lite Contour Stick in Radiance, a pale shimmery baby pink cream highlighter. Not only was this product affordable, but also works great. It’s pigmented and very shimmery. It doesn’t fade away easily. I would say it's great for those who don’t want such overpowering highlight, but still want something going on. I placed it over the sides of my cheeks and over my temples.

Moving onto the eyes, I tried to keep them as natural as possible. First, I used MAC Prep + Prime in the shade Light. I set it with the compact powder I had previously used on my face. It’s important to set the primer so that it’s much easier placing the eyeshadows and blending them. 

While I gave time for the primer to set, I used Essence Cosmetics Eyebrow Stylist Set in Brunette Style.  I chose the darkest shade because I think the brows have to contrast and balance the dark lips. This product comes with a tiny angled brush that is perfect for giving shape to the brows by drawing small stroke motions. 

To add depth to the eyes, as natural looking as possible, I applied the bronzing powder I had used over de crease and outer “v” of the eye. Then, I applied the cream highlighter onto the inner corner of my eyes for a pop effect. I drew a very thin line, very close to the eyelashes, with Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black. Finally, I applied two coats of Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara in the color black. The first coat dyes my eyelashes black and the second coat helps make them look thicker.

Last, but not least, I pair everything with a dark lipstick. This look actually works with any shade, whether it’s a berry colored lipstick, blue, or even purple/black. I went for Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick, the Bold variety, in Midnight Merlot. I love this color! It’s such a beautiful creamy matte dark berry, with a reddish undertone. This product is super pigmented and long-lasting. The only issue with dark lipsticks is the moment of applying it onto the lips. One false movement and your face makeup might be ruined, as it is hard to clean a stain.

Eye and lip products used in the second look

Blue Lips

This second look, I thought would be best for an evening event, although the eyeshadow combination that I used wasn’t very dramatic. Since I was going to dedicate a post on dark lips, I wanted to go for something out of the ordinary, at least out of my comfort zone. Maybe I’m a bit “conservative” when it comes to makeup, but I’ve never gone out of my house wearing a very dark lipstick. I’ve always found myself safely within the berry color range. However, for this look I chose blue lips paired with a soft orange/coral eyeshadow look, something I think I could wear when going out . 

I kept the face makeup the same as in the previous look, mainly because I thought it would look great with this style as well. Thus, going straight into the eyes, I started off with the same bronzing powder I used in my face and applied it onto my crease as a transition color, sweeping the brush from side to side. Next, I used The Face Shop Trio Frads A Paupieres (Trio Eyeshadow) in Orange Nuance. I placed the coral eyeshadow (the one on the far right) all over the crease, slightly beneath the bronzer. This color is very pretty. It’s a velvet eyeshadow that blends smoothly. Afterwards, I used one of The Face Shop Single Eyeshadow. I don’t know which shade it is, but I think it’s number RD02, a matte reddish brick-like color. I applied it onto the crease, but only on the outer half, and the outer “v” to create depth. With my finger tip, I applied the middle shade of the trio eyeshadows, the soft velvet orange color, onto my eyelid. For the final touches, I used the left eyeshadow, a shimmery cream color, on the inner corner of my eyes and brow bone. I used the same cream eyeliner to draw a small cat eye, but looking at the photos I took, a dramatic wing could have been a better option. I applied the same mascara I used in the previous look to achieve full and thick eyelashes.

Finally, for my lips I used Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo, a navy blue matte lipstick. This lipsticks have been a game changer for me in the department of liquid lipsticks. Their formula is quit creamy and easy to apply. It dries fast, but without actually drying your lips so much. I applied two coats to get a darker look.

Forgot to add these products onto the other photos haha

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost!

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