How to Wear Dark Plum or Dark Berry Lipstick

From the Editor's Inbox: How Do I Wear Dark Lipstick This Winter?

"I love the dark lipstick trend for Winter for I have no idea how to wear it! It seems really hard to pull off, and kind of scary. Any tips for a bold lip newbie?" — Lauren

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Dear Lauren,

I'm so glad you asked me about dark lipstick! I currently have a few on high rotation, and the trend is very, very big at the moment. Like all bold lipstick hues, there's a real commitment involved. That said, if you find the right texture and consistency, wearing lipstick is really very fun.

Start by prepping your lips with some gentle lip exfoliation, and then go on with something moisturising like a plain balm or lip conditioner. I like Make Up Store Australia Lip Care Mix ($35). Leave this to sink in while you do the rest of your makeup. Tip: If your lips are cracked or dry, I’d avoid any bold lipstick until they’re in better shape.

When your newly moisturised lips are ready, apply your favourite plum, purple or berry lipstick. If you’re going for a matte lipstick, try to find a complementary lip liner and fill in your entire lips with this first. Apply one coat of lipstick, blot, then apply again. This should give you some serious staying power.

If you’re opting for a gloss or coloured balm, the process is a little more straight-forward. Just swipe it on and go. Stains can be a little tricky but again, moisturising first is key.

The most complementary shade of eyeshadow to wear with dark lipstick is taupe. You don’t want to go too heavy on the eyes as a dark lip is supposed to be the moment on your face, so don’t crowd things! A clean swipe of mascara and some bronzer will do the trick, and simply add bronze eyeshadow into the very middle section of your eyelid to take it into an evening look. — Alison, POPSUGAR health and beauty editor

From left: Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick in 107 ($12.95), Australis Go Long Longwear Lipstick in Glam ($12.95), Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Matte Lip Colour in Antoinette ($40).

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