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How to Wear a Dark, Vampy Lipstick

The Dos and Don'ts of Acing the Moody Lip Trend

While dark, moody lipstick is always a popular look, this season more women are warming up to the dramatic trend. Celebrities have been popping up along the red carpet sporting berry- and wine-hued lipsticks, and they've paired them with everything from subtly smoky eye shadow to sexy winged eyeliner. Since there are so many shades that fall within the "dark lip" spectrum, this look is surprisingly simple to pull off. Check out the dos and don'ts of the moody lip:

  • Do keep your face simple: Deep lipstick shades conflict with heavy bronzer and blush, so make sure to keep those to a minimum. Conceal, apply a light line of bronzer from the top of your ear to the bottom of your lip, and then dust on a touch of blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  • Don't be afraid of dark eye makeup: Celebrities have been spotted wearing the moody lip with dark eyeliner, and this lipstick hue actually complements dark eye shadow. Go full-on dramatic with a smoky eye, or pair it with a thin liner for daytime — like Lara Bingle.
  • Do use lip liner: This will help your lipstick stay put. Line the perimeter of your lips as usual with a similarly shaded lipstick. Then, use the liner to fill in about halfway down both your top and bottom lips before swiping on your lipstick.
  • Don't skimp on concealer: If you stuff-up your lip liner or lipstick, don't try to wipe it off — it will only smear it and make it worse. Instead, use a concealer brush and some concealer to cover up any mistakes. Swiping the concealer on around your lips will also help define them, drawing more attention to your vampy lip colour.
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