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Be brave with black lipstick

Be brave with black lipstick

It may not be Halloween, but that doesn't mean you can't wear black lipstick. You can pull off this daring beauty trend with ease if you have the confidence… just follow these tips on how to make it work.

You won't be able to find a black lip liner, and we don't recommend reaching for a kohl eyeliner as an alternative. Instead, pick up a clear liner like MUA Lip Liner - Clear or Rimmel London Moisture Renew 001 Universal Transparent Lipliner. Outline your lips to ensure the deep shade won't run, highlighting your cupid's bow in the process for clear definition. Make sure you're applying it to hydrated lips as well - as dark colours tend to draw attention to chapping more than lighter tones.

The most important step is picking a shade that works for you. Yes, you want to make a statement by going for a full-on, block black, but if you have super pale skin it may not actually look flattering. If you're not comfortable with black, opt for dark purples or super-deep reds as an alternative - these are good options to ease you in. Jet black lovers, try Ben Nye Pro Lipstick - 17 Black, deep purples go for Mac Matte Lipstick in Instigator and red enthusiasts should give NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Empress a go. Apply carefully with a brush for a neat finish that really captures the shape.

What finish do you want - matte or glossy? And will it last? Be wary of your lipstick fading or rubbing onto your teeth, and try and find a long-lasting lipstick that won't let you down. If you fancy mixing things up with a shiny finish, pick a dark gloss as a clear one will take away the dramatic feel of the powerful pout.

And whatever you do, don't go all out with your eyes too. With dark lips, any other bold features will either detract attention or clash. A small slick of black eyeliner will complement, but avoid anything more dramatic.

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