Divine dark lips
Lips are showing their dark side this season so pack away your nude lipstick.
There have been many bold make-up trends emerging recently and black lipstick is another statement look. Models for Tom Ford, Giles Deacon and Marc Jacobs proudly presented an array of dark colours from blood stained shades to heavily pigmented black stained glossy lips.
While it may sound rather daunting to paint your pout in such a dark hue, it can look super sophisticated if you keep the rest of your make-up simple.
“Probably the biggest trend in lipstick this season is the black lipstick, which has been seen on a lot of runways from New York to London,” Beth Margetts from the London Makeup School told Cover Media. “It’s not the easiest of trends to wear but team your black lip with moderate/minimal make-up to balance the look. You can use deep purples/burgundy shades which are easier to wear than black itself or take your favourite deep/dark lip colour and apply a black eyeliner underneath for the play it safe black lip.”
Beth warns that darker hues will make your mouth seem smaller, so consider the size and shape of your pout before you go gothic. If you’re still keen to try the trend but your mouth needs some plumping, apply lipstick just above your natural lip line to create the illusion of a fuller smile.
Lara Champion, Make-Up Artist at Ken Picton Salon, has some useful advice for anyone feeling unsure about pulling the look off.
“Alternatively a very dark red/black enables a softer wearable edge, however all dark colours definitely require a lip liner as precision is key to a perfect dark look,” Lara told Cover Media. “If this is still slightly too overpowering you could try and dilute the colour by mixing with a touch of clear gloss, matte textures can be a little too severe so a slightly watered down version will be more versatile and look good on anyone.
“Embracing black requires a fair amount of confidence, just as a dark glossy nail polish can look super chic and sophisticated so too can a dark lip.”
Lara insists well-groomed brows and a flawless complexion are a must for this trend. To avoid a harsh punk edge soften the look with a hint of bronzer or soft blush.