Noir lipstick tips
Whether it be dark berry tints or obsidian matte black, dark-coloured lipstick remains a key beauty trend this season.
Featuring heavily on the New York Fashion Week runways, many designers had their models’ lips painted with striking murky shades of lipstick when parading dramatic spring collections down the catwalk.
Underscoring the gothic influences of his collection, Marc Jacobs had his models wear matte black lipstick, while Rodarte chose rouge-noir stains to complement their romantic style.
And while the idea of wearing darker shades of lipstick may seem quite intimidating, if you are ready to try more vampy shades, the look is very achievable with some careful preparation.
Here are some top tips for embracing this trend:
Preparation is key
Firstly, prime your lips by exfoliating away any dry skin with a toothbrush or gentle scrub. Dark lipstick will look patchy on dry lips, so ensure you have an even surface to apply the colour.
Darker lipstick colours and matte formulas also tend to be more drying than paler shades, so to help stop your lips becoming flaky, apply a layer of lip balm, such as ChapStick Original, to create a barrier between the lips and the pigment. It’s best to avoid using a lip gloss as this may affect the texture and staying power of your lipstick.
Further, is also critical to line your lips when wearing dark lip colours, as if a dark shade bleeds outside the lip line it will be very visible. Using a natural coloured lip liner, like NARS’ Velvet Liner in the dusky rose Karekare, or a shade that matches your lipstick, trace around the border of your lips and then continue to fill them in with the same lip pencil. This means that even if your lipstick fades, it shouldn’t be too obvious.
Now, to actually apply the lipstick, ensure that your lips are taut in order to ensure that the pigment is deposited all over and appears even when you smile. Then blot off some of the lipstick by gently pressing a piece of tissue against your lips without smudging. Gently dab on one more layer so that the colour will last as long as possible.
Remember, you can always start with sheerer options, such as Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and add layers to achieve a more intense look. If you’re feeling daring - reach for M·A·C’s Black Knight lipstick - it's an intense inky black colour which features red and gold flecks.
Be ready for your close-up
Finally, avoid making a fashion faux pas by checking the mirror. Nothing is worse than dark lipstick on pearly whites. And perhaps most importantly, let your lips do the talking! Keep the rest of your make-up natural by adding a sweep of natural toned bronzer and a swipe of mascara.