Trend to try: Vampy lipstick
With Halloween just around the corner, the fastest way to get into the spooky mood is with a dark, vampire-inspired lipstick.
While the idea of wearing dramatic shades of lipstick may seem intimidating, if you are ready to try more vampy shades, the look is very achievable with some careful preparation.
Firstly, prime your lips by exfoliating away any dry skin with a toothbrush or gentle scrub before adding a layer of colourless lip balm, such as Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter, to ensure you have an even surface to apply the colour.
It’s 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 MAC’s Boldly Bare Liner, or a shade that matches your lipstick, trace around the border of your lips and then continue to fill in.
Now to the fun part – choosing a lipstick! If you’re interested in going for a full-on Goth look, as seen on models at Rihanna’s recent Fenty x Puma show, try Urban Decay’s Comfort Matte Lipstick in Perversion. This deep black has a very fine shimmer-sheen and lightly creamy texture, which applies nice and smoothly.
If the thought of black lipstick sends shivers down your spine, opt for a dark plum for a similar effect. For instance, Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipstick in 330 Amethyst or Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry are great options, as they give pouts a cool rouge-noir stain which is perfect for the fall months.
Or go for a light-weight version of the trend with darkly hued lipgloss. Chanel’s Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction, a deep plum, or the newly released MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Flair, a stunning wine red, are both great buys.
To actually apply the lipstick, make sure that your lips are taut to ensure the pigment is deposited all over and appears even when you smile. Then blot off some of the product by gently pressing a piece of tissue against your lips without smudging. Dab on one more layer so that the colour will last as long as possible.
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.