Embrace the Dark Side

Dark Lips For Fall

Photo courtesy of vogue.com

Okay ladies, it is officially time to tuck away those pastel, punchy colors of summer and bring on the dark! This season is full of dark lipsticks and glosses to compliment your overcoat and pumpkin spice latte, so say farewell to those pinks and peaches and hello to shades twice bitten and full of vamp inspired glam!

If you shy away from red but still want a strong, bold shade then burgundy may be just the right fit for you. Stick to the darker shades of burgundy versus those with a lighter, purple tint. We love Lancôme’s Sensational Effects Lipcolor in the shade, “Pretty Burgundy”. If you prefer your lip look on the glossy side, try the shade, “Blackheart Burgundy” from Hot Topic.

The reds of fall are far darker and deeper in shade than those of the spring and summer. Think of a color similar to a good Merlot and you’re on the right track to being on trend. For this look, we love Kevyn Aucoin’s The Expert Lipcolor in the shade, “Bloodroses”. A great gloss alternative is M.A.C.’s Tinted Lipglass in the shade, “Utterly Tart”.

That’s right; a touch of the 90’s has resurfaced! Brown lip shades are back for fall and this season, the deeper the shade the better. For this look, our choice is M.A.C.’s Lipstick in the shade, “Subverted”. For a high shine switch, try M.A.C.’s Tinted Lipglass in the shade, “Chestnut”.

Remember ladies, lip color this bold means everything else about your look should stay fairly neutral. Pairing these lips with a super smoky eye or bright colored cheeks will send you on a one-way road to scary town, so stick to beige and taupe shadows with light bronzer or faded pinks and plums for cheeks. While the dark lip is the perfect nighttime alternative to the smoky eye, it can also be worn during the day, so from business suit to party dress, you’re good to go with just a swipe of bold color!


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