In the beauty world, dark lipstick is a must once fall rolls around. Whether it's a ruddy brown, cool red or a deep wine – the deeper and more opaque, the better. But these shades can be off-putting to try under the fluorescent drugstore lights. What kind of eyeshadow and blush do you pair with almost-black lips? How do you know if the colour clashes with your skin tone or is just a bold move you need to get familiar with?
Luckily, Hollywood stars are showing us the way. Over the past few weeks, celebrities have been popping up left and right wearing all manner of moody hues and looking great doing it. They're proof that whether you're a seasoned pro or a dark-lipstick virgin, there's a shade out there that will make you look insanely cool. Read on to find out which of our favourite stars are taking on the trend, along with the best shades for yourself!
When you're ready to take the plunge and go super dark, a black cherry, like the one Shay Mitchell is wearing, is the perfect option. This shade looks great on women with darker, olive skin tones and dark hair. Glam it up with a medium brown shadow on your entire lid (along with the lower lash line) then add a volumizing mascara into the mix to finish it off.
L'Oreal muse Barbara Palvin's dark wine shade proves that you can easily replace your ruby red come winter. This shade is a great statement-making look on its own, so need for the heavy high makeup and shadow. Simply shape your brows, sweep on one layer of mascara, and create a flawless matte complexion using a matte foundation and loose translucent powder.
Late last month, Katy Perry stepped out wearing an all-white ensemble (who says you can't wear white after labour day?), a slicked back hairstyle and a gorgeous set of rust red lipstick. We love this rustic red on her pale complexion! Pair it with a matte complexion, swipe of peach or brown blush or bronzing powder on your cheeks, and a rustic red shadow that will enhance your pout! Finish off with a volumizing mascara for the ultimate glam look!
If you aren't into super dark shades – or aren't ready to dive into that territory just yet – opt for a lighter raspberry red like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's. Her lips have just the right amount of shine and diffused colour – like she blotted the lipstick once, then swiped on a balm. This shade is great for women with lighter hair and complexions that prefer a look that isn't so harsh. Compliment it with a white shimmery shadow on your lids and a touch of mascara.
While the winter season often calls for matte and semi-matte textured lipsticks, Alessandra Ambrosio challenged the beauty rule with a glossy, oxblood lipstick at the 23rd annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards in October. Like Katy Perry, she made the colour standout by pairing it next to an all-white jumpsuit. Compliment glossy red lips with a touch of blush on the apples of your cheeks, a light brown shadow base on your lids, a warm, bronzed complexion and a touch of mascara.