For fall/winter 2016/17, the beauty product that was thought to be reserved solely for nights out and paired with glamorous gowns is making its way into your daytime beauty routine, helping you with your everyday look. What is it, you ask? The most prominent beauty trend on fall runways: dark lipstick. Dark shades of plum, black, brown, and red have been popping up everywhere as of late, from runways to red carpets and everywhere in-between. Meaning, it's time to give the classic evening beauty product a new purpose.
Think about it: a vibrant shade of lipstick has the power to pull your entire look together, especially when you're tired and too lazy to perform complex contouring techniques and eyeshadow blends in the morning. So why not use it as a way to look sophisticated and put-together for your day ahead? The one problem with dark lipstick in the daylight? If worn incorrectly, it can look too cake-y and even slightly gothic (in other words, totally inappropriate for work!).
That's why Get The Look is giving you 4 tips for wearing one of fall 2016's hottest makeup trends during the day.
MAKEUP: HOW TO WEAR DARK LIPSTICK DURING THE DAY
MINIMAL EYE MAKEUP
When wearing dark lipstick to work (or wherever your day may take you), it's important to stick to the lips, leaving the rest of your features almost bare. This will keep your look subtle and simple, and prevent you from looking too out-of-place. So, next time you apply your fave shade of dark lipstick, keep your eye makeup to a minimum, applying only a swipe of mascara on your upper and lower lashes, and a hint of neutral or light (very light) beige or brown shadow – if you must!
The same goes for your complexion – keep it fresh and simple when wearing dark lipstick to avoid looking too overdone and cake-y. To keep a fresh face, start your daily routine with a bit of moisturizer on your skin, and continue with a small dose of liquid foundation or BB cream to unify your base or hide problem areas. Finish off with a hint of pink blush on the apples of your cheeks and the tip of your nose to create a fresh, rosy look that's perfect for the day-time (and will compliment your dark pout perfectly!).
Often times, dark lipstick can look too harsh when applied in an even layer on the lips (depending on the colour!). So, if you're going for a super dark shade of plum, brown or raspberry red, opt for the lip contouring technique instead. To do this, you'll need two different shades of the same colour lipstick. Once you have your two shades, apply the darker shade on your lips first, then follow up with the lighter shade, placing a dot of colour in the middle area of your upper and lower lip. This will create contrast and lighten up the darker shade – not to mention, it will make your pout appear fuller and larger!
When it comes to choosing the perfect hairstyle to go with your lipstick, remember that less is always more. If you curl your hair into glamorous red carpet-worthy waves or pull it up into a sleek up-do, it will make you seem out of place and over-dressed when paired with dark lips. So, it's best to leave your hair natural and undone (think loose, beach-y waves or a low bun) to keep the balance.