The Best Dark Lipstick for Every Skin Tone

We all know and love a classic red lipstick. This fall and winter season, however, a new crop of ultra-dark and deep vampy hues are all the rage. Though the dark vibes are not for the faint hearted, dark wines and shades of brown give a bad gal edge and make just a big of an impact as your classic and traditional reds. There are some rules to remember to pull the dark lipstick though. First off, opt for lipsticks that are more matte than shiny–finding the right balance between the two. There are, however, exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, darker lip colors can make small lip shapes look even smaller. In this case, it would be better to apply a gloss in the center of the lips to give them a more fuller look. Another thing, certain shades of dark may not flatter your complexion. Here is the breakdown of the best dark lip colors that are best suited for every complexion:

  1. If your skin is on the fairer side, then darker lipsticks will make the biggest contrast against your skin. It is also important to note your undertones in this situation. So if you have a cool undertone, then opt for rich berry shades with blue bases. If you have warm undertones, go with the rich berry but something more yellow-based. For those of you that are unsure and have more of a neutral tone, a deep hue with slight brown hints is a sure bet. Try the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine.
  2. If you’ve got light to medium skin, then you tend to be on the neutral or warm side. That means you’ve got a bit more of a broader range to choose from. Berry-wine tones would be a safe bet, but super-rich violets and deep brick hues would be just as flattering. Overall, stick to the reddish browns and plums. Try L’Oreal Color RIche Matte Lipstick in Mon Jules.
  3. For those of us with tan to olive complexions, brown-based shades prove to be the most flattering. Opt for the deep maroons. Your best bet is to stick with a deep maroon hue, but you could also try a mulberry or dark plum shade. They are safe, but look absolutely stunning on. Try NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama.
  4. If you’ve got darker skin, then you can get away with rocking much bolder colors. Remember, however, that the same rules of abiding by your undertones still apply. You always want to end up with a shade that is much more flattering on. So, the warmer you skin tone, the more brown and orange you can wear in your lipstick. Cooler tones should go for more blue-based red and purple shades. Try Rimmel the Only One Lipstick in Oh So Wicked.

Although I went through this entire process of breaking down what shade of dark goes best with your particular skin tone, many of the shades work for every single skin tone. It’s more about what feels or looks good on you. You just know when you’ve picked the right shade.

If you are ready to experiment and rock whichever shade of dark you feel most confident in, go online and checkout during the Black Friday Sale to cop your best shade of dark! There are a range of dark shades to accommodate for every skin tone. Don’t miss out on all the hype–winter is prime time for dark lipstick!

Alizeh Siddiqui
I’m a creative and adventurous fashion, beauty, and travel blogger who encourages individuals of all demographics to explore what the worlds of fashion, beauty, and travel have to offer–and to live your best life while doing it!
Alizeh Siddiqui

Alizeh Siddiqui

I'm a creative and adventurous fashion, beauty, and travel blogger who encourages individuals of all demographics to explore what the worlds of fashion, beauty, and travel have to offer--and to live your best life while doing it!

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