The best dark lipsticks for every skin tone

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  • Thursday, September 13, 2018
The best dark lipsticks for every skin tone
The best dark lipsticks for every skin tone

A dark lip is the best secret weapon a girl can have on hand for occasions that call for it. It makes you feel edgy and makes for a bold statement – even on darker skin tones! Here’s how to choose the right dark lipstick for your specific hue.


Fair skin

Your milky skin has the best contrast against dark lipsticks. Your cool blue undertones suit dark purple shades in berry and plum best, because they’re made from blue-based pigments. When you’re ready to go dark, try Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Blissful Berry, a sinfully dark purple that’ll pop beautifully against your fair skin.  

Medium skin

Your tanned, olive or sun-kissed skin looks spectacular with dark brown lipsticks. Dark brown hues suit warm yellow undertones best. If you’re a sucker for dark and matte, try Urban Decay Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in Disturbed, a rich and dark mahogany colour. It may be dark, but the warm look it creates on olive skin is absolutely dreamy.

Dark skin

Having combination or neutral undertones gives you the most options. You can choose to go dark with purple, brown and even black, but we suggest opting for deeper, darker shades of red for true contrast. Deep red shades complement brown skin and adds brightness to the complexion. To get the look, try NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo – a deep cranberry red bright enough to show up on your skin while still giving you that dark lip look. 
If you still can’t find the appropriate dark lipstick to suit your skin, find out what your undertones are and use the information as a guide. Don’t be shy about asking the assistants at your local makeup counter either! They’re there to help, after all, and can guide you to the perfect dark lipstick for your complexion.

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