Wine-stained lips? Yes, it’s a thing and right on-trend for 2019! Whether you have a light, medium or dark complexion, full and luscious lips or a slimmer pair, there’s a way to wear lipstick colours a wine hue or two darker than you are used to - no matter what the traditionalists say.
Today’s wine-colour lipstick shades range from deep cherry to aubergine, merlot-inspired and sultry deep red, and just happen to look good on a variety of skin tones and lip sizes. But in order to avoid looking like a long-lost Indie band member, it’s important to experiment with different shades and intensity to find what’s right for you.
For now, here’s a simple guide on how to rock these popular dark lipstick colours:
Wine-stained lips for a fair complexion
If you’re of a fairer skin tone, you’re in luck. There are a variety of wine red lipstick shades to suit your skin tone. If you’re looking for a more toned down version of this statement lip look, start with a neutral red or berry shade such as the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick in Merlot. Want to vamp it up? Go for a darker plum shade which works to highlight those pearly whites and the whites of your eyes.
Wine-stained lips for a medium complexion
For ladies with a naturally olive skin undertone, you’ll be able to carry off wine-stained lips with a little more depth. Darker shades, such as burgundy or maroon colour lipstick, flatter warmer-toned women but be sure to stay away from shades with a brown or golden undertone, as this can wash your lips out! The Lancôme Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick in Deep Red or Berry ‘n Clyde is our top pick for you.
Wine-stained lips for a dark complexion
Wine-stained lips on darker-toned ladies is a beautiful combination because of how seamlessly these darker shade lipsticks blend with your natural skin tone. Some of the best shades to go for include deep reds, such as the Urban Decay Mega Matt Vice Lipstick in Hex, blackberry tones and dark plum. The darker your skin tone, the more a brown undertone lipstick will suit you.
A top tip for dark lipstick application?
Apply with the tip of your finger for a more natural, softer look, or apply straight from the lipstick tube, but blot away any excess to avoid lipstick smudging! To make for a smoother application for matte lipsticks, apply a light layer of lip balm beforehand, then your go-to wine-inspired lipstick shade.