While the beauty community keeps shape shifting and transforming, one thing is clear, dark lipstick is here to stay. What better way to showcase your inner temptress and commune with your coven, than to rock a black cherry lip? However, in order to achieve the dark goddess look, there are a few things you need to know. So put down that merlot shade lip stain and grab a pencil! Here are some tips on how to wear dark lipstick like a pro, as well as the must know do’s and don’ts, so that you can slay instead of slump.

Smooth your surface

Dark lipstick shades can be testy. Even the most premium of brands can sometimes leave you with patchy and dry lips. We’ve all been there! The best way to insure that you are getting the best color payoff from your lippie is to prime the surface first. Most lipstick brands offer amazing lip scrubs and exfoliates but those can run a pretty penny. So, why not make your own? All you need is some raw sugar, honey and coconut oil. Turn your ingredients to a nice thick paste and rub in circular motions on your lips. Watch as the dead and dry skin on your lips disappears, leaving you with a perfectly smooth surface for any dark lipstick.

Dry those lips

While moist and plumped lips are what every girl hopes to achieve, when it comes to dark lipstick, keep the moisture at bay. This is especially true if you are planning on using a matte lipstick. This may seem counterintuitive, because matte lippies can be so drying, but there is method to our madness. After you scrub your lips, apply a thick lip balm and go about finishing the rest of your makeup. By the time your eyeliner is done, your lips will have absorbed most of the moisture from the balm. Remove the balm and all moisture completely from your lips before applying lipstick.  This will help give the lipstick a perfect surface to cling to, which will make it last longer.   

Compliment your skin tone

Complimenting your skin tone is another important tip on how to wear dark lipstick like a pro. Choose the best dark lipstick shade, depending on how deep or light your skin tone is. While blue toned lipsticks look great for deeper shades, they can really wash out pale ladies. Lighter skin tones can really benefit from a deep red or cherry shade. A great lipstick option for all skin tones is one that has an orange undertone. If you are a more olive tone, look for dark plum and merlot shaded lipsticks.

Balance it out

A common mistake made when rocking the dark lipstick is pairing it with a dark smoked out eye. If you are going for the all over gothic look, then do it! But, if you are looking for a more wearable look that can transition from day to night, balance it out. One of good tips on how to wear dark lipstick like a pro is to opt for a clean sweep of flesh toned shadow over the lid with a pop of highlight in the inner corner. Don’t forget to layer on the mascara. Simple eye makeup is the best way to showcase those long and luscious lashes. Once your eyes are toned down, feel free to go as wild as you want with that bold lip choice.

Use a lip brush

Next tip on how to wear dark lipstick like a queen is to use a lip brush. We have all had that most of crisis while applying dark lipstick. We get that bottom lip perfectly shaped and filled and right when we hit the bow of our lip, everything goes wrong. This is even harder for those ladies with a prominently smaller top lip. However, there is one tool in your beauty collection that can be your best friend when applying dark lipstick. This tool is a lip brush. If you are like us and always by the newest set of brushes, chances are you will have one of these handy brushes in your kit already. The super defines tip will not only give you accuracy but much more control.

Top it off!

For most of last year, the beauty community was all about matte and flat finished lip looks. But, this year is bringing back the shine and glitter. While you shouldn’t top off your dark lip look with a gloss, there are some other more magical options. Glittery lip finishers are all the rage right now. There are not the chunky glitters that you used to rock in middle school either. The finely milled shimmer adds a touch of dimension and shine to your lips that only pump up the glam, when it hits the light.

Clean it up

Face it, dark lipstick can be messy. However, there are a few steps you can take to help keep your dark lip in place longer. One of makeup artist’s tips on how to wear dark lipstick is to clean it up nicely. First, once you have your lipstick applied and shaped, use some concealer to clean up the edges. This will not only give you a cleaner look but will help to keep the lipstick from feathering out throughout the day. Next, take a piece of tissue paper and place it over your lips. Making sure not to press too hard, so you don’t move the lipstick, gently pat some translucent powder over the tissue paper. This will set the lipstick so that it won’t be running off your lips at the first sign of heat.

Hold your head up high

No matter how long you spend achieving the perfect lip shape, it means nothing without the confidence to back it up. Dark lipstick is a showstopper and is sure to turn those heads a full 180 degrees. So hold your head up high and let your lipstick do the rest of the work for you. You got this!

Get to work

Next time you think that you can rock that black cherry lippie without missing a step, know that you absolutely can. When you know the do’s and don’ts of pulling of the dark goddess look, there is no lip color that you can’t conquer. Just remember that like most things, dark lipstick takes some getting used to. While you may find that your first venture out with jet black lips doesn’t go much further than your front steps before grabbing a makeup wipe, with the right patience and practice there is no place that you can’t go.

Do you have other tips on how to wear dark lipstick?

Stay beautiful!