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Thursday - 07/10/10 - 9:31am

Trend - Dark Lipsticks

It's no secret that the key lipstick trend for this season is the strong, dramatic dark lip, a look that was seen all over the catwalks, from shimmering deep reds at Givenchy to rich plums at Dolce and Gabbana and bruised purples at Proenza Schouler.

While these dark lips looked effortlessly gorgeous on the models, in everyday life it can be a difficult look to nail, especially for those of us who wouldn’t normally make much of a statement with our lip colour or those with thinner lips– the prospect of donning such a bold shade can be slightly daunting!

I've filmed a tutorial which will hopefully show you the easiest and most wearable way to achieve this statement look which I’ll be posting shortly, but for now I wanted to showcase a few of my current favourite dark lipsticks.You can see in the photo above I’ve swatched 6 of my favs, from L-R,

  1. Rimmel Lasting Finish in 123 True Vintage,
  2. Jemma Kidd Make-Up School Ultimate Lipstick Duo in 01 Cleopatra,
  3. Dior Addict Lipcolour in 989 Pinstripe Plum,
  4. YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 08 Belle de Rose,
  5. 17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in New Black
  6. Clinique Almost Lipstick in 06 Black Honey.

Links to all of these are at the end of the post.

With so much choice out there, it’s really important to choose the right shade for your skin tone in order to get the most out of the colour. The rose-wine Rimmel shade is perfect for pale skin and a great introduction to colour as the formula isn’t too heavy – so while it gives a gorgeous finish, the end result doesn’t make too much of a massive statement.

Jemma Kidd and the YSL shade are good all-rounders, suiting the majority of skin tones but especially those with olive-dark skin as the red base gives the colour a real vibrancy which looks amazing against darker skin. The Jemma Kidd lipstick has the added bonus of a double-ended stick with a balm on one end to prepare your lips for colour.

The Dior would look great on those with light-medium skin tones. This is a great colour as while it does contain red its not too red, likewise purple so its not overly dramatic. The sheerer texture makes it really easy to apply and allows you to build up the colour to suit.

The 17 colour works really well on pale-light medium skin as a dramatic stain, great if you want to make a bold statement on a night out. For the price the colour really delivers.

Finally the Clinique shade is great for any of you who are scared of colour – its sheer formula gives great colour without looking over-the-top, and the glossy finish is perfect for anyone with small, thin lips.

If your lips are a bit on the thin side use a matching lip pencil to cheat the shape. Make sure you choose one which exactly matches the tone of the lipstick and soften the edges so it's not too harsh. I use Clinique 'Plummy'  in the video which I think worked really well. You can either apply the pencil after the lip colour OR as a correcting base all over before.

A really important thing to remember when trying out this dark lips look is blush – essential unless you want to channel the gothic look! Choose your blusher wisely – using one with the same base tones as your lipstick will not only stop you from looking washed out but also helps to tie the whole look together. So a berry-coloured blush will look great against red-based lipsticks, while one with pinky violet undertones will work really well with more purpley lip colours.

Of course one of the easiest ways to ensure that you get the look right is to use your lipstick as a cheek stain (take a look at my "4 ways with lipstick" video tutorial to see the best way to do this) - just remember that you can only use this technique when you’ve used a liquid foundation for your base – using a lipstick as a blush over any powder formulations will make your base patchy.

Keep your eyes peeled for the video tutorial which I’ll be posting over the next couple of days. In the film you’ll find tips on applying dark colours to thinner lips, different application techniques and see me apply two of my favourite shades.

17 – Lasting Fix Lipstick – New Black

Clinique – Almost Lipstick – 06 Black Honey

Dior – Dior Addict Lipcolour – 989 Pinstripe Plum

Jemma Kidd Make-up School – Ultimate Lipstick Duo – 01 Cleopatra

Rimmel – Lasting Finish Vintage – 123 True Vintage

YSL – Rouge Pur Couture – 08 Belle de Rose

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Latest Comments 21 | Add Your Comments

Roselis - Wednesday Aug 22nd 2012 4:19am
Hi my name is Nidhi i am 23 years old my problem is i got black black skin on my upper lips. In sumemr & Rain upper lips skin black, tight, it has turned darker and does not match the complexion of the rest of my face. i have also taken face therapy and also went to skin doctors . but nothing solution I get.…what should i do? please help & suggest me i shall be very thankful to you.

Kelly - Wednesday Jul 20th 2011 10:59pm
I cannot get the 17 Lasting Fix lipstick in the US. Can you recommend something that is similar that I can find in New York?

Kathy - Wednesday Feb 16th 2011 6:14pm
Lisa, thank you so much for this tutorial! I love such kinds of make up that concentrate on the lips. So I decided to try Rimmel shade on me, but, unfortunately, can find it the store and even on the web-site. Could you recommend smth in the same shade group with Rimmel one?

kinaz - Saturday Nov 13th 2010 12:42pm
I like this vedio very much thanks lisa. you are amazing. I have light olive skin so which shade is best for me? best kinaz

Lisa Eldridge - Sunday Oct 17th 2010 5:44pm
Thanks for all the great comments on this post so far. @Aleska totally agree, some shades can look muddy/too bright. Its hard to say exactly without seeing you but you could try the Jemma Kidd shade or, if you have some red undertone, the Dior might work better. The YSL could pop more but could also work really well. As I say, hard to judge without actually seeing you...I would try them out first in your local store. x

Aleksa - Sunday Oct 17th 2010 3:10pm
Fantastic tutorial! Which of these do you think would work on black skins? I tend to think some can look muddy in black skins or too bright. Thank you. :)

Anna - Wednesday Oct 13th 2010 7:10pm
Ah this is so exciting. I was really feeling a dark lip today so I went out and bought Hang Up from MAC which I absolutely love. And then I came online and saw this video! :). Really great trend I think. I have similar colouring to you too so it's good to see different ways to wear it! Thanks :).xxx.

Liz - Tuesday Oct 12th 2010 2:47pm
Fabulous tutorial! Thanks to your tutorial, I was inspired to do a bold plummy/red lip today (Chanel Lune Rousse). I love how you post suggestions for what product would go best for which skintones!!! Thank you! :D

Pink Haired Princess - Monday Oct 11th 2010 11:49am
Amazing post, such an interesting video. I'm crazy about dark lips just now and have been wanting to try that 17 lipstick for ages, it's absolutely stunning.

Marina - Sunday Oct 10th 2010 12:31am
You look gorgeous with the last look! I really like deep/strong colours on you (both eyes or lips). As for myself, I like Benefit's No Competition now x

Taisia - Saturday Oct 9th 2010 4:25pm
thanks a lot for the videos you make - it's oh so helpful!

Alicja - Friday Oct 8th 2010 9:55pm
I love Dior's lipstick I think it would suit my small lips,anything dark makes me look like a doll, so I look forward to tutorial!

LIsa Eldridge - Friday Oct 8th 2010 6:30pm
@rollingfish thanks, really pleased you like it so much x @christine you could try something with a brighter undertone like the JK or YSL one above and then blot it down a little x

christine - Friday Oct 8th 2010 5:41pm
i really want to try out the dark coloured lipstick, but i'm not sure if it suits me since i have an almost medium tone asian colour skin.. any recommendation?

Skyler - Friday Oct 8th 2010 5:54am
I have always gone toward the darker lip shades, I think blotted down a bit, they can look amazing as an everyday wearable color.

Hazel - Thursday Oct 7th 2010 10:49pm
I'm loving the dark lip colours around at the moment so will be great to have some advice on what to choose and how to wear it. Looking forward to the video! x

Carlijn Kruidhof - Thursday Oct 7th 2010 8:56pm
I have been obsessed with dark lipsticks for a while now (about 2 weeks...haha!) I have been looking for a perfect purple and the 17 one looks gorgeous! And of course you can only order it from Boots if you live in the UK, which I don't.:( oh well! Looking forward to the video! :)

Klara - Thursday Oct 7th 2010 7:56pm
Can't wait for the video, the Rimmel and the YSL look like they would suit me best.

rollingfish - Thursday Oct 7th 2010 2:58pm
Really looking forward to your tutorial on this! I'm addicted to your channel and have particularly enjoyed the breadth of looks and advice, always an interesting watch!! xXx

Melanie K - Thursday Oct 7th 2010 10:53am
Great Lisa this is just the sort of advice I've been looking for! I'm quite pale and want to ease myself into this trend gently so I think that Rimmel shade looks perfect x

Natasa - Thursday Oct 7th 2010 10:41am
Such amazing colours! And interesting advice. Can't wait to see the video:-)

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