Spring and pastels go hand in hand, obviously. Maybe I'm not quite ready to give up my vampy makeup, but I'm also pretty sure that you can wear a dark lip any time of year, and especially in spring. I mean, obviously you can wear whatever you want whenever you want - it's up to you! - but I am thinking that it is the general trend to lighten up makeup in Spring. You don't have to :)
This image from the Giles catwalk has also been an inspiration. I am obsessed with the flawless clean skin and that dark glossy lip. My three top picks for a more reality friendly dark lip are MAC Smoked purple, Illamasqua Growl and Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry. All used with MAC Nightmoth lip liner which is a must.
My top tips:
- Use a lipliner. Like, really really use a lipliner. A must for a dark lip where your lips are the focus. You don't want smudging or bleeding or fading.
- Wear other makeup... I know one of the 'makeup rules' is to play up either your eyes or your lips, but if you're wearing a really dramatic lip you will want something to balance the rest of you out. A dark lip as a focal point works in catwalk makeup, and I'm not suggesting everyone wears a heavy smoky eye with dark lips, but a little liner and a lot of mascara won't hurt. In the photo below I contoured my eyes using these steps, as well as using my eyeliner as mentioned in this post ;)
- Have fun. Experiment. If you're scared, get a cheap lipstick and try one out. I know Makeup revolution and MUA do dark lipsticks, so one to try out and wear around the house and see if you like it. I have a hunch you'll love it.
Also still loving dark nails - short, glossy and black. The Sinful colours polish is my favourite, and is only £1.99 :)
Go forth and embrace dark lips.