We LOVE red lipstick — it’s no secret! But, sometimes, we’re ready to throw caution to the wind and try something out of our comfort zone. Like a really dark purple (it’s winter, bro). They not only look really striking, but make for an amazing style statement too.

If you secretly like flaunting dark lippies, don’t be afraid of this bold look, just be a little cautious and don’t end up wearing the wrong shade for your skin tone ‘cause that’s the perfect recipe for disaster (yikes)! While dark lipstick can be tough to wear, there are ways to make this seasonal statement work for you. Here’s how!

how to pull off dark lipstick according to skin tone

Fair skin tones

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t wear dark lipstick. The trick is to pick a colour that has deep cranberry tones in it. Deep berry tones will act as a cool contrast against your complexion without being too harsh. For an extra daring hue, pair your bold pout with a few layers of mascara to really bring the look together.

We recommend: Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color - Pink Lace

how to pull off dark lipstick according to skin tone

Wheatish skin tones

Girls with wheatish skin tones look best in earthy colours. Flaunting a red, berry or mauve pout looks looks extremely chic and flattering on you. Avoid wearing bright neon pinks and oranges, as these look really stark against your complexion.

We recommend: Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Colour - Brick Bloom

Medium skin tones

When shopping for dark shades, look for a lipstick that has plum or wine-coloured undertones. Your complexion also pairs perfectly with chocolate browns, which have both wine and brown hues. Going somewhere fancy? A dark plum lip screams city chic when worn with a messy chignon!

We recommend: Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Matte Lipstick - Sugar Plum

how to pull off dark lipstick according to skin tone

Dark skin tones

Go big or go home, right? Remember, super deep burgundy or aubergine shades look beautiful on your skin tone! Opt for rich eggplant colours. For a really dramatic effect, try a full-on purple look and be sure to keep the rest of your makeup simple!

We recommend: Lakmé Absolute Matte Melt Liquid Lip Color - Wine n Dine

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