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A lesson in dark lips
by Katie |  Nov 6, 2013

If there's one makeup trend you're not escaping this season, it's dark lips. From the runways to the red carpet, it's become pretty apparent they'll be as prevalent as a puffer coat during the colder months. In fact, you'll likely see a lot of this look at all your holiday parties and other evening affairs.

If you're eager to rock a more dramatic pout, though, there are some tools and tactics you need in your arsenal. Here's everything you need to know to master the vampy look:

Prep
In the face of falling temperatures and dryer air, your lips may start to get chapped and cracked, so it's important to exfoliate and moisturize them. Give your pout a little much-needed pampering with the Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit, which Beautylish cited as a must-have for a healthy pucker. Start by washing the lips with the Foaming Lip Cleanser, which gets rid of any excess impurities and oils that could hinder your lip color from adhering. Then, massage the Sugar Lip Scrub in a circular motion to get rid of dead skin, which A Girl's Gotta Spa! picked as a top favorite. Thin-lipped gals may be wary of wearing a dark shade, but the kit comes with a plumper to pump up the volume. Finally, finish with a swipe of the classic lip balm for extra nourishment and hydration - your pout will feel baby soft and your lipstick will apply more evenly.

Pick a pigment
So, which color will best complement your complexion?

If you're fair, you can still sport darker lips, but steer toward slightly brighter shades that won't wash you out, such as like a rich raspberry or garnet red.

Those with medium olive or golden skin tones can have some fun with deeper wine-inspired crimson or a bold brick red. Shades like these draw out the warmth of your skin.

Rejoice if you have darker skin, because you can truly go all out with your lip color. From chocolate-covered cherry to dramatic plum, the possibilities are endless.

Put it on
Before you apply your color, start with a lip primer - it'll help you lock in the color. Plus, you'll prevent any unsightly creasing or bleeding.

If you want a more striking effect with serious staying power, outline and fill in your lips with a liner in the same shade as your chosen lipstick or stain. It can be helpful to use a lip brush to apply the pigment, as it'll help you build up the color to your desired depth. Start in the center of your lips and work your way to the edges, blending as you go. If the finished look is too intense, you can always blot your lips with a tissue.

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