The Perfect Dark Lipsticks for YOUR Skin Tone

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, the bright, glossy lips of summer just don’t cut it anymore. This is the time to break out of our comfort zones and find the perfect dark colors to rock all fall (and winter) long.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the classic Marilyn red that never seems to go out of style. But have you ever noticed that it never looks quite as good on you as it did on the icon herself? Well, have no fear ladies (and gents), you too can rock a dark and daring lip without feeling like the infamous Joker. DISCLAIMER: not first date proof, if you catch my drift.

For my fair skin maidens:

AKA my natural skin tone (love you fake tanner, you the MVP). This is arguably the most difficult skin tone to rock dark colors because there’s the largest contrast. Once you figure out what undertone you have, though, you’ll be good to go. If you have cooler tones in your skin, you’re going to want to go with those beautiful rich pink and purple berry shades to compliment your complexion. If you’re fair with warm undertones, opt for a yellow or orange based red to bring out your porcelain skin.

For my light to medium skin babes:

The darker your skin tone gets, typically the more neutral to warm you are. This means you can be a little bit more daring in your choice of dramatic lipstick. If you want to play it safe, stick to berry and wine tones. If you’re in the mood to turn heads, try out a fiery orangey-red lipstick. You’re sure to be a show-stopper wearing that.


Medium and tan skin beauties:

If it always looks like you just came back from a well-deserved vacation in the tropics, this is you. Your undertone tends to be more olive or yellow. Try a deep brown or rose to spice up your makeup. When I am freshly self-tanned, I have medium to tan skin, so I can tell you from experience that brown looks great. Okay, not going to lie… I was as skeptical as you about putting a color like brown all over my mouth. But I’ve never received so many compliments on my makeup. Brown lip color is definitely a must-try.


For my ebony queens:

Darker complexions can wear the broadest range of dark and bold colors, but, just as with fair complexions, you need to identify your undertone. If your undertone tends toward red, try an orange or warm brown lip. If you have more cool-toned skin with gray undertones, rock a blue-toned red (your teeth will also BLIND people with how white they look) or vibrant/dark purples.

All of this being said, makeup supposed to be fun. There really are no hard-and-fast rules. If you’re fair-toned and want to rock a dark purple, you do you, boo. Let your creative juices flow and knock ‘em dead. While I have to say I do obsess over my nudes collections (I promise they’re all different!), this time of year always inspires me to go bold and boujee with my makeup.

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