Dark lips for fall aren't exactly groundbreaking, but when they're closer to black on the color spectrum than they are to red, then you're wearing this season's hottest lip color. I used to think dark lipstick required a certain amount of chutzpah on the part of the wearer. How do you pull off an uncompromising, unmissable shade of onyx? Turns out, it's infinitely more wearable than you might think.
On the catwalks, makeup magicians François Nars at Marc Jacobs and Peter Phillips at Dior kick-started the trend, the latter of which created blackcurrant pouts with Dior's Rouge Dior in Poison coated with Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Bulle for a mirror finish—think Alice Cooper meets Poison Ivy.
It's refreshing to see color speak for itself so boldly in a season of neutral-toned palettes. Just remember, when you're daring so greatly with the mouth, keep the rest of the face deconstructed. Think glowy and natural skin, brushed-up brows, and some loose setting powder on the high planes of the face (cheekbones and bridge of the nose).
In the interest of saving money and doing fun stuff, here's a DIY lip recipe for crafty gals like myself who like homemade lipstick recipes—including stains, balms, and glosses—assembled from regular old stuff like cranberry juice, coconut oil, and beeswax. And if you don't have the time or inclination to get busy in the kitchen, just look to your existing lipsticks and change their texture. More specifically, make them twinkling. This is perhaps the shortest tutorial you'll ever read.
First, apply your old lipstick, and then line your lips with a matching lip liner. Take a tissue to your mouth and blot to absorb the gloss or shine. Next, take a cosmetic sponge, roll it in W3ll People Elitist Eyeshadow Powder in Pink Champagne and press the sponge over your lips. And you're done! The scene-stealing effect of a dark lip is dominating, especially when it's shot through with metallic shimmer. The only question is just how deep and dramatic you're prepared to go.
How to Make Your Own DIY Dark Lipstick
- Scoop a teaspoon of coconut oil or lip balm into a small pot.
- Use sterilized tweezers to scratch some black eye shadow out from its pot—I love the natural and organic brand Kjaer Weis's Onyx Eye Shadow.
- Mix it together with the coconut oil or whatever lip balm you have handy—the amount between lip balm and the eye shadow depends on you. More eye shadow means the lipstick will turn out to be more pigmented.
How to Make a Dark Berry Lip Stain
- 1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles
- 1 teaspoon shea butter
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- ⅛ teaspoon beetroot powder
- A drop of essential oil of choice—I use geranium
- Melt the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a glass jar without a lid in a small pot of simmering water. It should melt quickly because so little of each ingredient is used.
- When melted, remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients and scent.
- Once all ingredients are mixed well but still liquid, use a dropper to pour into the lip balm container.
- Fill just below the top as it will expand slightly as it cools. Leave to cool for at least half an hour. Store in a cool place or it will soften.
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