Summer conjures up images of glossy lips in bright, candy-colored hues like fuchsia or cherry red. Fun retro pops of lip color go well with itsy-bitsy bikinis, neon surf gear, and boldly printed beach towels. But why not experiment and break the summer beauty rules with darker lips?
At the spring shows, Jason Wu and Rodarte sent models down the runways sporting extremely deep wine lips and jet black lip tints. These vampy hues suddenly seemed fresh and slightly mysterious.
A dark lip during the summer is totally unexpected, and creates a fashionable juxtaposition of color and personality that makes a statement.
Rachel Bilson was recently spotted with deep burgundy lips at a Phillip Lim dinner. By keeping the rest of her face bare and wearing summer’s most beloved staple, the denim jacket, she showed that dark lips can transition from winter to the fun-loving days of summer.
There is a wide variety of dark red, purple, brown, and black shades to pucker up with, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that suits your skin tone best. When going with an extra deep shade, skip the full face of make-up, and don’t even think about using lip liner.
A clean face highlights a dark shade, while too much extra make-up can end up looking clownish and borderline goth. All you need is a swipe of mascara, and you’re good to go.
A dark lip lends an edgy toughness to summer’s laidback vibe and creates an eye-catching contradiction to the casual warm weather wardrobe of distressed shorts, slouchy tanks, flirty sundresses, and leather sandals.
Whatever your plans are this summer, a new dark lip color is just the remedy to break up the monotony of your summer beauty routine wherever you go.
So get on top of this trend and try these dark hues right now.
Kat von D Painted Love Lipstick in Homegirl (dark plummy brown)
Sephora – $18.00
MAC Lipstick in X-S (intense reddish brown)
MAC – $14.00
Nars Lipstick in Viridiana (rich burgundy)
Sephora – $24.00
Chanel Hydrating Crème Lipcolor in Rouge Noir (deep black)
Chanel – $30.00
MAC Lipstick in Cyber (intense blackish-purple)
MAC – $14.00