If you thought the vamp look when out in the 90s, think again. Just one glance at a fashion magazine or runway show reveals that brooding is back. But executing this makeup trend without coming off as a Tru Blood extra takes a deft hand and the right products.
Embrace the Darkness
While fall usually sees a shift from summer’s happy hues to darker shades, lipstick trends plunged to dramatic new depths this season. Uber-moody shades like oxblood, plum, Bordeaux, and blackberry showed up everywhere from Marc Jacobs to Carolina Herrera, with Giles, Bottega Veneta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marchesa, and Emanuel Ungaro also getting in on the dark lip action.
If you’re ready to experience the power of the dark side for yourself, Vincent Longo Demi Matte Velour Lipstick offers crave-worthy color in a high-shine gloss — the embodiment of gateway goth. My other favorites include Dolce & Gabbana’s deliciously dark Dolce Matte Lipstick in Jealous and the totally of-the-moment metallics of bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Live Large . Meanwhile, long-lasting formulas like Lipstick Queen ‘Bete Noire’ offer a rich, velvety texture, and stay on for hours with just a single swipe.
To help color go on smoothly without annoying flaking, prep your pout first with a lip scrub like sara happ ‘The Lip Scrub and lip balm — I recommend stila ‘lush lips’ water plumping primer.
One last word of advice? If you’re looking for intense, take-no-prisoners color, start by lining lips in a matching lip pen before filling in with color straight from the tube. For a more subtle look, apply lipstick over your lower lip, then purse your lips together to distribute the color.
Beyond the Pale
Just as fresh-off-the-beach tans start to fade, fall comes to the rescue with the perfect companion to this season’s dark lip: dreamy, pale, winter skin. Meet your new best friend: NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer. It goes on smooth — even on dry, dehydrated winter skin. Even better? If has the most subtle hint of shimmer so you don’t end up with that flat, lifeless look.
MAC ‘Studio Fix’ Fluid Foundation and Vincent Longo Liquid Dew Finish Foundation are all about beautiful coverage, while Clinique ‘Stay Matte’ offers a natural matte finish worthy of Bella Swan herself.
And remember: the pale face/dark lip look can come off heavy-handed, so keep the rest of your makeup minimal.
One last time for keeping the look super-fresh? Skip the slicked back bun and go for tousled, beachy waves or a sloppy bun instead. After all, even vampires like to cut loose every now and then.