When it’s Fall in Los Angeles, I’m promptly grabbing my beanies, drinking hot lattes, and sporting dark lipstick, regardless of the weather. (It was 91 degrees on Halloween, but by golly, I’m going to feel festive in this scarf!) Dark lips are a perfect way to play with your look without committing to something more extreme, like going brunette or chopping your hair off. It allows you to express a darker side that you might not feel as comfortable doing in the sunny Spring and Summer months. There are a few things to consider, though, before you start putting together your lipstick wardrobe. Namely, which darker shades will complement your skin tone and keep you from looking like the walking dead? I spoke with Urban Decay’s cofounding partner Wende Zomnir, who gave me a fabulous yet practical tip for picking out dark lipstick: choose it based on the “vibe you’re going for.” Want to feel sultry?
A deep burgundy is perfect. Feeling rocker chic? Berry shades will help bring out your inner band babe. And chocolate shades are a great way to play with the trend in a more natural form: browns are neutrals, so they won’t appear too flashy. Check out the six other application and product tips in the video, and let me know your favorite shades!