Berry and oxblood lip colors are a great way to mix up your daily makeup routine, and the colors look good on just about every skin tone.

 

The key to pulling off the dark lipstick look without looking too overdone is to balance it out with an otherwise natural face.

 

Crystal Reed (www.mamamia.com)

Crystal Reed (www.mamamia.com)

Expert tip: Before you put on any bold lip color, make sure your lips are exfoliated and moisturized. You can buy lip exfoliators like this one from The Body Shop for $6.25, or you can just brush your lips with an extra toothbrush and some lip balm. Make sure you always exfoliate the night before and apply your favorite lip balm, so your lips will be lipstick-ready in the morning.

 

For day: Stick with a classic mascara and minimal eye shadow. Think of the dark lipstick look as the exact opposite of the nude lipstick look. With a nude lip, it is best to pair it with a dark, smoky eye. Since our lip is dark here, we want to wear a natural eye.

 

Bronzer works best with a dark lip because it pulls the look together without washing out your complexion. You do not want to wear a pink blush because you will risk a clash of colors, and nixing cheek color altogether will leave you looking pale. Thus, it is best to sculpt your cheekbones with a matte bronzer.

 

 

Sarah Hyland (www.mamamia.com)

Sarah Hyland (www.mamamia.com)

For night: Try a classic liquid eyeliner to create a simple line, or if you want to be more bold, try a striking cat eye. If you are going out and want to look red carpet ready, try adding some false lashes to your look to recreate Sarah Hyland‘s look.

 

Buy lashes at Ulta for just $2.99

Try this Rimmel Eyeliner from Walgreens for $5.79

 

 

 

 

 

Khloe Kardashian (www.primped.ninemsn.com.au)

Khloe Kardashian (www.primped.ninemsn.com.au)

Tip: To avoid looking too harsh, wear your hair up in a soft up-do or down with large, brushed-out waves.  To get waves like Khloe’s, use a large barrel curler to curl your hair, let the ringlets cool, hairspray them to set the look, and then gently brush through them with a boar-bristle brush.

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think of dark lipsticks? Would you try this look yourself? Let us know in the comments below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam