How To Wear Dark Lipstick, Because Fall Is Coming

I love a lot of things about fall, but nothing excites me more about cooler days than busting out the bordeaux-colored lipsticks and dark plum glosses. Fall is a prime opportunity to get your '90s grunge on. Knowing how to wear dark lipstick can be a tricky art, but I found ways any skin tone or personal style rock the trend.

Dark lipstick is classic 1990s style, now made famous (again) thanks to Kylie Jenner's infamous pout. Moody shades of brown, plum, burgundy, and deep purple are all over the runway and match perfectly with the military trend with all its olives and blacks.

When it comes to dressing and styling a bold fall lip, it's important to balance the strong color with equally commanding textures and colors. You want to make sure your look can support the color, so brunettes can go with darker shades while lighter complexions should stick to lighter, berry hues. No matter what, know you can rock heavier fabrics, textures, and darker colors like navy and deep greens.

Below, we rounded up some tricks for nailing the dark lipstick trend this fall.

If You Have A Lighter Complexion...

If you have light eyes, pink-based burgundy shades will make your baby blues stand out. Kind of in-between, with hazel eyes? Cool toned deep reds work on any complexion.

NYX Cosmetics Round Case Lipstick in Cranberry Red, $2, Ulta

If You Have A Darker Complexion...

An ultra dark, brown-based lip shade looks beautiful on darker skin tones. Pair it with feathery black lashes, bold brows, and keep everything else minimal. You don't want to overdo the entire look!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned, $20, Sephora

If You're Scared Of Big Color...

If you just want to dip your toes into the dark, mysterious waters of bold lips and are afraid of overdoing it, skip applying the lipstick directly from the tube. Instead, swipe your ring finger over the lip shade and dab it onto your lips for a more sheer coverage. If you aren't afraid, build opaque color onto your lips by applying a lip brush.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $18, Sephora

Apply Lip Liner Last

Dark lipsticks mean tiny application flaws and mistakes are more noticeable. To clean up mistakes and clearly define your lip line, apply a dark liner that matches your lipstick after you apply the lipstick.

MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Nightmoth, $18, MAC Cosmetics

Skip The Gloss

Swiping a gloss over your dark lipstick can cause the shade to get messy and the color to bleed outside of your lip line (and smear all over everything your lips touch). Plus, gloss adds more attention to your lips and chances are, you're already the most noticed person in the room with a vampy dark lip.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless, $8, Ulta