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4 steps to wearing a dark lip without freaking out

Author: Elle Canada

Beauty

4 steps to wearing a dark lip without freaking out

1. GET INSPIRED.

Pick a lipstick muse (mine is always RiRi) and set her as your phone’s background photo.

2. BE BRAVE.

Think you can’t wear a dark lip because you’ve lived a life of colourless balm? Wrong. No amount of prior lipstick-wearing is a prerequisite for this trend, but if you’re truly hesitant, go with makeup artist Diana Carreiro’s advice: Wear a sheer colour to start and then gradually darken the shade until you’re comfortable. Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere.

READ MORE: 8 lipsticks ELLE Canada editors swear by

3. EMBRACE THE PAST.

Vincent Longo’s fall collection of lip lacquers reference the brooding hues of the ’90s but have 21st-century anti-aging benefits and face-flattering undertones. (Plus, they have names like Daria, Angela and Felicity that warm the heart of this '90s child.)

4. APPLY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT.

For a flawless finish, Carreiro advises using a toothbrush to gently exfoliate lips and then applying a hydrating lip balm. She suggests a moisturizing matte formula to prevent lipstick from bleeding, but if you go with a creamy one, line lips with a clear or matching liner and then apply lipstick and blot lightly.

See our top 7 picks for a bold lip below!

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How to wear a dark lip: GOSH

GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick in Matte Plum ($14), at shoppersdrugmart.ca. READ MORE: Tilda Swinton's 10 boss beauty secrets (they include chip fat)

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How to wear a dark lip: Vincent Longo

Vincent Longo Velvet Riche Lip Lacquer in Daria ($26), at thebay.com. READ MORE: 8 lipsticks ELLE Canada editors swear by

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How to wear a dark lip: Bite Beauty

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How to wear a dark lip: Bobbi Brown

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How to wear a dark lip: Kat Von D

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned ($24), at sephora.com. READ MORE: 9 must-have beauty buys for a weekend in Las Vegas

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How to wear a dark lip: Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick in Extrovert ($34), at esteelauder.com. READ MORE: The only products you need in your carry-on bag

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How to wear a dark lip: Too Faced

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick in Melted Villain ($25), at sephora.com. READ MORE: 8 hot beauty buys for August

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