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Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

I'd really love to find a way to get a dark red or plum lip to work with my coloring. I just can't seem to get it right. I love the VIP ROUGE red, for instance, but I look weird with it on. I'm sure part of it is not being used to such a dramatic color. But, I think I also don't get my other make-up right. I'd love tips on working a dramatic dark lip with my coloring (you can see in my profile picture my hair and skin color). I just ordered Give me more lip (and I have the first lippie box too) and there are so many gorgeous dark colors, and it's fall, and ... oh - HELP!

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

Hi, annekevdb!  I'm very light with blond hair, blue eyes, and a yellow undertone.  Like everyone else, I always wanted to find a great red lipstick.  After years of searching, I found mine:  Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Chunkiest Chili.  It's a brownish red, so you don't feel like people can see you coming from a mile away.

 

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Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

I am quite pale with pink undertones, and my natural hair color is light as well, and I have never had a problem rocking red or dark lips in general. Try wearing true reds, blue reds and plums. Even fuchsia if that's your thing. These look best with eyeshadows in light gray, taupe, silver or white. For a more glam angle, run a thin line of liquid black eyeliner across your upper lashline.

For a more casual angle, skip the liner & shadow, and just do mascara only.

 

2 of my favorite red lipstick shades are Sephora's Rouge Cream in Hot Tango and The Red. These would be an excellent place to start.

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

I'm very pale too, but I wear red lipstick a lot, it is one of my favorite looks. I always wear less eye makeup when I wear red lips on a "normal day" - ie, just mascara and neutral, matte shadows. If it is a fancy event that I'm attending, I will kick up the eye makeup. But I work at a casual office and that seems to be fine.

 

Also, sometimes applying red thick is a bit much for some shades. You could apply one layer very lightly and blend with your finger, and see if that looks better? I also do that a lot. Smiley Happy

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

This is pretty much what I tried today. Just eyebrows (which are white and always need a little help), mascara, and liner. I usually do my waterline and I skipped it. Foundation, very tiny amount of blush. The dark red from ROUGE worked really well.

 

 

Thank you for all the tips ladies!

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

Glad this worked for you!! Sounds pretty! Smiley Happy

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

Great info here, I would love to go darker on lips sometimes but can't seem to make the look work. Dark hair, fair skin.

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

Menace from Buxom is absolutely GORGEOUS. I have ivory colored skin so I thought I could never pull off such a dark wine colored lip but it's absolutely  beautiful on. Of course, I have dark eyebrows & hair, so it might look differently on me than you. However, it's worth looking into! Smiley Happy

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

I just got the Give Me More Lip set and that color is in it. It looks great - one of my favorites from the set. 

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

MaryDiva - that is gorgeous. I will check it out. Thank you!!

Re: Tips for making a dark lip work w/ fair hair and skin

I have the SAME problem..so I wear more of a brick red..u will LOVE this colors1131168-main-herlip.jpgLancome Sienna Smiley Happy..also NARS lip laquer in EROS its more of a brick red.. 

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