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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

I'm in the same boat (though I have darker hair than you do.)  I have no idea what to do with the red's in my Give Me More box.  I'm comfortable with plums to a degree but I cannot find a red that doesn't look goofy.

I agree on the not being used to it too.  Maybe we should both pledge to wear a new dark or red lip color every evening ( or any time) we'll be home for awhile.  The first step is getting used to seeing it on ourselves!

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I find with reds I tend to go with a neutral eye using my Naked palettes.  With Plums/Burgundy shades I use a grey eye.  

 

Im still trying to find my HG red, but I'm trying to venture more into the reds.  I have fairly dark hair naturally (however im a mid brown with blonde highlights now) and have Ivory skin.  I think some reds look weird even when I get tons of compliments. I think I'm just so used to the neutral shades anything too colorful looks odd.  I did by UD Manic recently and love it.

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I think for me, the problem is finding the right shade of red and not one that's too dark.  I need a more warm red instead of a blue red and because I'm fair, I don't want to go too dark.  I have tried layering a warm neutral shade over a rich red to soften it and that has helped. 

 

But more than that, I think it is a confidence issue.  I tend to wear reds more at night, maybe because I can hide in the dimly lit restaurant.  But I should be able to wear red in broad daylight.  Maybe pairing it with deep red clothing will help.  I need to consciously make an effort to wear it more often.

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I can give you the most perfect red ever for anyone, it's Diorific's lipstick in the color lady.

These aren't my pictures. But there are four in all and as you can see Lady is the first one. It's a great color to work with any eye you decide to do.

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I agree that Lady is a very wearable red.  It's not bright or very dark so it goes with just about any complexion and whatever you are wearing.  It's a great everyday red. 

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All those colors are pretty. I will check it out. Thank you!

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

I love Lady too and have been trying to find a color just like it. Are there any?

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

For me it was quite a shock to see darker lips on me. I swear at least 10 times I put Urban Decay's Revolution Lipstick in Venom (dark plum) on just to wipe it off before going out in public. I eased into it by using a cranberry colored lip balm/stain which wasn't as intense. I finally got the confidence to wear Venom out in public and I got so many compliments. 

 

If you have confidence with a bold makeup look, you will be able to pull it off. You can also "mix" lipstick colors by layering a lighter color overtop, which will slightly change the color of the lipstick. I've also used pinky nude lipglosses overtop of dark lips and it lightens it slightly. Good luck!

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I do that too. Put on a dark color and  then end of wiping it off before I go out. 

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

Yeah I think it's a comfort thing. A lot of people are suggesting various colors to buy but really I think you need to be comfortable wearing a dark color in general before you can experiment with others. It sounds like you already have a great selection of dark lip colors with all the favorites sets you've gotten so I would just try and work with those.

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I think a lot of it is getting used to dark or bright colors. I've got a darkish fuchsia shad on today and a year ago I could not have seen myself in it. But it does look good. It's just startling. I found a dark lip stain a couple of days ago that I put on. It felt weird seeing it, but after a few hours it didn't feel so strange. It's the same color I thought of wearing to a wedding and had to take off and change for a lighter coral color instead. 

 

I'm blonde (but darker, with sun highlights and some amount of tan still, though usually several shades lighter). For me, I have trouble seeing myself in light pinks. I bought a YSL lip in Opera Rose that I thought I would like and I'm just not sure about. I have to try it and maybe get some opinions before I decide whether to keep it or not. 

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

Sometimes it depends on your undertone, and sometimes it just take getting use to if you usually don't wear such dramatic color. You can always go for a sheer color, or wear the Bite VIB rouge lipstick as a stain (blot onto lips using your finger).

 

For example, this is the Hourglass icon red. If you apply it straight it's a blood red, but if you blot it with the finger it's a berry pink stain.

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Wow, super pretty! What a great idea! I second this thought, definitely a great way to make dramatic lip colors more wearable!

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I think that color Is in the set that is coming. I am going to try it for sure. So pretty. 

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

Definitely work on slowing easing your way into the dark colors, with lighter, sheerer colors and working towards a more vampy shade. 

 

When rocking a dark lip, while you don't want to overwhelm with too much makeup, you need to balance the look. I usually think black and white film stars. Go for a fuller brow (slightly darker than everyday). And for eye makeup I usually for winged liner (with champagne or a brown smoky eye. 

Also make sure that your complexion is flawless. The more dramatic look will enhance some imperfections and discolorations.

 

Usually when rocking a dark lip I (kind of) throw the idea of one "focus feature" out a little.  Rather than doing the lip and minimal eye makeup (i.e. only mascara), I make sure that my makeup all seems balanced.

 

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

Try layering a darker and lighter color on top so you can adjust how light or dark you want it, or try doing an ombre lip like I did in my last topic I posted using one deep red and lighter red in center, slightly blending out. Here is my fall, vampy look. Smiley Happy

 

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I love that look. How do you do the rest of your make up when you do your lips like that?

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

I don't know about her but whenever I do a statement lip I keep the rest of my face simple. Mascara and winged liner with a little bronzer and a tinnny bit of blush. Keeping it simple is especially important if you're doing a daytime dark lip

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Either keep it simple with a nice light brown crease shade and winged eyeliner, or a light smokey eye, preferably with beige/brown or grey shades. Smiley Happy For blush, very natural or just a little bronzer.

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Thank you all! I am going to play around with it today since I am home. I think I will also get to sephora and have someone help me with the color. I have pink undertones in my skin. I feel like I get a bad red ( maybe one that leans towards orange) and its all wrong. I don't know what to do withe the rest of my face when I have red lips. It feels like I am either washed out or clownishly over done. I need to find the happy middle ground. 

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.

 

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!

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