The Dark Lip Trend: How Far Are You Willing to Go?

Trend alert: This fall, deep berry is the new red. The color dominated the runways during fashion week and has quickly jumped to the streets. If you're looking to give it a whirl but aren't quite ready to dive in, here's a handy three-stage guide to help you ease into this show-stopping look.

Beginner

"On fair skin or for those just starting out, a super dark lip can look a bit too gothic. Opt for a sheer raspberry shade instead," says celebrity makeup artist Fabiola, who works with Hollywood heavyweights like Mila Kunis, Chloë Sevigny, and Emma Stone. Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushed is a perfect way to test the waters. "It's all about balance. To complement the look, add a wash of color on the eye and apply a pretty tint on the cheeks with Benefit's Benetint,” says Fabiola.

Intermediate

"To make your way over to the dark side, try out a dark lip around the house first," says Hailee Steinfeld favorite Kristee Liu. A great one to try: Lipstick Queen Sinner Matte Lipstick in Rose Sinner.

"Once you’re comfortable indoors, you'll be able to rock the look anywhere you go." To prep for the big leagues, condition your lips with FusionBeauty's LipFusion Balm Lip Conditioning Stick.

Advanced

After perfecting sheer and housebroken versions of the trend, it's time to debut a more daring hue. Beauty is Life Aubergine is a stellar eggplant shade that's been stealing hearts both on and off the runway. It's chic, edgy, and the perfect confidence booster for a big event, an important meeting, or whenever you need a jolt of intense, pick-me-up color. "For a light and controlled look, apply this shade with a brush," Fabiola recommends. "If you want a more opaque result, use straight from the tube." The look is strong enough to stand on its own, so keep the rest of your face subtle and clean. Balance is key!

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