dark lipstick for summer

Yes, You Can Wear Dark Lipstick in July

They say it’s a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day, but does the same go for burgundy lipstick after Memorial Day? Though warm weather seems cosmically aligned with pinks, corals, and reds, there’s no reason that your favorite berry and wine lip hues have to go into hiding come summertime. The trick to wearing deep lip colors in July lies in pairing the right formulas and shades with seasonally appropriate blushes, highlighters, and shadows. We talked to makeup artist Faye Lauren to find out how to rock a dark lip all year long.

Go Sheer

dark lipstick for summer If you’re new to wearing dark lip shades in the summer, Lauren says to start with a translucent balm. She recommends a sheer shade like ILIA Beauty’s Tinted Lip Conditioner in Arabian Knights—its light formula bridges the gap between a matte finish and a gloss to give you a subtle deep cherry stain with added hydration.

Stick to Sangria

dark lipstick for summer When it comes to color, stick to deep, fruity hues. “I like dark berry tones that look like just you had a glass of sangria,” says Lauren. “Avoid anything that’s too brown or nude, because once you have a tan it will wash you out.” Opt for a rich, playful fuchsia like Pre-Dame’s Lipstick in Raz—its pink undertones will bring out the natural flush in your cheeks. And for a bolder nighttime look, swipe on TEMPTU’s creamy Color True Lipstick in Plush Plum.

Freshen Up Your Face

dark lipstick for summer The easiest way to wear a dark lip in July without looking you’re stuck in September is to brighten up the rest of your face. Lauren likes to start with a glow-enhancing BB cream like Jouer’s LMT, followed by a bright coral blush (try stila’s convertible color in petunia) and a creamy highlighter like Cynthia Rowley’s Brightening Illuminator. Keep your eye shadow soft and light, says Lauren, in order to keep the focus on your lips.

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