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dark lipsWe’re not sure if Kylie Jenner is entirely the cause, but 2016 has seen a crazy amount of dark lip looks in magazines and on catwalks. It’s not always the easiest thing to pull off and you need to make sure you get it exactly right, otherwise it can end up looking a complete mess, so we’ve put together a little guide to help you to make sure you wear your dark lips with pride!

Exfoliate Your Lips

Many of the dark lip colours on the market right now are matte, which can be really unforgiving if you have dry lips. Matte lipstick can exacerbate dry lips too, making it a bit of a vicious circle. Using the Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush to gentle remove any dry skin will really help to improve the appearance of your lips, as well as avoiding further drying-out.

Add Moisture

Many of the ate or long-lasting lipsticks and liquids are incompatible with lip balm and simply won’t stay on your lips if used at the same time. Applying a slick of Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment before bed each night will ensure that your lips don’t succumb to dryness, giving you a smooth pout.

Experiment with Colour

If you’re a complete beginner when it comes to dark lips, then making sure you get the right colour is essential. Opting for a shade with a blue base (no, we don’t mean having blue lips, we mean blue-pinks and blue-reds – YES, that’s a thing!) will ensure that your lipstick doesn’t make your teeth look yellow and starting with a more subtle shade before taking the super-dark plunge will help you to refine the look.

Use a Lip Liner

If you’ve got fine lines around your lips, there’s nothing worse than having lipstick that bleeds and it’s going to be especially noticeable if your lippy is dark. Using a co-ordinating lip liner will give you excellent definition around your lip line and will prevent feathering really effectively.

Set Your Colour

If you want to give your lips serious lasting power, then once you’ve finished applying the colour blot with a tissue and then apply a layer of finishing powder, before adding a final layer of colour to finish. This will keep your lippy in place for the majority of the day (unless you eat pizza. NOTHING survives pizza grease!)