When you think of a dark lipstick look, you think of Urban Decay.
Lustrous textures, seductive shades and smouldering finishes make each dark lipstick look different, unique and personalised to your midnight needs.
It can be tricky to perfect the dark lipstick look however, so we have put together our top 5 commandments for making that purple pop.
5 Dark Lipstick Look Commandments
Follow these golden (or midnight) rules to perfect that dark lipstick...trust us.
Nourish your Lips
If you apply a dark shade to your lips and there's a hint of flakiness, it will show. Dark colours cling to imperfections, so make sure you pop on a lip balm such as the Urban Decay Rehab Lip Love an hour before you want to apply your lipstick.
It contains a super conditioning blend of Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to help soothe and prime your lips for your lipstick application.
Line and fill in the Lips
This is an absolutely essential rule if you want a gorgeous dark lipstick look.
As you are applying a bold colour, mistakes can show up easily, so lining and filling in the lips will help prevent and instead perfect.
By lining, you are giving yourself a "lipstick" wall to stick to, and by filling in pigmentation gaps, you will ensure an even colour.
Use the Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Anarchy or Venom, depending on whether you want a purple lip or a blood red.
Apply your Lipstick
Taut your lips so that you can see the whole of your skin. This will ensure that you apply lipstick to every surface and get an even finish.
Use the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Disturbed; it's a Comfort Matte formula, which means it'll stay put throughout the night without making your lips feel or look dry.
After you applied lipstick all over, blot and then reapply to the areas you have missed. It will help prevent the lipstick from looking too harsh, but instead give a stunning pop.
Before stepping out into public, make sure you do the pop test.
To do this, you need to put a fingers in the middle of your mouth, carefully close your mouth around it and then pull it out. Once you do so, you will see a purple ring around your finger; this is what could have been on your teeth. You can thank us later.
Bronze and Glow
When wearing dark lipstick, it can make your whole complexion appear paler and more drawn out.
Apply a little bronzer to warm up the complexion. Plus, it won't clash with your lipstick colour like a bright blush would. Perfection.
We love the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Face Powder, which is a trio of bronzer, highlight and blush. Just swipe on a mix of all three for a gorgeous warm glow to the skin.