For lipstick lovers, wearing dark lipstick is one of those seasonal makeup trends that keep on returning. Especially since our fascination for the ‘90s isn’t waning anytime soon, we all want to rock a lip color in brown or burgundy every now and then.
Because dark colors can have strong pigments, however, the idea of application and actually wearing it can be an intimidating affair: Can you wear it in the morning? Is it possible to wear dark lipstick without looking like a goth? The answer to both questions above is yes—let these celebrities show you how!
Arci Muñoz is always serving some fierce lip looks, and we’re all here for this dark look! The actress and makeup fiend may have painted this face for Halloween, but it’s a beauty look that doesn’t look costume-y. Arci’s rocking some dramatic liquid lipstick for this, so precision is key. Make sure that your lips are smooth and hydrated—otherwise, exfoliate with a lip scrub beforehand. What gives the heavy lip color some balance is the shimmery brown color around her lids, and highlighter by the inner corners.
Meanwhile, Jelly Eugenio gave Miss Universe Catriona Gray a softer take on the goth makeup by diffusing the dark color on her lips, and kept her eyes and cheeks light. Cat is wearing just the slightest hint of a smokey eye, with her cat-eye liner and highlighted lower lids brightening her peepers. Her hair is also slicked back, keeping this whole look sleek.
From the messy tendrils to the acid-wash top and cross pendant, we’re living for Anne Curtis’ ‘90s look! Robbie Piñera took the actress back to the grunge era in this dusky brown lip color from BLK Cosmetics. Keeping the brows feathery and the cheeks bare, Robbie swept just a hint of brown shadow on Anne’s lower lids to match her lips.
Brown isn’t just for grunge. Rhian Ramos looks TV-ready in this glammed-up look. The actress wears a shade that’s just darker than your standard MLBB (My Lips But Better) color, swiping a smooth matte color on her lips and sporting long lashes.
Got the attitude to pull off dark lipstick in the daytime? Take notes from young model Kaila Estrada. A satin finish from a bullet formula is less intimidating than strong, liquid lipstick, and is easier to apply and re-touch throughout the day. Sweep a matte peach shade on your lids for a nice touch.
Beauty blogger Raiza Contawi is wearing the most wearable version of them all, proving that you can apply this sienna color on your lips in the daytime. The easiest way to wear this is through a lip stain formula in this shade, dabbing it around your lip area with your ring finger to diffuse the color until you reach your desired look.
Max Collins looks every bit the vintage beauty here in a ‘60s-inspired look with solid eyebrows and a retro winged eyeliner. Keep everything looking classic by sticking to one shade—the brown shadow swept under her lids just about match the color on her lips. Finish with long lashes for that glamorous mod look!
Yes, dark lipstick can look elegant — and Ruffa Gutierrez just about proves it here! The actress is wearing Tom Ford in Black Orchid here in its full power. The deep hue does not detract from her entire face, and even makes her diamond jewelry stand out. Her lips beautifully contrast against her white ensemble, and to keep everything refined, the rest of Ruffa’s face is swept with a warm, shimmery shade, and her hair is tied in a sleek low ponytail.
A sure way to wear darker colors in more casual, everyday situations is to keep the sheen on. Rosenthal Tee is wearing a glossy plum hue on her lips by Anthea Bueno, who keeps the designer’s face bare everywhere else except for a light, shimmery powder on her eyes. For daytime wear, it’s best to keep everything simple when you’re wearing a statement color on your lips.
Bianca Gonzalez shows us how dark colors can also be worn in work-appropriate situations, with a more wearable version of purple lipstick. The TV host dials down on the dark tone, letting the lips stand out. Her face is kept light with more natural hues. Groomed brows and long lashes ultimately give this a more polished vibe.
Are you still starting out with dark colors? Aside from making a drastic change, ease into deeper colors like this hue on Solenn Heussaff. The actress and personality is wearing a berry shade on her lips and a light, no-makeup look everywhere else. Her lips are lined with lip liner in a similar shade to avoid “bleeding” later on in the day. Begin with this shade for everyday use then slowly work your way up towards darker and more unique colors.
Remember when celebrities back then wore darker lip liner over their actual lip color? Sarah Lahbati absolutely nails this ‘90s-inspired look, who can pass for those cool girls who figured in your MTV posters from way back. Taking the brown lip trend further, Anthea Bueno goes full-on throwback with Sarah’s look with a two-tone formula on her lips, modified for today’s standards — the colors fade in a more natural gradient, with the darker outer color only barely discernible.
Dark lipstick can underscore some of your most stylish street looks, as showcased here by Lovi Poe. The actress keeps her look easy yet well put-together with a maroon lip color, paired only with feathery brows and a slick ponytail to go with her cropped sweater and brown denim. Her golden hoop earrings just add the right touch of bling.
Here’s a style tip you can pick up from Coleen Garcia: pair your lip color with your dress! The actress wore a two-tone plum dress by Rosenthal Tee, swiping a similar color on her lips to complete the look.