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Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick this season

Carlyle Routh

Author: Julia McEwen

Beauty

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Changing to a darker lip for autumn is expected, but this season's nearly noir berry lipsticks take "going to the dark side" to the next level. Makeup artist Grace Lee shows us how deeper shades can look flattering and modern.

This fall, the new look in lipstick is all about drama, with deeper-than-deep berry hues and, in some cases, jet black. Models from such influential fashion brands as Dior and Marc Jacobs strutted down the Fall 2016 catwalks wearing goth-inspired black lips while social media queen Kylie Jenner launched a black liquid matte lipstick called Dead of Knight, which sold out in minutes. High fashion and niche celeb beauty brands aren't the one ones going dark, either; when CoverGirl launched 11 lipsticks with Katy Perry earlier this year, the shade that got the most buzz was Perry Panther, a demi-matte black.

Scared to try a full-on black lip? Just interpret the trend in your own way, says Grace Lee, Maybelline New York's lead makeup artist in Canada. "Fashion is a way to inspire people," she says. "You can be inspired by runway shows and by celebrities, but you don't have to take things literally."

Start with the red spectrum—a classic. "Red looks good on everyone," says Lee. She suggests choosing a lipstick with a sheer finish or, if you're already comfortable with that, a more opaque formula. And if you're feeling brave, go for a deeper red, plum or blackberry hue. "It's like getting accustomed to red wine. You start with a Pinot and work your way up to a Merlot—something a little more rich."

Remember that when you go bold with lip colour, whether it's crimson, wine or black currant, all eyes will be on your pucker, so minimize your other makeup to avoid looking costumey or goth. "Make sure your skin looks fresh, your eyebrows are groomed and you have a bit of mascara—that's it," says Lee. For regular wear, she advises using your finger for a stain application. "When you apply lipstick directly from the brush or tube, you don't have as much control," she explains. Pressing the colour into your lip with your fingertip also helps set the pigment, giving you a more natural look and boosting your lippy's staying power.

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Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Maroon meow

CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Maroon Meow, $11, covergirl.ca.

Image by: CoverGirl By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Royale

Annabelle Twist Up Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Royale, $10, annabelle.com.

Image by: Annabelle By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Jam on it

Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Jam On It, $25, sephora.ca.

Image by: Smashbox By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Infatuation

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Infatuation, $11.50, revlon.ca.

Image by: Revlon By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

The plums

Nyx Professional Makeup Pro Lip Cream Palette in The Plums, $17, nyxcosmetics.ca

Image by: NYX By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Damned

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned, $24, sephora.ca.

Image by: Sephora By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Bold bordeaux

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Bold Bordeaux, $14, lorealparis.ca.

Image by: L'Oreal Paris By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Beetroot

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot, $30, sephora.ca.

Image by: Sephora By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Berry Boss

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Berry Bossy, $10, maybelline.ca.

Image by: Maybelline By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Michelle

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Supreme in Michelle, $26, lisewatier.com.

Image by: Lise Watier By: Alexandra Donaldson

Go to the dark side with the best lipstick picks of the season

Wet suit

Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Wet Suit, $26, sephora.ca.

Image by: Tarte By: Alexandra Donaldson

 

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