The time has come for bold and bright to give way to the deep, dark lip colors of fall. Much like red lipstick, women often think they can’t wear a richly pigmented lip, but as long as you know what you’re doing dark lipstick can look remarkably chic. The far from color shy makeup artist Elyse Reneau is here with the guidance and inspiration you need to embrace the darker side of beauty. Without further ado, here are MDC’s do’s and don’ts of dark lipstick…

dark lipstick how to

Step #1: Exfoliate and Moisturize

Step #2: Line Your Lips

DO line your lips with a lip pencil similar in color to your lipstick first. This allows you to establish the boundaries of your lip and the pencil helps hold the color in place. 

Step #3: How to Apply the Lipstick

Step #4: Don't Forget Your Eyes and Cheeks

Step #5: Final Check!

DON’T forget to do a teeth check! DO pick a shade you love…


Our models are wearing Lancôme Rouge in Love in Rouge Valentine and Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick in Poisonberry. No matter what shade you wear, wear it with confidence.

Will you wear dark lipstick this fall?
If so, tell us your favorite hue below.

Photo: Dan Wolner 

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