STEP 1: Use a Lip Primer
Swipe on a lip primer like the NYX Professional Makeup Lip Primer
in nude or deep nude (depending on your skin tone) to ensure your lips are smooth and even. Lip primer also helps to act as a guide so you don’t stray outside of the lines.
STEP 2: Conceal
Next, apply a neutral concealer to the lips to create a blank canvas. This helps you get the best color payoff (especially if you have naturally two-toned lips) and a more long-lasting finish.
STEP 3: Line Your Lips
Line your lips with a transparent liner, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Ozone
, or a shade that matches your lipstick.
STEP 4: Apply Your Lipstick
The key to applying dark lipstick is precision, which is why we recommend applying the color with a lip brush so that you can control placement and the amount of product you use. We like the IT Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Essential Retractable Lip Brush
. If you’re looking for a good vampy lipstick to try, we recommend the cult-favorite Maybelline New York Superstay Liquid Lipstick in Escapist
. If you want a dark hue with a bit of shine, the NYX Professional Makeup Shine Loud High Shine Lip Color in Never Basic
is a dual-ended lippie that offers a matte and gloss finish.