How To: Wear Dark Vampy Lipstick

Vampy lips totally made a comeback on the red carpet at the 2012 MET Ball and Lana Del Rey, Camilla Belle and Kate Bosworth were just a few who rocked the look. To learn how you too can nail dark lipstick, check out the tips below.

Dark vampy lipstick at 2012 MET Ball

* Pick the right shade. If you have fair skin tones, go for brick red or berry; medium skin tones should stick to burgundy and maroon; while dark skin tones can pull off wines and browns.

* Prep your lips. Exfoliate them to remove dead skin and apply the lipstick can go on more evenly.

* Precision is a must. To prevent bleeding, clean up your lip line with a brush dipped in concealer and line your lips with a lip liner in a similar shade before and after applying the lipstick.

* Dark matte colors can have an aging effect and make your lips appear thinner. To make the look more wearable, add a dash of gloss like Camilla. Just make sure you don’t go overboard as too much glosses can cause the color to migrate more easily.

* With so much focus on the lips, it is best to keep the rest of your face simple. Stick with a neutral eye, understated blush and clean brows.

Note: In the picture above, Kate Bosworth is wearing NARS Volga Pure Matte Lipstick while Camilla rocks ck one lipstick in smooch topped with ck one lipgloss in mad.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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