Looks To Try This Fall #2: Dark Lips

Dark lips has always been a signature look for fall. And this year, the ethereal gothic look was turned up a notch with shades ranging from deep rose, wine stained to dark purples. At Derek Lam, various shades of brown, maroon and burgundy were mixed together to create a saturated stain while Bibhu Mohapatra (top right) paired dark cherry lips with a wet, metallic eye. Taking things to the extreme was Veronique Branquinho (top left), where models donned an ultra sophisticated glossy purple lip, courtesy of red lipstick mixed with purple eyeliner.

Dark lipstick trend for A/W 2013

Olive eyeshadow and burgundy lipstick fall makeup look

Wearing NARS La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick with Paramaribo Duo Eyeshadow

Products Used
* Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation in Creamy 80 – blended with Make Up For Ever Artisan 106 Foundation Brush
* Senna Form-A-Brow Eyebrow Stencil Kit in Neutral – right shade on brows
* NARS Paramaribo Duo Eyeshadow – left shade on the lid, right shade on the lower eye
* NARS Eye Paint in Black Valley – along upper lashline and winged out
* Lancome Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara in Extra Black – top and bottom lashes
* Ardell False Eyelashes
* MAC Fascinating Eye Khol – lower waterline
* NARS Copacabana Illuminator – down the nose
* NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple – lightly on cheeks
* NARS La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick all over topped with MAC Nocturnelle Eyeshadow on the center
* Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in FBI – to clean up lip line

Extra Tip
* With the lips being the focus of the look, remember to keep skin clean and evened out with foundation and cheeks minimally defined.

Like what you see? Try my other Fall 2013 makeup look as well!

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, Glamour.com, 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.


    • Thanks! I have never really been a dark lip kind of girl but the colors and formulas nowadays are so much more wearable :)

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