Autumn is here, and with it comes my favourite colour palette of rusts, plums and burgundies. I usually stick to these shades in my sartorial choices, but I'm tempted to try a dark-lip look because, let's face it, we all love a bit of drama. I'm usually much more of an eye girl, brown and smoky being my thing, whilst keeping my lips nude, matte and out of the way. I find lip colour a bit daunting, especially when it's bright. I think it comes from having big lips and being scared that they’ll just take over my face!
Since the dark vampy lip is a big autumn/winter 2016 trend, it seems now is as good a time as any to brave it. I find that dark lips can be overlooked for their much more conventional sister, the classic red. But I'm warming to the idea of the dark lip as the ultimate chic, autumnal look. All that's left to decide is do you go matte or glossy? It's a debate that has been rumbling on for a while, and I wanted to see whether a glossy lip can work for me or whether I should stick to my much-loved matte texture. Keep scrolling to see which look I preferred, and let me know in the comments below which look you're tempted to try…
Amber Le bon
I’ve never been a fan of the really thick opaque lipsticks that you have to powder down to get matte. Instead of the constricted heavy feeling, the new wave of lightweight velvety mattes glide on with ease. The one I'm using here is Dior Poison (£27), a dark purple colour.
It went on smooth and all in all, it was a pretty even coverage. First, I used a MAC Lip Pencil in Currant (£13) to stop feathering and give definition to my lips. I also like to colour a bit under the lipstick to add depth. Then I like to sweep and smudge the lipstick on straight from the tube rather than with a brush; this is purely out of habit!
Amber Le Bon
I absolutely adore the texture of this lipstick, it's matte but not drying or so stiff you need a palatte knife to get it on! The colour was slightly too purple for me. For my skin tone I think I need a bit more red in the mix, but as purple goes, this is a good one. The one thing that is really important with matte lip colour is to have very hydrated lips, as it does tend to sit in the cracks, so scrub your lips with an old toothbrush and dab with balm beforehand.
Amber Le Bon
For the glossy lip, I used a Bobbi Brown lipstick in Blackberry (£21), which is more of a reddish rust colour, with a gloss on top. You may think a gloss doesn't require it, but a lip pencil is a must! The nature of gloss is to bleed and the pencil prevents this. I ended up finding a vintage pencil from the eighties that matched perfectly but sadly is out of production, but there is a NYX lip liner pencil in Cabaret (£3), which would be perfect. I followed the same steps as before: liner first with extra colouring, then the lipstick. To give it true shine, I applied a layer of gloss. You can either use a tinted one for an extra colour kick, or, like me, use a clear gloss. I used one from The Body Shop.
Amber Le Bon
The colour of this lip was much warmer, and better suited to my skin tone and eye colour. As a green-eyed girl, reds and pinks make my eyes pop, whereas purple colours can dull them down.
Wearing dark lips was fun! To begin with, I was very aware and slightly self-conscious that I was wearing a dark lipstick. As the day went on, however, I completely forgot. This was fine with the matte lip as the Dior lipstick had real staying power, but when it came to the glossy lips… not so much.
I quickly realised that it’s not friends with long, loose hair. The entire time I was wearing the glossy lip I had to keep checking it for smudges or hair flicks across my face. Note to self: Pair a glossy lip with slicked-back hair.
As much as I love the shine of the gloss, the velvet of the matte is super sultry. Sadly, glossy has not been able to tempt my heart away from its long-time lover, matte. Dark lipstick, however, has won me over and I'm predicting a lasting love affair.
Which look to you love the most? Tell us in the comments!
Opening Image: Amber Le Bon