Deep, dramatic lipstick is no longer a one-season wonder—just ask Beyoncé, who left Instagram fans shook with her ravishing dark lip colour last spring. Whether worn with a romantic floral dress in warm weather, or with cozy knits to usher in the cooler months, shades of burgundy, browns and even black are truly a new classic. Matte finishes deliver the most intense level of colour-wow, a look that pairs best with glowing skin and bright eyes, bringing life to your complexion. That balance of texture makes for a makeup masterpiece, and consider your majestic mouth the ultimate focal point.
Step 1: Choose a foundation rich in luminizing pigments and apply with a foundation brush, starting in the centre of your face and blending outwards. Use concealer to hide any dark circles and blemishes, which can appear amplified when wearing a deep statement lip.
Try: Clinique EVEN Better™ Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15
Step 2: To achieve a radiant glow, apply a liquid highlighter using the same foundation brush. Blend it in along the tops of cheekbones and then downward in a chevron shape. Finish by accenting the brow bones.
Try: Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer
Step 3: To bring natural definition and shape to your eyes, apply black eyeliner in a V-shape along the lash lines, focusing on the outer corners and stopping around the centre of the pupil. Be sure to blend the eyeliner toward the lash line for a seamless look.
Try: Clarins 4-Colour All-In-One Pen
Step 4: Brighten your eye area even more by sweeping a shimmering amber gold eyeshadow over the entire eyelid.
Try: Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette
Step 5: Next, amp up the sparkle with a layer of liquid gold glitter overtop.
Try: Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Gold Goddess
Step 6: Finish off with volumizing mascara: Coat the upper lashes and turn the wand vertically to reach the tiny hairs along the lower lash line. Brush through with a metal comb to remove any clumps.
Try: Elizabeth Arden Standing Ovation Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black
Step 7: Now it’s time for the main attraction. Apply a black cream lipstick using a lip brush for more control. Since dark colours tend to make objects appear smaller, amplify the shape just a touch, neatly tracing just outside of your lip line.
Try: Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Bankrolled
Step 8: Use a matte lipstick transformer overtop to remove all shine for a statement lip that says ‘go bold or go home.’
Try: Smashbox Insta-Matte Lip Transformer