Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Dark Side: Autumn/Winter Lipstick Preview

 You all probably know by now that dark lips are very big this season, but with so many shades out there it can be hard to tell which one is right for you. This is mainly because there is often a huge difference between how a lipstick looks in the bullet and how it looks on your lips and in the context of your whole face.

After watching a fantastic dark lipstick tutorial by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, I felt inspired and decided to dig out all those lipsticks/glosses/pencils I have bought in the last few years and show them the light of day!

Some are very recent releases, some a few seasons old, but the one thing they all have in common is they are dark, often very dark. For the rest of this week (however long it takes really, I'll try not to bore you all stupid with it) I will be going through this part of my lipstick collection to show you the shades in detail. The aim is to put them in some kind of colour groupings but I'm not too sure how this will work in practice.

The Dark Side: My Collection
The products featured range in price from £3.49 to £35 (you guessed it, Tom Ford is there, hidden at the back), from Rimmel & 17 to MAC and Chanel, hopefully there should be something for all budgets. This post is just a preview of the what to expect this week.

If you have any must-have dark lipsticks then do let me know. I haven't been able to trawl the makeup counters very much the last few years and have resorted to buying online, but I desperately miss being able to see lipsticks in their true form rather than poor computerised swatches. For that reason I love personal recommendations. The amount of choice of lipstick out there is staggering so it is always nice to have somewhere to start, be it a specific brand, formula or actual colour.

Now I just need to learn how to apply lipstick properly, these dark shades can be very unforgiving for those of shaky hand!


  1. What a beautiful assortment of rich colored lip-colors! I am *very* afraid of dark hues on my lips (red esp)- it may be in part to not being able to really play in person as well as my hair being so dark- maybe I'm just in a nude funk. I think the *darkest/reddest* lippie in my stash is Lipstick Queen Medieval and there may be a Clinique Black Honey somewhere in there too. I can't wait to read your posts this week, maybe I can find something that won't overwhelm me. x jeanie

  2. Hi Jeanie,
    I find that the paler i've got, the more interested I am in darker lips. When I was tanned (about 4 years ago) I always used to wear nudes but now they just make me look a little ill! The main problem I have with dark colours is being paranoid I have lipstick on my teeth.

    How have you found Medieval? I've been looking at it online for a while, really want to try the range. Does it give a stain or is it more of a balm type finish on the lips? How dark does it come up?