I've always thought the beauty of makeup is that you get to be whoever the hell you want to be — for whatever amount of time you like. It all comes off, right? And, nothing communicates a different persona quite like a lip, which is why I'm so interested in trying out fall's exciting, jewel-toned colors.
I think people feel there aren't too many options for pulling off darker lips. They can also be a little intimidating, because it's a whole lot of look. But, I recently fell in love with an eggplant color from NARS, called Palais Royal. It's part of the brand's Satin Lip Pencil collection, so it has a sheer sort of texture. This can be great if you're just dipping your toes into the trend, but I was going for something deep and vampy — and I wanted this color to do it.
So, I mixed black eyeliner with a little bit of balm and applied that all over the mouth. Then, I filled it in with the eggplant shade. To get those ultra precise lines, you can dip an angled eyeliner brush into your lipstick and create a dramatic shape — just like you'd do with a cat-eye! A good rule of thumb is: The sharper the lines, the more opaque the color. (Otherwise, it can look a bit dated.)
If this is a bit too vamp for you, you could run a Q-tip over the edges for a blurred, wine-mouth sort of vibe: It would be a bit more romantic and stained. I kept everything else pretty bare — minimal concealing, one coat of mascara, and not much else. It's fun to let the mouth do the talking.
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