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For every bright red or creamy nude lipstick, there's a ton of deep scarlets, violets and browns out there just waiting to be tried out.

A vampy dark lip is perfect on the red carpet, but for a night down the pub it definitely takes some extra confidence. That said though, once you've gone for a darker shade you won't look back.

If you're considering swapping to a darker colour, follow these tips to ensure you apply it like a pro.

1. Choose the right shade for your skin tone
Giving the colour a test drive before you buy it is key – avoid any shades that made you look washed out or tired. Generally, olive-skinned girls should go for livelier shades like reddish-browns and vibrant purples, while paler skinned girls can get away with cooler, inkier tones.


2. Don't let it thin your lips
One reason many women shy away from darker colours is the fear it'll make their lips look thinner. This is a common problem, but it's easily solved. Either try an ombre look, or use concealer for a simple fix – using your lip brush, gently apply some concealer to the outer edges of your lips after applying your lipstick. This will clean up smudges and give the illusion of a fuller lip.


3. Go for a long-lasting lippy
Smeared violet lipstick is not a good look – a bold lip needs to look flawless, and smudges are more visible with darker colours. Go for a long-lasting lipstick and ensure extra staying power by lining your lips and using concealer on the edges.


4. Apply it with a brush
Avoid having to start over again and again by applying your lippy carefully with a lip brush. Move from each outer corner inward to the centre of the lips and then fill in any gaps.


5. Forget about lip gloss
​Dark lips have enough 'oomph' without piling on lip gloss. And using gloss only reduces the staying power of your lippy, so leave it out when working a darker colour.



From hair mascara to blue eyeshadow, Nineties beauty trends are having something of a revival at the moment.

With that in mind, we reckon it's time to say goodbye to that bold red lip in favour of something a little more retro.

If you have fairer skin, brown lipsticks with red and orange undertones will work best, as vampy purplish browns can drain you, while nude browns can be too light.

However lipsticks can give off different colours depending on your skin tone, so be sure to try a swatch on your hand before even considering buying anything.

If you're a pale-skinned gal, we recommend going less Kylie Jenner and more Scully from The X Files when it comes to your choice of shade. Not as on-trend, but by God could Scully rock an orange toned lipstick.

Here are a few shades to get you started…

1. MAC Persistence
Described as a 'peachy cinnamon,' this terracotta brown will live up to all your Nineties dreams.


2. Maybelline Crazy for Coffee
This is bordering on nude, but with a hint of earthy brown – perfect if you're nervous about taking the plunge.


3. Charlotte Tilbury Birkin Brown
At €30, this is definitely the most expensive on our list, but Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of bold lipsticks. We can't get enough of this shade, inspired by Naomi Campbell and Jane Birkin.


4. NYX Butter Gloss Praline
NYX's Butter Gloss has all the staying power of a lipstick, but with a high-gloss sheen. This creamy reddish-brown will suit most skin tones.


5. Rimmel Lasting Finish Starry Eyed
If you want something more dramatic, give this a go – a berry-toned brown shade that is perfect for a night out.


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