Let’s face it. With little time in the morning, there are few things we change in our makeup routine. But switching up your lipstick is a quick and easy way to bust out of a beauty rut. With fall officially here, it’s the perfect time to try a darker shade, like our favorite — wine.
This bold hue was seen all over the Fall ’13 runways on the models at Derek Lam (pictured above), Vera Wang, Miu Miu and Fendi. Because the color is so dramatic (and borderline gothic), the rest of the face was kept bare. Even the skin was almost completely matte to give the lip complete focus. And now the trend has hit the red carpet with the likes of Selena Gomez, Sarah Hyland and Stacy Keibler trying different variations of the dark burgundy.
To try a less intimidating version of the color at home, we suggest one fool-proof trick — start with a lighter color. Choose a lipstick that falls more on the red spectrum than purple. Nars Lipstick in Afghan Red ($26, narscometics.com) has a silky, shiny finish that lasts all day. Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Bramble ($24, sephora.com) has a lighter formula so you can create a stain effect instead of a bold pop of color. And if you want to go one step further with a darker, more purplish hue, blend your deep red with a darker shade. Layer a brownish burgundy lipstick, like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Anita ($18, occmakeup.com), over the red. This glossy lipstick gives you complete control of just how dark you go so you can find the shade that works best for you.