Dark Lips on Real Girls
If you have fair skin, Powers recommends a gloss. “The transparent nature of a gloss will let a little of your natural lip color come through and soften the overall contrast between lip color and skin.” She suggests CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Peony, $6.49.
For medium skin tones, stick with a burgundy shade, like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Lipstick SPF 15 in Red Taboo, $34, or Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Vintage Wine, $14.50.
If you have dark skin, go for a really deep shade, like Nars Lipstick in Viridiana, $24. “Deep skin tones can get away with pushing the envelope with vampy dark lipsticks, so be daring and choose a color that looks almost too dark to wear,” says Powers.