The latest cosmopolitan lip trend that we spotted plastered across the runways of the upcoming Spring/Summer season? Dark AF lips that are worthy of Fairuza Balk. See above: a slightly mauve-y take on it that was messily applied on the lips of models at Rick Owens to vampy, reds at Jil Sander. After all, if it’s good enough for cool girls like Kaia Gerber and the Hadid sisters – who all paraded down the Max Mara runway in a utilitarian uniform of grey schoolboy shorts and shirts, plaited hair and dark lips (a la Wednesday Addams) – surely it’s good enough for us.
Read on for our curation of the best dark lipsticks that will both make a bold statement against fair skin and complement darker skin tones at the same time.
With soja seed extract, brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil infused into its formula, this high-pigment, satin lipstick goes on beautifully with a single swipe.
Two things that make a lipstick so great are mashed together in this Estee Lauder one – glitter and lip-loving ingredients. Thanks to the inclusion of superfruit ingredients such as pomegranate, mango and acai – that all help condition and soften lips – your puckers are in for a treat while being well-dressed.
Imagine the creamy comfort of a balm with the chicness of a matte-finish powder lipstick, and that’s basically what this lippie is in a nutshell. It’s also said to blur any imperfection on the lips.
If you weren’t already aware, you can now shop Charlotte Tilbury in stores and online at Sephora. Containing antioxidant lipstick tree and orchid extracts to soothe, hydrate and protect your lips, the 3D glowing pigments in the formula also create an illusion of fuller lips. Our pick? This vampy, purple berry hue that’s a sophisticated, statement shade.
We love its ultra-slim shape because it allows for flawless definition even along the small corner of our mouths. Plus, just how sleek is this gold applicator?
For a glossy, vinyl-finish, here’s a lip-softening gloss loaded with hydrating colour from By Terry. The high concentration of hyaluronic acid in it is what will be your lips’ saving grace because it works to attract and retain moisture.
This pick from Laura Mercier is said to have a six-hour vibrancy without bleeding, feathering, drying, fading or settling into lines. Infused with Mediterranean sea algae extract, this one has a moisturising formula that smoothens the lip surface to create the perfect canvas for pigment to go on.
Inspired by the iconic punk fashion of the 1970s, Nars’ iconic Audacious lipstick receives a revamp of a studded silhouette that was popular during that era. Like its packaging, here lies a deep plum shade that matches shades used at Max Mara.