How To Wear Bright Lipstick If You Have Dark Lips

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I don’t know about you, but I was quite smitten with all the bright-colored lips that went down the spring 2012 runways. We spotted corals, reds and even blue-colored lips on the runways of Christian Dior, Jason Wu, and Richard Chai. As a lipstick lover, my eyes bounced with glee. I was trying to figure out how can I make these colors work for me. You see, finding bright-colored lipstick that flatters the myriad complexions of black women is quite a task. What’s a tad bit more challenging is finding one that really shows up when you have dark lips.

Unlike women who smoke, I was actually born with dark lips. I grew up slightly envying the brown girls who had natural pink lips. Even when I bought my first red lipstick as a teenager, the makeup artist told me that the color will look a little different because I have dark lips. That was years ago and times have changed, technology has changed, and the beauty industry is cranking out products to help those of us with dark lips get in on the lip trends too. Fortunately for you, we have the scoop on how to rock bright lipsticks if you have dark lips.

Bright Lipstick Tips for Dark Lips

1. Exfoliate your lips

Exfoliate Your Lips

Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub, $18 from Sephora

In this day and age you can scrub and buff just about every body part. Lip scrubs are a fantastic way to soften your lips and help brighten them. They also help color to last longer. You can also use a toothbrush with a little sugar and water for a homemade scrub.

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  • Ash

    Thank you so much for this!