They say it can’t be done. Beauty editors are always advising readers to pick one feature — lips or eyes — to focus on. While I agree that dark lips and dark eyes can often be overwhelming, especially if you’re fair, have blonde hair or light eyes, I think almost everyone can pull off a dark lip and dark eye. Magazines tell you not to because they don’t trust that you’ll be able to do it on your own. They assume that most of us are amateurs, incapable of finding the delicate balance needed to rock a smoky eye and vampy lipstick.
I’m not a makeup artist, but I’ve been reading fashion and beauty magazines for a decade, so I would like to think that I have some knowledge on the subject. I think it can be done. Wearing dark lipstick and a smoky eye isn’t for the faint of heart; you have to find the delicate balance between edgy and terrifying.
When it comes to your eye makeup, I recommend not doing a full out smoky eye with thick black liner and eye shadow reaching your eyebrows. Instead, line your eye with the actual eye shadow and lightly extend the line past the outside corner. Line the bottom, connecting it with the extended line on top. This will play up your eye shape. Smudge a second color on the lid (I personally like a grayish beige color) and run the same color over the black liner on the bottom to make it a little softer. Finish with full lashes, especially at the outside corners.
Apply a few coats of dark lipstick, blotting with a tissue and applying translucent powder between each layer — this will make your lipstick last all night. Keep the rest of your face simple. Light foundation, a small hint of blush so you don’t look washed out. And if you must wear bronzer, make sure it is only a shade or two darker than the rest of your face. Obviously, if you have a dark complexion, you have the freedom to go more extreme on the eyes and lips, since it won’t overwhelm you. I, on the other hand, have fair skin, red hair and green eyes, so I have to keep it simple, but it can be done!
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