Winter is prime time to pull out your dark lipsticks, but let's be honest: these edgy hues can be intimidating. Don't relegate these moody shades to your vanity drawers — we promise it is possible to rock this hue without looking like a vampire. Just ask the four ladies who were rocking dark lipstick last night at the Grammys preparties! Lorde, Hilary Duff, LeAnn Rimes, and Victoria Justice were all out and about with deep-hued pouts.
Katie Hughes, global color ambassador for Butter London, says that this color is pretty accessible. "I love a dark lip, especially on pale skin," she says. "The best part is that the look is quite easy to achieve. Use Butter London's Lippy Tinted Balm in Black Cherry ($20) alone or layer it over a lip pencil in a similar shade." If the color comes out too dark, Hughes says to blot your lips with a tissue until you reach your desired shade.
As for the rest of your makeup? "My general rule with dark lips is to keep eyes very, very simple and clean with just mascara," she says. "Skin should be kept fresh and light for a cooler look." And you thought you couldn't ace this easy trend!