12 Gorgeous Ways to Wear Dark Lipstick

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12 Gorgeous Ways to Wear Dark Lipstick
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We love the rich lipsticks of fall, but how to wear dark lipstick is still a question we’re left contemplating as soon as the weather turns cold. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a teenage goth to make vampy colors work for you—and we’ve got the proof. If you’ve been holding back on deep plums or rich reds for fear of not knowing how to apply them, don’t worry—we’ve got you. Here are 10 beautiful ways to wear dark lipstick.

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A deep burgundy is the perfect fall shade to experiment with—paired with glowing skin and mascara only, Emmy Rossum's look is one we want to copy all year long.

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With an olive complexion like Jessica Alba's, you can get away with a red-purple shade without looking overly vampy.

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Pair plum lips with a hint of pink blush for a really modern, totally non-scary look like Rooney Mara is rocking.

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Add a touch of brown with brick red like Julianne Hough's lipstick. The dark color even works with her pale complexion.

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Making it matte and sticking with a simple side-part is a guaranteed way to look glam, rather than goth. Rihanna does it so well!

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For an even bolder look, go matte like Katy Perry did here. Topknots are optional, of course.

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The high-gloss shine on Katie Cassidy's lips downplays the dark color.

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Feeling really daring? Apply a blackish-red shade like Khloe Kardashian.

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Baby steps. For a subtle dark hue, apply the lipstick and blot, blot, blot. Add a dab of gloss for shine like Krysten Ritter.

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How '90s is this look on Lily Collins? To downplay the dark lipstick, create an ombré effect by dabbing a lighter red in the center of the lip.

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And again, she embraces the dark side with an almost-black lip shade paired with spiky lashes and brushed brows for a modern look.

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Sophia Bush's combo of dark lipstick and white eye shadow is so winter-ready.

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