How To: Do a Dark Lip

Wine-toned lips are pretty much universally flattering no matter your skin tone. They come in a variety of shades and finishes from sheer to shimmer to cream. So, much like that elusive perfect pinot, your perfect lipstick is out there. Start by selecting your undertone. Are you fair? Choose something with a red, berry base. Is your complexion more pinkish? Opt for a light raspberry or black cheery. Slightly darker? Stick to warm, reddish tones that will have more impact. Yellow understones? Add some hints of chocolate. See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Nira Arora rocks a dark lip.

Liquid Lipstick: Confident

It may not look like your average lipstick, and that's because it isn't. This rose-wax and jojoba oil based liquid lipstick goes on smooth and keep lips soft and hydrated all day long. Apply generously to achieve a dark, rich colour.

Available at LUSH $19.95*

M.A.C. Lipstick: Power Driven

A lipstick with hundreds of hues. This is the iconic product that made M.A.C. famous. Formulated to shade, define and showcase your lips, M.A.C. lipstick comes in a variety of textures from barely-there sheer to bold matte.

Available at the M.A.C. counter at Hudson's Bay $21*

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick: Vampira

Drench your lips with bold colour and unstoppable femininity. Designed to look as rock ‘n roll as its wearer, this revolutionary lipstick is formulated with Colour Cushion Technology™, which combines lasting-wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet-touch comfort.

Available at Sephora $26*

Colour Crush Matte Lipstick: Osaka Plum

Show your true colours this party season with this bold matte lipstick. This 100% vegetarian lipstick is made with high-purity pigments and enriched with Community Trade Brazil nut oil and beeswax for a nourishing, long-lasting finish.

Available at The Body Shop $15*

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick: Tannin

Swipe on bold, creamy lip color with Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche. Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip colour with weightless coverage and a citrus flavour made from fresh pressed fruit.

Available at Sephora $30*

How do you feel about wine-coloured lips? Will you give it a try this season or do you prefer your wine in your glass?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.