Spotted: Dark, berry lips backstage at the fall 2012 fashion shows of Donna Karan, YSL and Gucci. The vampy trend is a throwback that originated in a much more romantic way in the 1920's, resurfaced as Gothic glam the '90's and is now influenced by vampire culture, in a modern, yet feminine way. As of late, I've been receiving a surplus amount of these pigments to test out, and spoke with Giorgio Armani's Celebrity Makeup Artist, Tim Quinn to find out how to rock the trend the right way. Tip 1: Find the Right Shade
"For the dark berry lip I look to all the elements; hair, skin and eye color," Quinn explains. "Cranberry tones work well on fairer complexions and blackberry shades work well on both dark complexions as well as the very fair skinned, dark haired beauties." His favorite is the Armani Rouge d'Armani Lipsticks, specifically Rouge #408. I've been wearing Mark Make It Rich Lip Color Crayon in Peony. It works for my skintone, but they have berry shades that flatter all for only $11.
Tip 2: Choose the Right Texture
Sheer? Glossy? Matte? Who gives? You have to! This fall it's all about a saturated matte finish. This way, it doesn't compete with the textures of your fall wardrobe. The pigment compliments it.
Tip 3: Stay in Control
When going bold on the lip keep the rest of your makeup simple as the dark lip needs to remain your focal point. "Not too smokey on the eyes, not too much color on the cheeks, and make sure that you wear the lip with confidence," Quinn states.