When it comes to the latest in beauty trends we’d be remiss not to mention the return of this season’s famous dark-colored pout. We first saw the deep, plum lip on Rihanna in 2008 at the BET Awards, and since then a number of celebrities and fashion designers alike have adopted the trend to compliment their looks.

The berry-like shade is the perfect combination of a feminine edge without being too sinister. Just like all trends, while it may not work for you specifically, we’d like to think you’d consider switching up your routine and give it a whirl, even if you don’t have the guts to leave the house with it on.

Here are a couple of tips on how to wear the festive trend without looking washed out:

1. Dark shades can very be unforgiving so be sure to exfoliate your lips to avoid any cracks or peeling. For an at-home method, liberally apply Vitamin E oil with a pinch or two of sugar and brush your lips with a dry toothbrush.

2. The key to executing the dramatic dark lip is to keep it simple with minimal eye makeup. A peach or brown eye is ideal. Also remember that matte lip colors look best with darker colors (think wines and raspberries).

Let us know: have you tried a dark lippie? What were your results? What shades work best with your skin tone?

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  • terri a.

    I love it! With such full lips I shy away from the bright colors. Glad to know I can be ‘in trend’

  • Chastity J.

    Great article!!! I just did the big chop to my hair, so I’ve been trying to find new ways to experiment with my lip color since I’m feeling daring. I’ll definitely give these tips a try!

  • Bee

    Also make sure that if you’re going to use MAC or any lipstick that it is lead-free, paraben-free or chemical-free. There’s been many studies conducted on the harmful effects of the ingredients of many popular cosmetic brands.

  • B

    I am in LOVE with Make Up Forever’s Pearly Violet, a violet lipstick with pink undertones. It goes very nicely with my skin tone. Now I need eye shadow to complement it.

  • tonisha

    an affordable amazing dark lipstick i just picked up yesterday would have to be revlon black cherry it looks extra dark in the tube almost too dark but it has a “cherry red” hint of color. its 4.99 at targets and walmarts