I had long admired women who wore beautiful dark lipstick and always assumed they wouldn't suit be because I'm too pale. I eventually bit the bullet and tried dark lipsticks but it took some trial and error to figure out how to do the rest of my makeup so I don't get washed out. So I'm here to share my tips.
Eyes: Stick to simple and neutral eyeshadow. I used a light matte brown all over my lid (Urban Decay Naked), a dark brown in the crease and lower lash line (Urban Decay Darkhorse), and a satiny cream shadow in the inner corners of my eyes. I think it's important to fill in your brows and wear some bold eyeliner to balance the look.
Face: Dark and bold lipsticks can bring out imperfections in your skin so wear your usual base makeup. I'd suggest adding a bronzer or contour to warm up your skin. I personally use MAC Blush in Harmony to contour my face.
Cheeks: Mauve, berry, coral, and dark pink blushes all work with dark lipsticks. I have used MAC Blush in Dollymix which is a dark pink with a slight shimmer.
Lips: I have choosen Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in "Black Cherry" as it's a beautiful dark burgundy shade and is very affordable. A good lipstick shouldn't need a lip liner but if you prefer to use one, MAC's Lip Pencil in Vino goes well. If "Black Cherry" seems too scary, MAC Lipstick in Rebel is a less bold but equally pretty option.
I hope this helps anyone who is too afraid to wear a very dark lip colour.
Don't forget to check out Christine from Little Red Bow!! She has a super cute blog! So many lip product swatches!