I guess it’s not a surprise to see a make up trend dominating two consecutive years, considering the options are scarce compared to other fields of fashion and beauty. Sure the brow shapes are changing, we have several double letter foundation-cream thingies (between which I still don’t get the difference) and sometimes there is a definitive trend gap between matte and shiny, but color codes generally stay the same: Golden and tangerine tones for summer (with either pastels or neons co-starring) a more pale skin and dark lips for winter (usually supported with black or dark green eyes).
Judging by the number of shades-of-red lipsticks I have, it’s evident that I’m obssesed with dark, matte lips but I’ve found maroon lipstick a little hard to apply. I’ve always hated the goth look and no matter what I wore, when I put on a dark lipstick I was crossing that line. The shade was another problem, as much as I admired the maroon lips on models, it wasn’t working on me. Then I started mixing my very dark MAC Hang Up maroon lipstick with NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick in Cruella – which actually was a decent color on me but it was a torture to find the right balance every single time. Then MAC, again, came to my rescue with the perfect burgundy-maroon shade: Diva. And one final hint: as much as it sounds like time consuming, dark colors are best applied with lip brushes, which will also help you get the ombre effect.
image sources: 3-4-5th images are mine, rest is from pinterest, tumblr