• Sure, dark lipstick is more dramatic than...pretty much any other shade of lip color. That said, anyone can wear it. Here's proof!

    With an olive complexion like Jessica Alba's, you can get away with a red-purple shade without looking vampy. 

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  • Add a touch of brown with brick red like Julianne Hough's lipstick. The dark color even works with her pale complexion. 

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  • For an even bolder look, go matte like Katy Perry did here. Topknots are optional, of course. 

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  • The high-gloss shine on Katie Cassidy's lips downplays the dark color. 

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  • Feeling really daring? Apply a blackish-red shade like Khloe Kardashian

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  • Baby steps. For a subtle dark hue, apply the lipstick and blot, blot, blot. Add a dab of gloss for shine like Krysten Ritter

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  • How '90s is this look on Lily Collins? To downplay the dark lipstick, create an ombré effect by dabbing a lighter red in the center of the lip. 

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  • Sophia Bush's combo of dark lipstick and white eye shadow is so winter-ready. 

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