Dark lipsticks are usually seen as beauty essentials best restricted to autumn and winter, but we’re here to show you why that’s just not true. After all, there’s no easier way to turn heads with your make-up than an unexpectedly bold touch…

Here are six ways in which you can amp up your summer look with your favourite dark lipstick, plus a few dark lipsticks to try.

Make denim cooler with a dark lipstick

Pairing a dark lipstick with your regular jeans can take your denim look from casual to super chic. Try shades like oxblood and plum.

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Flaunt a dark pout on your summer date

Dark brown lipstick is a trending lip colour this year. What better way to make a statement on your next summer date than with a coffee or mahogany colour lipstick? Pair it with a white or cream outfit like Metro FM DJ Thando Thabete.

Black lipstick is not just for Halloween

If you’re feeling daring, then black lipstick is the way to go. This look is quite the statement, so keep the rest of your outfit simple. Pairing a plain white T-shirt and blue jeans with black lipstick is more than enough. Here are three brands that make a great black lipstick.

Vamp up your florals with a dark colour

Florals are a fashion staple for summer. Adding a darker lipstick shade will set you apart from all the other floral looks you’re bound to see this season. Try shades of maroon or wine like Mindy Kaling.

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Lace and dark lips are a match made in goth heaven

The most obvious way to rock dark lips is to go all the way and pair the shade with a Victorian outfit. Whether it’s white lace or black, this look is sure to give you a mysterious yet sophisticated vibe – the perfect choice for any fancy event or evening of fine-dining.

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Amplify an ethereal white outfit with wine red

White may be a summer staple, but pairing it with mundane essentials like bronzers and nude gloss is passé. This time, take a cue from Rihanna and wear your white outfit with dark red.

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