I'm on a hunt to find the perfect dark red lip, which isn't too berry when applied to my lips. I never realised how hard this hunt was going to be until about a month in. Pretty much every 'dark red' lipstick leans towards the berry tone, or else it does on me. I have quite a natural pigmented lip, which can make it hard as it turns a lipstick quite berry.
For now, this combo is good enough for me, although it's still not dark enough. I have owned NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella for a little while now and I love it, they're so easy to apply and last all day. But I picked up NARS Lipliner Pencil in Amazon which is a dark red, with brown undertones, to apply under the lip pencil.
I applied a thin layer of Nuxe Reve de Meil to soften the lips a little, before lining the lips with Amazon and filling the whole lips with it too. Rather than just lining the lips, I used this as a base before applying a layer of Cruella on top. The make up artist at the counter told me that these go together like bread & butter, but of course the lipliner will go with almost all red lipsticks. I'm thinking this will stop MAC Russian Red from bleeding on me.
What is your favourite dark red lipstick? You may help with the hunt!