Where to get black lipstick and how to pull it off, according to our favourite celebrities
Goth girl of your dreams
Happy March! Yeah, it really isn't remotely Halloween yet, is it? Oops. Anyway, the topic still stands—while it's unlikely that trick-or-treaters are going to be out and about anytime soon (not that they ever really are in Malaysia), it doesn't mean we can't play dress-up with the hottest trend of the season.
In short, we're going goth this year. Specifically, we're going goth all-year-round. Black lipstick is in and we are committed. At this point, it's a runway staple. You've probably seen it on all of your favourite celebs, and more brands are coming out with their very own formulations, so there's really just one inevitable thing left to do: You have to start sporting the trend. One way or another, you'll work past the lippy phobia and work your way up to bona fide bad b*tch.
You see, when we say that you're going to be sporting black lippy on the regular, we mean that you're going to look great doing it. We admit—it's a difficult trend to pull off. However, we've got some top tips to help you nail the perfect black lip without looking insane.
Follow the three cardinal rules of black lipstick
There's no doubt that any dark lipstick is a challenge to wear, and black is the so-called 'Big Boss' of the lot. However, although it can be difficult to work with, a few precautions and rules will help your lips look better than ever.
Moisturise your lips thoroughly before application
The thing about black lipstick is that it tends to be dry and unforgiving. Swiping a lip treatment or balm beforehand (or exfoliating with a lip scrub) will save you the flaky lips.
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Apply the lipstick as precisely as possible
On the note of black lipstick being notoriously unforgivable, you cannot afford to have a brushstroke out of place when it comes to going goth(er). For your sake, keep the cotton buds, concealer, and makeup remover handy.
TIP: Use a black lip liner or eyeliner to define the edges of your lips before going in with your lipstick!
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Reapply the lipstick regularly, or as and when it starts to wear
Unfortunately, black lips are a pretty high-maintenance choice. Further, they only really look great when they're completely opaque. Put simply, you're going to want to keep your lipstick tube within reach throughout the day for touchups.
Go easy on the eyes
Worried about going overboard with the drama? Play down your eye look—Hailey Bieber does an excellent job of this, pairing her black lip with a gentle wash of pink eyeshadow, lots of blush (we'll get to that later) and a few coats of mascara.
It makes the look totally wearable for a night out on the town (or even a day out!).
Inject some colour back into your face
Unfortunately, looking a little colourless comes with the territory of black lippy. No matter what your skin tone is, the stark contrast between your skin and the black is bound to cause an upset in the balance of your face.
As a result, blush and bronzer are absolute necessities: You don't need to put masses on, but some bronzer to sculpt the cheekbones and forehead plus a smidge of blush on the cheeks will restore some much needed warmth to the face.
Not ready for black? Go burgundy!
Hey, you don't have to fully commit to the void right off the bat. If black is too much for now, take a leaf out of Shay Mitchell's book and lighten up with a deep burgundy instead.
The result is a lip that delivers the same impact of a black lip without the stress of looking too intense. Plus, easing up on the lip gives you a little wiggle room to play up the rest of your look—try a darker smokey eye like Mitchell's.
Get the look: MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama
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