In case you missed it, dark lipsticks are in! While many people shy away from vampy hues, dark colors are becoming increasingly popular for everyday makeup looks. And while there’s a dark lip out there that works for everyone, with varying degrees of drama, maybe you want to go all-in and commit to a black lip. If you’re looking to explore your dark side, so to speak, you’ve come to the right place. The perfect way to add some intensity to your look, this makeup trend will take your look to the next level. Whether you’re going for the gothic look or just looking to add some dimension to your makeup, black lipstick will definitely get the job done. Grab a notepad and get ready to learn how to pull off black lipstick for the ultimate glamorous finish.
HOW TO APPLY BLACK LIPSTICK
First things first, we have to tell you: Black lipstick can complement any complexion with ease! From pale skin tones to rich, dark skin, the color (or lack thereof) is striking on just about everyone. The key to pulling off this lip color is to know how to effectively apply the lipstick for a result that’s statement-making without looking like you’re wearing a costume. Powerful and chic is the goal here. With that said, let’s get into how to apply this deep, dark hue!
STEP #1: START THINGS OFF WITH A MOISTURIZED LIPS
We can all agree, there is nothing worse (at least when it comes to lip makeup) than applying lipsticks and glosses on dry lips. And while black lipstick can hide a multitude of sins and imperfections, you won’t want your pout to look parched when you’re sure to be drawing so much attention to it. Not only that, but moisturized lips will provide an excellent base for a seamless application and a long-lasting effect. Start your journey with a lip balm that will leave you with a soft and supple canvas for the black lipstick that is to come.
STEP #2: GRAB A LIP LINER
Lip liners are always a great idea when applying lipstick. Perfect for allowing your lipstick to stay put on your lips without the fear of bleeding or feathering, this tool will perfect your lip makeup. Use a black lip liner that matches your lipstick, or try a clear lip liner.
STEP #3: IT’S TIME TO APPLY YOUR BLACK LIPSTICK
For a precise and pigmented application, we recommend using a brush.
STEP #4: CLEAN YOUR LIPS WITH CONCEALER
Applying lipstick can get a little messy, especially when you’re working with an ultra-dark shade, but have no fear! You can clean up your lips with concealer. We recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage. Providing a matte finish and full coverage, this concealer hides imperfections without transferring or fading away.
STEP #5: REMOVE EXCESS PRODUCT
Bleeding is not an option for a glamorous lip. Keep your lipstick intact by removing excess product after the initial application. Press a tissue to your lips, then lift away and you’re all set. You can also remove excess product from the inner rim of your lips (which could end up on your teeth!) by sticking a finger between your lips, then pulling it out to wipe away any unwanted lipstick.
STEP #6: SET YOUR LIPS
Grab a translucent powder to finish the job. We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Powder. Great at making your lipstick stay and giving off a matte finish, your lips will be picture-perfect!
HOW TO WEAR BLACK LIPSTICK
Beyond how you apply your black lipstick, what you pair with it matters. Below, we’re sharing three ways to complete your makeup look when you want to rock this eye-catching color.
Idea #1: Go Gothic
When you’ve decided to embrace the black lipstick trend, why not go all out? In this case, that means trying a goth makeup look on for size. Perfectly edgy and on-trend, there’s a lot to love about this option. For a full tutorial, check out our article, How to Get a Goth Makeup Look.
Idea #2: Keep it Subtle
On the flip side, if your lips are making a major statement, it can be wise other aspects of your look more subtle. Try pairing black lipstick with nude eyeshadow and soft face makeup.
Idea #3: Opt for Something In Between
The rest of your makeup doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing situation. Black lipstick, a classic cat eye, and a plum blush can make for the perfect fall combo.
Speaking of fall makeup, next, how about checking out our 22 Fall Makeup Looks to Learn Before the Season Ends.