No matter the season, dark lipsticks can give your look an alluring upgrade. While many people shy away from vampy hues, dark colors are becoming increasingly popular for everyday makeup. And while there’s a dark lip out there that works for everyone, with varying degrees of drama, a black lip is the perfect way to add some intensity to your look. Whether you’re going for the gothic style or just looking to add some dimension to your makeup, black lipstick will definitely get the job done. So get ready to learn how to pull off black lipstick for the ultimate glamorous finish.
HOW TO WEAR BLACK LIPSTICK
Black lipstick is so bold that 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.
1. PAIR IT WITH A SMOKEY EYE
When you’ve decided to embrace the black lipstick trend, go all out and pair it with dark eyeliner and eyeshadow for a gorgeous smokey eye. Perfectly edgy and on-trend, there’s a lot to love about this look. You can even do a goth makeup look if you love that style. Check out our article, How to Get a Goth Makeup Look.
2. KEEP IT SUBTLE
On the flip side, if your lips are making a major statement, it might be best to keep the rest of your makeup subtle. Try pairing black lipstick with nude eyeshadow and soft face makeup.
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 deep plum blush can make for the perfect combo.
HOW TO APPLY BLACK LIPSTICK
Black lipstick can complement any complexion with ease! From pale skin tones to rich, dark skin, the color is striking on just about everyone. However, the key to pulling off this bold lip color is to know how to effectively apply the lipstick for a result that’s statement-making without looking like part of a costume. Check out some quick tips below to help you pull off black lipstick for a chic scroll-stopping look.
STEP #1: START THINGS OFF WITH A MOISTURIZED LIPS
There is nothing worse than applying lipsticks and glosses on dry, flaky lips. Moisturized lips will provide an excellent base for a seamless application and a long-lasting effect for your black lipstick. Start your journey with a moisturizing lip balm that will leave you with a soft canvas.
STEP #2: GRAB A LIP LINER
Perfect for allowing your lipstick to stay put on your lips without the fear of bleeding or feathering, lip liner will perfect your lip makeup. Use a black lip liner that matches your lipstick, or try a clear lip liner.
STEP #3: USE A BRUSH TO APPLY
For a precise and pigmented application, use a brush for your black lipstick.
STEP #4: CLEAN YOUR LIPS WITH CONCEALER
Applying lipstick can get a little messy, especially when you’re working with an ultra-dark shade. 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.
Editor’s Tip: Press a tissue to your lips, then lift away to remove excess lipstick after the first application. You can also remove excess 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 #5: SET YOUR LIPS
Grab a translucent powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Powder, to finish the job. It’s great at making your lipstick budge-free and giving off a matte finish so your lips are picture-perfect all day!
Photo Credit: Shalwah Evans
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