How To Make A Fashion Statement
Black lipstick imparts a sensational color that takes you by surprise at first glance. It is a color that makes a fashion statement. It is vintage, it is vamp and it is Gothic depending on the product you choose. Probably the most spectacular thing about the darkest of all lipstick colors is how versatile it really is.
Black Lipstick Trend
You see deep dark lipstick shades every fall season and black lipstick is always a hot product for Halloween makeup, but this year it’s being sported on the fashion runways and it’s not just one shade anymore. From the darkest midnight colors to the deepest berry shades, it’s the newest trend in lipstick colors. Do you know how to wear it?
Black Lipstick Cosmetics
Before explaining how you can use this unique lipstick color, let’s just take a look at three of the lipstick options you have that move beyond the cheap makeup lipstick buys and into products that are great for giving you a smoother lip look. There are actually several great options for going dark.
- Ben Nye Lipstick – Black LS-17 is the color. Ben Nye, a professional makeup line, offers lipstick colors that are richly saturated with color. Not only that, the formulation is creamy and moist. That makes it perfect for wearing all day or all night.
- MAC Cosmetics – Mattene Lipstick in Midnight Media is a great color option when you want a matte black product. This one is also intensely pigmented.
- Manic Panic – Gothic Vamp Lipstick in Raven. This is the one you’re familiar with if you are into Gothic Makeup Looks. It’s one of the more common brands and a proven performer.
Dark Lipstick Makeup Tips
When you’re working with a shade that is this intense there are a few things to keep in mind:
Dark colors recede. This means that if you have thin lips you might need to outline just slightly outside your lip line to keep your lips from looking completely diminished.
You can use a black lipliner to line your lips with, but make sure that you fill in your lips with the color. You don’t want that telltale sign of having a black outline with pale lips showing.
When you want deep depth of color do not use a lip brush to apply the color. I know, it goes against everything you’ve heard. But the truth is that applying it with a lip brush actually does give a sheerer version of a lipstick color. So pass on the brush, just this once.
How To Wear Black Lipstick
Okay, so you’ve got the lipstick and you’re going to actually wear it. The question now becomes, how do you wear this dark lipstick to get the look you want? Here are a few suggestions.
Exfoliate your lips first. You want nice smooth lips to begin with, because that’s where the focus is going to be.
Gothic Looks – If you’re going for a Gothic look, then straight out of the tube is fine. In that case get a really good lipstick that has some moisture is your best best – don’t go cheap on this product. Remember that nail polish doesn’t have to match. You can go with pale nail polish colors, red colors or deep berry shades.
Vampire Makeup – This is a look that present lots of options. Apply your lipstick and then top with a tiny amount of clear lip gloss for sheen. Set it off by keeping your skin color pale by using a sheer matte powder on your complexion. Mix it with a berry lipstick shade for the deepest red you can imagine. Go with dark nail polish, but if you didn’t mix your lipstick with red then pick up the color for your nails and vice versa.
Vintage Romantic Makeup – This is a style that definitely calls for color. Select the deepest berry lipstick color you can find. Just like for pretty vampire makeup, you can mix it with your favorite red. Wear eyeliner and then do your nails either a pale color or glossy black.
Going sheer with dark lipstick is easy. Just use a clear lipgloss on your lips, then apply your dark shade. Of course, bitten dark berry lipstick is also an option. Consider it when you want need a little more color to your look.
CAUTION: Never use dark eyeliners and eyeshadow on your lips, especially when doing an intensely dark look. The ingredients were never meant for that area of your face and can even be toxic!
Black lipstick is a great product to use when you want to add glamour to your look, try fantasy makeup or mix with products you already own. After you’ve tried it, you’ll probably think of it in a whole new way.