Black, Like My Soul: How to Pull Off the Darkest Of Lipstick Looks

Black lipstick is back thanks to Lorde, Cara Delevingne, Rooney Mara and Rihanna. Here's how to pull it off.
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October 24, 2014
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The lipstick you wear can say a lot about your state of mind. We reach for baby pinks when we’re feeling coquettish, and reds when we’re trying to seduce. And while black may mostly conjure up images of Marilyn Manson’s late 1990s look, it’s made a comeback, showing up on the faces of many stylish celebrities recently like Rihanna, Lorde and Rooney Mara.

While it screams rebellion, it can also be romantic -- we imagine the subject of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s love poems (maybe Annabel Lee?) wearing black lipstick.

Halloween also happens to be around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to pick one of these up, since you might even be able to use it for your costume too.

Darker colors tend to be drying, so you'll want to hydrate your lips. Lush’s sugar scrubs like Popcorn and Bubble Gum exfoliate and they're pretty tasty too.

Once you’ve gotten rid of dead skin, generously slather on the balm. (we're currently addicted to Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm for its softening powers.) Let it sit about five minutes, and then dab with a tissue.

M.A.C. and MUFE sell black lipstick colors year-round, but after trying these and others, Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Slayer is our favorite.

Warm it up before applying by swiping it on your hand. It’s beautifully rich and opaque. (And on top of that it has vanilla-scented, studded packaging.)

For a little extra something, add blue and silver glitter flecks to your matte lips with Sephora’s Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Glitter Black. It’s a waterproof formula, so it won’t be going anywhere!

What's your favorite black lipstick? How would you wear this nontraditional look in a traditional setting? Talk to me (or share pictures!) in the comments!