Why Black Lipstick is Going Mainstream

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Take a look through your lipstick collection. If you’re a beauty junky like me, you’ll pretty much find every colour in the rainbow and then some. With the exception of black. Don’t get me wrong: I love me some black nails (so chic, so elegant). And I’m actually old enough to remember when dark, vampy nails were a really major statement—as in, you were an edgy groundbreaker if you could get your hands on a blackish burgundy shade. Well, now is that moment for black lipstick. It’s avant-garde and elegant, and It girls from Rihanna to Gigi Hadid have been rocking it. Pinterest is blowing up with it, and I just heard “black lipstick” is one of the most googled makeup terms out there. But I’ll be honest: Even an OG beauty writer like me finds it a little, shall we say, intimidating? I mean, I get it—the whole “little black dress” for your lips thing. There may very well be no colour as classic as black (rumour has it Egyptian babes were making up their mouths with it back in the days of Cleopatra). But it’s one thing to look insanely hot on Instagram, and a whole other to be wearing it IRL as you’re picking up a loaf of bread at the grocery store, am I right? Admittedly, my greatest association with raven lips is Robert Smith of the Cure, the pied piper of Goth. With all due respect, that is not the look I’m going for on date night with my hubs. Unless that date night falls on October 31st.

But after being told by oodles of makeup artists that it’s surprisingly wearable for women of all complexions and on all occasions, I finally succumbed to its siren song and decided to try it out on different occasions—the grocery store, a girls night out, a picnic, on a beach trip to Costa Rica, and date night. It was a very, very slow start. At first, I dipped my toe into the black sea by just staining my lips or topping with a gloss for a sheer effect. But eventually, I took the plunge and went full-on black. And you know what? It looked pretty amazing. So I did it again. 

Originally posted on makeup.com https://www.makeup.com/black-lipstick

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