How To Wear Black Lipstick

We’ve seen this brooding colour smash its way into mainstream make-up lately, with a little help from the likes of Kylie Jenner and Jeffree Starr. While we love the dramatic edge that black lipstick gives to any look, it can be a bit daunting when it comes to actually wearing it! So we’ve got you covered with our five tips pulling off a moody, broody black lip with all the style and class of the stars!

You must line.

No ifs and buts – black is even less forgiving of a crooked lip line than a red lipstick! By lining your lips first you ensure that you get a crisp line. It also helps to minimise feathering or ‘bleeding’ once you apply the product. Finally, lining your lips to their full outline can ensure that your black lip looks luscious instead of thin.

Layer your products.

When it comes to getting the ultimate depth and longevity of product, it can help to apply a dark vampy colour first (such as a burgundy or deep plum) to go underneath your black lipstick. This can act both as a primer and a way of building up colour. Instead of going straight in with your black, using a dark colour can assist in keeping the final effect opaque  and striking.

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Prep your lips.

Like any dark colour, black lipstick requires some maintenance before you go in with the colour. Dry and flaky lips will be incredibly obvious with a dark shade so be sure to use a lip scrub (if you have one) and prep with some lip balm about 20 mins before you apply your lipstick.

Go for ultimate longevity.

If you’re worried about always having to touch up your colour, follow this application technique for the longest lasting lipstick!

Start by applying your lipstick as you would normally. Then, with a tissue, blot your lips of any excess product. Dust your lips with a light layer of translucent powder, then follow it all up with a second layer of lipstick. This will give you full on colour that will stay all day (and night)!

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Focus on the lips.

If you’re going for a black lip, it’s best to get everything else on your face very minimal. Don’t try a smokey eye or heavy contour. A wash a light shadow and mascara is more than enough on the eyes. On the cheeks, a light contour (if necessary) and a dusting of warm blush is all that you need. Don’t pick anything that might try and compete with your black lip or else you might start to look like you’ve come straight from an edgy runway show!


Have you jumped on the black lipstick trend? How did you rock the look?


Rachel x


Main Image Credit: Davy Newkirk

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