Gather ’round my spooklings, and I’ll tell you a tale. A tale of cosmetic miracles! As we’ve all noticed, black lipstick, the cornerstone of all things darque and goffic, has been actually in since fall. Yes, somehow the inky pigment, long-frowned-upon by almost everyone but some of us, can currently be found in several reputable make up lines. Whether Lady Gaga is to thank [or to blame] for this revival is yet to be determined, but we old fogies should probably prepare for a lot more of this in the near future. But I digress.
I actually recall having a discussion on the topic of black lipstick a year or so back, with our friend Courtney Riot, assuring her that it CAN be done, in the right context. For me, this means no heavy eye makeup and non-black hair and brows.It also means the right setting. In this case, the right setting turned out to be this beautiful stretch of rocky beach near Malibu, but, in all honestly, I probably wouldn’t do this in the daytime outside the context of a photo shoot. Read on, as I explain how I achieved this look and give a few pointers on more practical wear of the lipstick of Die Nacht.
- Brows: MAC pressed eye shadow in “Contrast”
- Eyes: Sugarpill pressed eye shadow in”Buttercupcake” and loose pigment in “Goldilux”, L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in “Carbon Black” on the lashes
- Lips: Prestige black eyeliner and MAC LipGlass
- Face: Bare Escentuals powder foundation
- Cheeks: Sugarpill pressed eye shadow in “Flamepoint” and more “Goldilux”, used as a highlighter
- Apply foundation under the eyes and around the nose with concealer brush, than all over the face with a kabuki brush
- With a wet angled brush, outline and fill in eyebrows with “Contrast”, without squaring off the inner corners
- Line your water line [inside of lower lid, along the eyelases]
- Apply “Buttercupcake” all over the lids, and along the underside of your eye, blending up and out
- Highlight near the brow with powder foundation
- With a wet brush or applicator, dab the inner corner of your eyes with “Goldilux”, then gently pull the pigment out
- Dust the lids with a little more “Goldilux”
- Apply “”with a blush brush to your cheeks, blending out all the way to the hairline
- Highlight with even more “Goldilux”
- Outline and fill in your lips with the black Prestige eyeliner [that’s right], then brush on Lipglass. Be sure to use a brush for this, as applying too much will inevitably result in hideous running gloss, leaving you to look like a vampire drooling tar
- If you intend to be out for a while, give yourself a good spritzing with finishing spray, et voila: an avant garde vixen is born.
Things to Remember
- If you’re going out and intend on having more than a couple of drinks, skip the gloss and go for actual black lipstick to avoid the aforementioned tar drool.
- If you have thin lips, all dark colors will make them look thinner. Whether you mind or not is up to you, however!
- If you wear glasses, I suggest opting out for contacts when you go for this look, because with your mouth being the chief focal point glasses will make your face look crowded, just as heavy eye make up would.