Stunning Black Lipstick Ideas For Women Looks Cool To Try Today40
Stunning Black Lipstick Ideas For Women Looks Cool To Try Today40

45 Stunning Black Lipstick Ideas For Women Looks Cool To Try Today

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Today, black lipstick is most associated with the goth subculture, and, to a lesser extent, some heavy metal bands and singers. Bands like KISS and Alice Cooper still wear this dramatic look. However, when badly applied, this lipstick can look tacky and try-hard. Among goths, it is the mark of an inexperienced or self-unaware person.

If you’ve ever been to an American mall, you can probably picture such a person in your mind: out of shape, wearing a large black t-shirt, with black nail polish, and straggly, unkempt hair. This tragic teenager (or overgrown teenager) has given black lipstick a bad name. Hopefully this person will grow out of their fad, get more in shape, and move on to a better look.

So, who does black lipstick look good on? And how can you apply it so you don’t look like you’re wearing a Halloween costume out of season? First, understand the history of this lipstick color; then, follow my advice.

A Short User’s Guide

First, some general guidelines:

Test lipstick before you buy it, whatever color it is. Especially if it’s over $5. Why waste your money?

Bring a friend anytime you shop for beauty products. A second opinion, which isn’t motivated by commission (as some salespeople are), is invaluable.

Don’t buy something you can’t afford. Yes, even if it’s really cute. You’ll survive.

Now, that out of the way. What sort of people look good in black lipstick? Although exceptions exist, here’s a general list:

1. Pale or medium-complexioned people with dark hair. This might be why black is so popular in the goth community, since many goths aspire to this look. Some people with this complexion don’t like it, though. Di gustabis.
2. Very dark-skinned people. Someone like Alek Wek can pull off black lipstick, especially in a high fashion photo shoot, because it doesn’t make her look tubercular or washed out. Then again, Alek Wek can pull off just about any outfit she wants.
3. Young people. Darker lipsticks age most people, except the very young, who look like they just raided Mom’s makeup cabinet. Generally, black lips look best on those ages 16-25.

Of course, exceptions exist. Some blondes look nice with black lips. Some older people do, too. But if you’re not one of the exceptions, here are some ways to make this look work for you:

* Apply lipstick using a brush. This will keep you from overdoing the look. It will also make the application smoother, and allow you to blend it more easier into your natural lip color and lip line.
* Use a near-black color lipstick, such as dark red, dark purple, dark brown et cetera. This is especially good if you have a low contrast complexion, where black will make you look positively tubercular.
* Under-emphasize other parts of your face. Wearing dramatic eye makeup with dramatic lipstick ends up making you look like a clown. Choose one part of your face to emphasize, and stick with it.


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