Tricks for making black lipstick totally wearable

how to wear black lipstick

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Beauty Crew Editor / May 30 2017

Black lipstick has received a bit of a bad rap over the years. Largely associated with gothic or emo cultural groups, the deep shade has been mostly shunned by the mainstream. While many would happily reach for its slightly warmer younger cousins, like aubergine or burgundy, black seems to still be a taboo shade, which is a shame. Chic and fashion-forward, black lipstick can add a level of sophistication to your makeup - it’s just a matter of knowing what to pair it with.

So if you’re looking to add some edge to your makeup look - while still upholding the glamour - look to Katy Perry as your guide for how to nail a black lip look.


Don’t go too matte with your finish

While a flat, chalky finish can work with a multitude of lip colours, it may not be the right thing for such a stark shade. Instead, you want a little life in your finish so look for a black lipstick that offers a demi-matte finish - that way you get a velvet effect that has a hint of shine. 

Katy Perry’s COVERGIRL x Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Perry Panther will certainly tick the box in terms of pigmentation and finish, and your lips will also feel soft and moisturised all day long. Plus, no unsightly cracks after a few hours - a major pro when it comes to a smooth black finish!

Katy Perry black lipstick


Add some shimmer to your eyes

Keep your eye makeup simple yet luminous - this trick will help complement your standout lip colour without overpowering it. Apply a soft wash of the bronze shade in the COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quad in Notice Me Nudes across your entire lid in an almond shape, and then finish off by wetting an angled liner brush and applying the lightest shade on your bottom waterline.

covergirl eyeshadow notice me nudes


Add some glamour with a winged liner and big lashes

Counteract the bold finish of a black lipstick with a feminine flick of your liner and lashings of mascara. To get that sharp, precise and smooth finish, we recommend trying COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner by LashBlast then multiply and lengthen your lashes with COVERGIRL Katy Kat Mascara in Very Black.

covergirl liner and mascara


Add some warmth to your face

Whatever your skin tone, reduce the contrast between your black lip and complexion by using some bronzer to create a subtle contour and add some warmth. A light dusting of COVERGIRL TRUblend Bronzer just on the bottom of your cheekbone will give your skin just the right dose of sun-kissed illumination to soften your look.

covergirl trublend bronzer

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Are you game enough to try black lipstick? What's the boldest makeup look you've tried? Please share with us in the comments section below.

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.