Black lipstick can be a stunning makeup look when done right. The thing is, wearing black lipstick doesn’t have to make you look frightening. Black lipstick is a bold makeup look for the confident girl.

As you may know, black is a highly versatile color, and wearing black lipstick may change even the most basic outfit into something spectacular. So if you haven’t tried this makeup trend yet, then it’s high time you did so.

Black lipstick can be worn in a variety of ways. Check out how to apply black lipstick flawlessly and how to wear it in real life!

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How to apply black lipstick

The basic principles of applying lipstick are the same no matter what lipstick it is. But the thing about black lipstick is that every small mistake or misstep stands out like a sore thumb, due to this, it is important to apply your lipstick more precisely.

1. Prep your lips 

To prep your lips, exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub (we recommend this lip scrub). It gently exfoliates and hydrates the skin. You can also try exfoliating with a mixture of honey and sugar if you already have these ingredients available at home.

Exfoliating your lips helps to remove dead skin cells and chapped lips and makes your lips smooth. Once you are done exfoliating, apply a hydrating lip balm to moisturize your lips. It is very important that you prep your lips before you apply the lipstick especially if you are using matte black lipstick since matte lipsticks can really emphasize chapped lips.

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2. Apply a lip liner

If you are going to use a lip liner, we recommend you overline your lips. This is because you want to counteract the impact of black, which absorbs light and makes things appear smaller.

Use a black lipliner to outline your lips with connected short strokes. Starting at the Cupid’s bow draw a small V, then gradually work your way outwards to the outer corners of the lips.

Lining your lips will help give you a much fuller lips look, unless you already have full or thick lips, then you don’t need to overline. But if you have thin lips, then we recommend you overline your lips.

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3. Apply the black lipstick

Once you are done lining your lips, it is finally time to apply the lipstick. So apply your black lipstick to the center of your lips, then work your way outwards until the lipstick comes into contact with the outline.

The thing about black lipstick is that, you can use any black makeup product on your lips as black lipstick. You can use your black lipliner to paint your whole lips black.

You can even use a black eyeshadow. To do this, dip a lip brush in the black eyeshadow and apply it on your lips. Smack your lips and reply more if needed.

If you’re using bullet lipstick, dab your lips with a tissue to prevent any excess makeup from rubbing off. You can also dust your lips with a translucent setting powder. This will absorb the excess lipstick seamlessly.

4. Apply lipgloss (optional)

This last step is completely optional. If you fancy a glossy finish, then apply a lip gloss.

In a mirror, double-check your black lips to make sure your lip line is clean and even. If necessary, go over your lip line again with a black lipstick or lip liner. If the lipline isn’t clean, you can correct that with a concealer.

How to pull off black lipstick

Although black lipstick is easy to apply, there are certain things you have to do if you want to be able to pull off this look.

Go for natural makeup look

You can rock your black lipstick with full glam makeup if you want but otherwise a natural makeup look will give a much classy and sophisticated look. Black lipstick is already bold on its own, so a natural makeup look will balance it out.

Just eyeliner

Talking about a natural makeup look, using just an eyeliner for your eyes is also great. Just a black eyeliner and some mascara to make your lashes look longer.

Colourful eye makeup

Black is a versatile colour that matches all the other colours, so you can go for any color eye makeup to match your black lipstick. But a dark smokey eye and black lipstick will not brighten up your face. So if you are going to do an eye makeup, then try a colourful one to brighten up your face with that pop of colour.

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Silver smokey eye makeup

Another eye makeup look that you can rock with your black lipstick is a silver smokey eye makeup look. While a massive smokey eye with black lipstick is overkill, a smudge of smoked out eyeliner or a small dot of dark gray or blackbrown eyeshadow blended into the outer corner of the eye can really work pretty nicely. When achieving a smokey effect, the trick is to go light-handed and focus on the blending, and to remember that less is more.

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