I don’t care if the sun is out and everyone is in neon bikinis, you can catch me wearing black lipsticks 365 days of the year — yes, even during the summer. The dark shade can be intimidating, though. I get that. For those who don’t fancy themselves as summer goths, trying to pick the right black lipstick to start off with can be difficult thanks to the fact that there are so many choices on the market these days.
Needing some help with the selection process, a Redditor called strawberry_lemon looked to the Makeup Addiction subreddit for suggestions. She asked, “What is your favorite black lipstick?” and added, “I’ve never tried it due to concerns about it clashing with my skin but I’ve always wanted to and I want to take the plunge! Looking for recs, be it drugstore or high end, and any finish, what are your favorites?” Her fellow Redditors offered up their recommendations, including a black liquid lipstick that goths allegedly swear by. As for my personal fave, keep reading to find out.
Also, for the record, black lipstick looks good on literally everyone because it doesn’t have warm or cool undertones, so you don’t have to worry about it clashing with your complexion. If you are worried about black washing out your skin tone, try a cream blush in a burgundy or peach shade to add some color to the apples of your cheeks.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Witches ($20)
This popular suggestion was basically a given. A Redditor called pomme_dor explained that the pitch black hue is their favorite because it “doesn’t budge” and it’s “great for layering.” Personally, I love this one because the doe foot is on the smaller side, so it’s easy to apply.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Night Bird ($14)
Redditors like ginellwiththewind love Sephora’s house line of liquid lipstick because it has a mousse-like texture. It’s staying power is also incredible. You can drink your first, third, and fifth cup of coffee without leaving behind a mark on your mug.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Perversion ($17)
Prefer a traditional lipstick? This deep black shade in Urban Decay’s Comfort Matte finish is so right. It’s intensely pigmented and clings to lips without drying them out.
Makeup Monsters Darkness Prevails Matte Liquid Lipstick ($11.97)
I’ve never tried out the colorful shades from this Washington-based indie brand, but Reddit has me convinced I need to add this shade in particular to my cart. “It’s so comfortable and not patchy at all, which is wild since the other black lipsticks I’ve tried in the last were always either super drying, super patchy, or both,” mathsnail wrote in the thread. “In general, Makeup Monsters has the best dark liquid lipstick shades.” I’m sold.
Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Black Cat ($12)
A user named sonogirl25 recommended another under-the-radar black lipstick with a spooky theme. Why? It “lasts the longest without feeling too heavy and streaking. The goths swear by this one!” she wrote. Good to know this one is goth approved.
NYX Macaron Lippie in Chambord ($3)
And in case you were wondering, my personal favorite is NYX’s Macaron Lippies in Chambord. right now, it’s only $3 at Ricky’s, so it’s the perfect starter shade. In fact, Chambord was my gateway black lipstick. While I now I have too many in my makeup bag to count, I always go back to this one because the satin finish is easy to apply and it wears down to a matte stain throughout the day. Every time I wear it, I get at least three compliments. Those odds are pretty good if you ask me.
More beauty product suggestions, courtesy of Reddit:
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- The $6 Red Liquid Lipstick Reddit SWEARS By
- Reddit Found a “Dupe” for Glossier’s Hyped-Up Serum Sunscreen
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- 1 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Witches ($20)
- 2 Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Night Bird ($14)
- 3 Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Perversion ($17)
- 4 Makeup Monsters Darkness Prevails Matte Liquid Lipstick ($11.97)
- 5 Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Black Cat ($12)
- 6 NYX Macaron Lippie in Chambord ($3)