Black Dahlia: Deep, Dark, Luscious Lip Colors from Sheer to Intense
I have a weakness for deep dark black-cherry shades. But while all of them look intensely dark in the tubes, many of them are actually quite sheer or have different undertones.
A black cherry lip that has a bit of red/berry tone actually brightens the face and the darker/richer your skintone, the blacker you can go on the lips without having to change the makeup on the rest of your face.
If you’re very pale and you like dark lips, you might need to add a bit of warmth back to your cheeks with a blush that has some pink/red in it if you don’t want to look straight-up goth or 20’s Noir. Then again, I do love 20’s Noir makeup with smoky droopy eyes and deep dark lips.
Sheerer berry shades can look very patchy and uneven. The best way to wear it is as an ombre stain. Apply, blot to remove most of the color, then reapply just around the center or the entire bottom lip, and then transfer just a bit of color to the top.
For deep dark shades, do try to wear a lip liner or clear liner to prevent bleeding cos it will be VERY obvious.
The shades shown: (Tumblr isn’t rendering the lip images properly so check it out here if you can’t see it clearly!)
YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy in No 5 Mure Exquise is a more berry/rose-toned version of Clinique Black Honey, which can pull a little brown and unflattering on me sometimes.
Michael Kors Lip Lacquer in Dame. This is actually not a fave. It’s almost impossible to wear this evenly unless you have very rosy or dark lips to begin with. If you’re not careful, you can end up with patchy, corpse-like lips.
Chanel Glossimer 176 Crushed Cherry. Gorgeous gloss that pulls a little purple. It’s gorgeous on top of nude liner and glorious applied around the center over red lipstick!
Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited WN 20 S is a raisiny deep shade with soft shimmers. If you want a less cool-toned alternative to the Chanel, or a slightly more even application, this one is good.
Marc Jacobs 132 Saboteur is the darkest shade in his range, and unlike Little Pretty, the next darkest purple-toned shade, this one has a bit more red and goes on more evenly and more opaque.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 327 La Desiree. It’s amazing how “bright” it looks compared to the other shades here! But it’s really quite a deep and rich rose-red shade in a velvety lightweight matte texture.
MAC Diva is a classic. It’s one of my all-time favorite dark liver reds. While it looks a little plummy and dull here, believe me when I say it looks beautiful on the lips. Perfect when you have hardly anything on your face except a little mascara and this dark, rich, intense lip.
Sephora Long Lasting Lipstick No 23. This is a nice alternative to MAC Diva, but it’s a little creamier to apply, and more lightweight. Doesn’t wear as intense and dramatic as Diva in real life though.
OCC Black Dahlia is one of the treasures in my Lip Tar collection. I knew I had to have it the moment I saw it. It’s a perfect black cherry red. So dark it’s almost black. For a 20’s look, this is a fantastic shade.
OCC Metallic Black Dahlia is one of my more recent purchases. I was repurchasing Pretty Boy, and saw this shade on their site. I usually steer away from the metallic shades because a lot of the lighter colors I’d tried previously went on patchy and looked unflattering, but obviously the same thing doesn’t apply to the dark shades because this thing is GLORIOUS.
Tom Ford Golden Mink Eye Palette Pictorial (aka what to do with sparkle shades in eye palettes)
If you’ve ever tried or bought one of those palettes with some transparent sparkly shades, you’ll know they sometimes aren’t the most easy to work with. The glitter shades come in a transparent base, so when you apply them alone, there is almost no color. Just a scattering of sparkles.
Tom Ford’s Eyeshadow Palette 01 Golden Mink is one of those.
Tip: You can wear the glitter shades on their own as a wash all over the lid, but my preferred way of wearing them is as accents, to create a gleaming, “wet” effect when you blink.
This is a warm-toned face I very often wear on work days and lazy days.
Base: MAC Face and Body foundation N2
Concealer: Lancome Le Correcteur Pro concealer
Setting powder: Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder
Blush: Lancome Blush Subtil 030 Eclat de Corail
Guerlain Ecrin Sourcil brow powder compact
Eyeshadow palette: Tom Ford 01 Golden Mink
Brown liner: NYX Skinny Brown Liner (I LOVE this thing. It’s such a bargain and such a great matte brown automatic pencil to draw flicks with because of the super-fine point. Highly-recommend!)
Black mascara: Givenchy Phenomen’eyes mascara in 01 Black
Lipgloss: Nars Deepthroat (I actually applied the gloss first)
Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 14 Corail In Touch (I ran this lightly over the gloss for additional color but kept everything still translucent and jelly-like)
Here are a few rosy pink things to prettify yourself or to give to someone this Valentine’s!
L’occitane’s super-popular Cherry Blossom “Cerisier” range expands with the addition of an “Eau Intense” called Cerisier Rouge, which is a sweeter, more delicious version of the original. There’s also a fragrant "Creme Caresse" Petal Soft Cream for silky date-night skin!
Illamasqua is a brand known for avant garde makeup, but my favorite polish from the brand is possibly the prettiest, girliest duochrome shell-pink on the planet, aptly called Pink Raindrops.
Yves Saint Laurent’s super lightweight Gloss Volupte won’t leave your lips all sticky and gross. While there are lots of gorgeous colors, I still love the cherry-rose shade 206 Fuchsia Oran. Wear it on its own for a juicy fuchsia pout, or dab a little in the center of your lip, on top of a nude gloss for that “berry-stained” kiss.
Givenchy Le Prisme Yeux in 71 Purple Show is not purple, as I mentioned before. It’s a group of soft pinkish champagne-to-wine tones that’s very different from most palettes on the market, but still pretty on the eyes.
Laneige Pure Radiant Blush no 3 Angel Pink looks intense and matte but goes on with a lit-from-within luminosity without any sparkles.This is sadly hard to locate outside of Asia, but MAC Peony Petal is a good alternative!
Here’s a soft day-to-night look using one of my all time favorite eyeshadow palettes from Dior. The colors are quite soft, so it’s not often used for evening looks, but here’s a way to get the drama without destroying that soft hazy purple luminescence!
First thing to remember is you don’t need to use the same palette! Just look for colors that are similar in palettes like the 88 Shimmer or even the 88 Metal Mania. Just look for something with soft shimmery beiges, a soft pink, and one medium bright purple)
Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #120
Concealer: Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer #2
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 in Grey + Canmake Brow mascara 01
Powder: Bourjois Poudre de Riz de Java (for a little glow)
Cheeks: Chanel Joues Contraste in 44 Narcisse (MAC Pink Swoon or elf Pink Passion are both quite similar)
Eyeshadows: Dior 5 Couleur in 809 Petal Shine
Eyeliner (day): I used Clinique Quickliner Intense in Intense Aubergine, a plum metallic, to bring out the purple hues in the look. A brown like Lancome’s Hypnose Khol will make the overall look more neutral.
Eyeliner (night): Something very dense and black and creamy like Maybelline Master Drama liner in Midnight Drama will give you intensity while allowing you to smoke it out with shadow.
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Dolleyes in Black
Lipstick: MAC Creme Cup (if you have medium or tan skin, Maybelline’s Warm Me Up is a more flattering option)
Lipgloss: YSL Gloss Volupte in Rose Orfevre, a soft peachy-nude with gold sparkles