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.
Immediate Disclaimer: I can in nooo way fuckin’ afford all of this shit at the same time. NO. But, like expensive, contoured clockwork, every year on my birthday and just sometimes when I am heading to an event (re: bar) where I want to look extra “fancy,” I will go into Sephora or MAC or a department store and splurge on a few items. I want those few things I shell out dough for to be ah-mazing, even though they (Sephora, at least) have a pretty stellar return/exchange policy. I just want the good stuff quick, and I don’t even want to be tempted to go back, even for just a return, because I will buy every tiny thing on the “mini-shit while you wait on line portion of the store”//Even though most of that mini shit is 20 bucks?? Anyway, as it stands now, my makeup is a mix of about 80% drugstore and 20% higher end stuff, and because of that I’ve tried a range of products..some of which, like NARS concealer, I swear by (I’ve put a ** by those I always have in stock)..and some of which, like the Hourglass powder, I love but cannot see myself purchasing unless I get invited to like, a fucking BALL. Anyway: I have TRIED all of these products (but alas, it is a limited list because I am a drugstore budget baby), and many more that I thought were dog crap, and here are the ones I would highly recommend to you IF you were in a splurging mood:
Marc Jacobs “The Starlet” Palette
Urban Decay Naked Two Palette
**Urban Decay Naked Three Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
MAC Eyeshadow in: Naked Lunch, Swiss Chocolate, Shroom, Phloof, Mulch, Carbon, Orb
Benefit World Famous Neutrals—Most Glamorous Nudes Palette
Two Faced Natural at Night Palette
Primers and Shit
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Urban Decay Eye Primer in Sin
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Cover FX Mattifying Primer
**Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray (I bought the smaller bottle and just spray it once or twice whenever I am going out for a LONG night)
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (shit stays on forever)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner Pen (the turquoise shade is gorgeous)
Too Faced Better Than Sex (depends on what kind of sex you are having…what about a better than pizza mascara???)
Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara
**Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Tarte “Lights, Camera, Splashes” Waterproof Mascara
Benefit Boxed Powders: The Rocketeur, Coralista, Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
Benefit Benetint or Lollitint
**NARS Orgasm or Super Orgasm
Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot
**Benefit Hoola Bronzer
NARS Bronzer in Laguna
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder
TheBalm Bahama Mama
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim or Ambient Light
TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer
Benefit’s Watts Up ( I always think of 4 non blondes)
NARS Sheer Matte Foundation
Benefit’s The Big Easy Liquid to Powder Complexion Perfector
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Powder Foundation (weird but it works)
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation
**NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Benefit Boing Concealer
Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen
**Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red or any color, really
Nars Lipstick in Scarlett Empress
**MAC Lipsticks in almost anything (I love Rebel, Lady Danger, Cyber, Candy Yum Yum, St. Germain, Angel, and Ruby Woo)
MAC Tinted Lipglass
OCC Lip Tar (try Black Dahlia)
Bite Luminous Crème Lipstick (I love the Violet shade)
Dior Addict Lip Glow
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
BUT REMEMBER! You don’t have to be pale to be a goth! Don’t think you need to hide whatever your skin tone is, just in the name of darker fashion, and if someone tells you that “goth = pale skin”, feel free to laugh derisively at them and tell them your Auntie Jilli at Gothic Charm School says they’re WRONG.
As for perfumes of a darker persuasion: have you browsed around Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab? Other than that, I don’t have any suggestions, because I personally wear a mix of chocolate oil and Angel by Thierry Mugler.
(Long post is wordy and full of clicky-links! But also helpful, I hope!)