With 90s fashion making a comeback, it’s no surprise that some of the decade’s beauty trends are once again gaining speed. The first makeup style to try? The delightfully dark, super sensual goth lip. This luxe color has been seen on the runways and red carpet alike, in shades ranging from deep berry to stormy onyx.
Like with a red lip, the goth lip takes precision to perfect. Because of the bold color, even the smallest of imperfections is noticeable, so proper application is essential. First, choose a shade that complements your skin tone, but is as close to black as you can get (or would like to get). For fair complexions, opt for a color that has berry undertones. For those with a darker complexion, go with a deep red shade that features a brown base.
Before applying color, gently exfoliate lips to ensure a smooth base. Once you’ve exfoliated and hydrated with lip balm or primer, it’s time to dive in. Start with a lip liner for extended staying power, blending the liner inwards with a lip brush. Choose a liner that either matches your lipstick, or a nude shade. Then, carefully fill in the lips with color, once again using a brush. The creamier the texture of the lipstick, the longer it will last.
As a general rule, dark lipstick makes the mouth appear smaller. To combat this, emphasize the outline of your lips, focusing on your cupid’s bow, and make sure to keep the rest of your makeup light and fresh. After all, the goth lip is meant to look sexy, not scary! Use neutral colors on the eyes for a natural finish, and don’t overdo it with too much mascara, blush or bronzer. Your dark lip should be the focus. To finish, pair the almost-black color with soft, beachy waves or a loose, casual bun to keep your overall look less intimidating.