The Coolest Ways to Wear Black Lipstick, from Minimalist to Goth-Glam

October 28, 2022
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | by L'Oréal
Image of the Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Thrill Seeker and the NYX Professional Makeup Line Loud Vegan Longwear Lip Liner in Evil Genius on a multicolored graphic background

Black lipstick is more versatile than you might think. If you don't typically gravitate toward a goth makeup style, the vampy lip color looks equally at home paired with minimalist eyes and glowing skin, or even trending graphic eyeliner. Below, we rounded up seven makeup looks from Instagram that make us want to go out and buy a new black lipstick, ASAP. But first, we have a few tips on how to wear the vampy lip color every day.

How to Apply Black Lipstick

Exfoliate Your Lips

A dramatic lip color will emphasize any dry patches on your lips, especially if you go for a matte black lipstick. Start by exfoliating your lips with a sugar scrub and a warm washcloth or toothbrush, then moisturize them with a lip balm to get them super smooth. 

Apply a Lip Liner

Black lipstick requires extreme precision — you might love a messy smoky eye, but a messy black lip isn’t quite as flattering. Blot off your excess lip balm, then line and fill in your lips using a black lip liner. This will make the lipstick appear more pigmented and help it to last longer. Try the NYX Professional Makeup Line Loud Vegan Longwear Lip Liner in Evil Genius

Apply Black Lipstick

Once your lips are filled in, it’s time to go in with your black lipstick of choice. We recommend an intensely pigmented, matte formula — the Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Thrill Seeker is our go-to.

Black Lipstick Looks

Soft and Minimal

Let the matte black lip be the star of the show by pairing minimal eye makeup and fresh, glowing skin. Apply a light layer of the Valentino Beauty V-Lighter Face Base Primer and Highlighter all over the face then spot-conceal as needed for a dewy look. To warm up your cheeks, tap on a terracotta cream blush, like the Tower 28 BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush.

Bold and Iridescent

We love the bold, edgy contrast between a black lip and a neon pink eye. To achieve an iridescent lip similar to this look by @gracemariaellington, apply a small amount of the Valentino Beauty Dreamdust Glitter Eyeshadow in Emerald Queen on top of your black lipstick. Focus the glitter on the center of the lip and blend it outwards with your finger or brush.

Deep and Vampy

Heavily black-lined lips look sultry with a pop of bright red lipstick in the center and a clear gloss on top. You add pointy bat wings to your cupid’s bow, as @char_barker did here, or skip them for a more classic look.

Ethereal and Glittery

These cosmic, star-studded lips are the perfect complement to a practically bare face (they would also look super cool with trendy bleached brows). To create these lips, makeup artist @davidrazzano used a since discontinued glitter gel, but you can get a similar look by using the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glam Rock.

Goth Glam

A glossy black lip and smoky eye is the ultimate goth-glam pairing. To recreate the lip, all you need is a creamy black lip liner that’s easy to blend and a clear or nude lip gloss to top it with.

Smoky and Graphic

A subtly smoky, graphic eye provides a soft contrast to a matte black lip. Here, @livmadorma paints on the NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie XXL Matte Liquid Lipstick in Naughty Noir.

Nude and Glossy

Ease into the black lip trend by swapping out your typical brown lip liner for a rich black shade. Paired with a nude gloss, the difference will be surprisingly subtle.

Bold Lips and Lashes

A full, fluttery set of false eyelashes add whimsy and balance out your stark black lip. For a dramatic cat-eye effect, try the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Lash! Vegan False Lashes in Ego Flare.

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