How To Pull Off Black Lipstick All Year Long

It may be spring, but the lip shade of the moment has nothing to do with timid neutrals or tulip pinks. It's edgier, more daring, and totally unexpected. Black lipstick is back, in a big way.

We saw the moody hue at some major shows this season (see: Marc Jacobs and Dior), and we predict it will soon be making its shadowy way to the streets as well. We understand the dark color can be a bit intimidating — unless you're RiRi, who's proven that black lips are appropriate for both the front row and the great outdoors.

To help inspire you, and to get you out of that makeup comfort zone, we've tapped experts from Dior and NARS for some tips and tricks for pulling off this hauntingly beautiful look.

No, Kylie Jenner, You Did Not Start the Nude Lipstick Trend

After meeting Kylie Jenner earlier this year, I didn't think that her more unorthodox remarks would faze me. Since I knew she was obsessed with pizza and desperately intrigued by sunsets, she would have to say or do something really bizarre to catch me off guard. Her lip gloss advertisement/music video was confusing, but not particularly shocking. However, a snippet of her recent interview with Paper magazine left me with some complex feelings.

"I didn't see one other girl wearing nude lipstick — I didn't even care about the lipstick, I just wanted my lips to be bigger — and then I started seeing a bunch of girls wearing nude lipstick," she told the outlet. Reread that: though Kylie is an arbiter of taste, she seems to think that nude lips weren't a popular trend until she started sporting them.

As someone born in the '80s, Kylie, I want to tell you that nude lipstick has been around a long time and so has the overlining technique you have been using for the past few years. Let's take a trip down memory lane!

During my formative years in the '90s, I grew up surrounded by women wearing superpale, fleshy lip colors that were defined with a chocolate pencil. Though much of the country ditched this technique by the turn of the millennium, I'm from Staten Island, New York, and I saw this none-too-flattering trend last until the early 2000s. At this point, women ditched the pencil in favor of attempting to match their lipstick as closely as possible to their skin tone.

If anything, I would give Kylie credit for the resurgence of matte nude formulas, which hadn't been too popular since the mod era, but really, she's just a savvy businesswoman. Matte liquid lipsticks started to saturate the market in 2014, and Kylie combined these hit products with the shades she used to exaggerate the natural shape of her lip. With that, the Kylie Lip Kit — and her beauty entrepreneurial career — was born.

But to say that she hasn't "seen one other girl wearing nude lipstick" seems a bit unfair. Kylie, look within your family! Your sister Kim rose to fame rocking a muted pout. And she's not the only star to make neutral look gorgeous. Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, and more stars have been doing this for decades. For proof, read on!

Is the hack for applying red lipstick on dark circles safe?

There's now a valid alternative
Remember last year when blogger Deepica Mutyala concealed her eye bags with red lipstick beneath concealer and it broke the internet? Everyone wanted to try it and transform into a bright-eyed Victoria's Secret model.
Unfortunately, we didn't. Instead, we discovered that some should approach the 'colour-correcting' makeup method with caution.

While Deepica demonstrated that orangy-red lipstick can work on yellow-toned darker skin tones (think olive to black), it left us with light skin tones looking more tired. #Fail.

Not only that, but as our Beauty Director, Inge pointed out, "lipstick is made of waxes and oils that are just too heavy for thin undereye skin" (which is up to 10 times thinner than the rest of your face), and often have fragrance in them which can trigger sensitivity and reactions.