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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. 

Tips:

  • 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.

How to Wear Plum Lipstick, plus L’oreal Color Riche Intense Plum Demo!

Plum is an odd cross between purple, brown AND red. It has the ability to look very goth OR very posh and chic depending on your outfit and the rest of your makeup. 

If you’re looking for some good options, you’ll be happy to know drugstore brands do carry good versions of this shade. The one I’m working with today is L’oreal’s Color Riche in Intense Plum because it goes on evenly (some are patchy), comes in a creme formula (some people don’t like mattes because they’re very drying) and is not too dark or light so it works for most skin colors.

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Dark Lipsticks (MAC’s cult shades + a couple of dupes)

The Fall fashion season usually signifies a return to more dramatic lips for me. There are many dark vampy lipsticks in my arsenal but 2 of my absolute favorites of all time are MAC’s Diva (dark liver-red) and the harder-to-find blackened-plum Prince Noir which I believe is part of the Pro line. 

While I can’t yet find a really good dupe for Prince Noir, which is DELICIOUSLY dark, the other 3 swatched here actually look pretty close once they’re on the lips. Diva is a warmer, more wearable alternative, while sharing the same intense matte texture as Prince Noir.

Raisin Rage from Revlon is pretty much an identical color to Diva, but the texture is creme instead of matte, so if you don’t like your lips feeling dry, then go with the Revlon. 

The last is Wet n Wild’s Cherry Bomb which is almost between Prince Noir and Diva, though that might not be obvious in the image. It would work as a Prince Noir “almost-dupe” in a pinch.

MAC Diva Matte Lipstick: A Love Affair (Swatches and Review)

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I still remember being 11 and obsessing in secret over the first-ever specific shade of lipstick I ever wanted to own.

“Deep-dark”, I described emphatically as I envisioned drama, sophistication and sensual feminity, and passed my precious $6 over to the family-friend making the illicit run for the contraband.

The kind smuggler returned a day later with Cover Girl Remarkable Lipstick in “Really Red”, much to my chagrin, and I realized that scarlet was plenty dark for her. I doubt she, or any of my peers would have been able to understand what it was about the shade that was so alluring for me.

I went through my phases of brown lipsticks, red lipsticks, nude lipsticks, pink lipsticks, and no lipsticks through the years, and then only recently decided in a moment of absolute random-ness to buy Diva without even trying it on in the store.

Every time I put it on, it’s like stepping into high, high heels. I feel instantly more sophisticated, more womanly, sexier, and more dangerous. (I swear I feel my IQ going up 30 points too.) It’s an extra bonus that my SO actually likes it when I wear dark lips.

Diva is a deep-dark red that is a little more burgundy than dried-blood, but not quite purple enough to be called “wine”. (The hand swatch is probably the most accurate representation of how it would look on your lips as the red seems to keep showing up stronger on camera.) It’s not quite as black and dramatic as Prince Noir, which is the quintessential vamp shade, but it’s a heck of a lot more wearable as well.

This is a classic MAC Matte along the veins of Russian Red, so it still has a hint of creaminess, as opposed to a Retro Matte like Ruby Woo (ultra matte, powdery finish, zero shine). It’s also not like the newer generation of mattes (a la Candy Yum Yum, Force of Love) which are softer, more slippery, and more comfortable to wear, but can look uneven and wear off faster than the traditional mattes. Diva sticks around.

It’s not hard to explain why this lipstick was love at first swipe. The love affair really began almost 20 years ago. Diva does what I’ve wanted a lipstick to do since I was 11. To have an individualistic and assertive presence, without ever sacrificing femininity.  

Marie Antoinette Meets 20’s Noir?
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Yes this look is slightly scary, and plenty odd.
But I love it!
I wouldn’t peg myself as a 20’s girl. I’m quite typical in my love for 40s and 50s classic looks. But somehow in the last couple of years, I’ve found myself getting more and more attracted by the more enigmatic and dramatic artifice of the 20s, as opposed to the structured escapism of the 40s and 50s.
I love how this image seems to pull elements from different ages together (hair powdered grey, dark red cheeks, and a beauty mark are SOOOO Marie Antoinette), but I especially like the stained kewpie doll mouth and deep red cheeks. 
You can probably recreate the look with a bright silver paint (try something from the Metal X collection or foil a silver pigment), black liner, lots of mascara and false lashes, red blush (Nars Exhibit A comes to mind), and a deep black-cherry lipstick like MAC Diva, topped with gloss.
Don’t forget a well-placed beauty-mark and finger-waved hair to complete the look!

Marie Antoinette Meets 20’s Noir?

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Yes this look is slightly scary, and plenty odd.

But I love it!

I wouldn’t peg myself as a 20’s girl. I’m quite typical in my love for 40s and 50s classic looks. But somehow in the last couple of years, I’ve found myself getting more and more attracted by the more enigmatic and dramatic artifice of the 20s, as opposed to the structured escapism of the 40s and 50s.

I love how this image seems to pull elements from different ages together (hair powdered grey, dark red cheeks, and a beauty mark are SOOOO Marie Antoinette), but I especially like the stained kewpie doll mouth and deep red cheeks. 

You can probably recreate the look with a bright silver paint (try something from the Metal X collection or foil a silver pigment), black liner, lots of mascara and false lashes, red blush (Nars Exhibit A comes to mind), and a deep black-cherry lipstick like MAC Diva, topped with gloss.

Don’t forget a well-placed beauty-mark and finger-waved hair to complete the look!

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