How do I pull off black lipstick?
Seen on runways earlier this year including Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and Rodarte, gothic black lips can create a bold, avant-garde look that stands out among the standard crimson or pink pout.
But the strong rocker-inspired style is not the easiest trend to pull off.
Marc Jacobs Beauty's global make-up artist Gilbert Soliz, 38, who is based in New York, provides tips on how to wear the look.
• Balance out the make-up
The rest of your make-up should be kept clean and subtle to balance out the strong lip.
Eyes and cheeks should be kept neutral and fresh.
• Add some colour
Instead of just wearing pure black, you can also add shades of burgundy or plum to the centre of the lips to make the look more wearable and flattering.
• Stick to lipsticks with a matte or satin finish
These formulas often last longer and their durability will help prevent the colour from feathering.
Here are some products to help you get the look:
1. Vice Lipstick in Perversion, $29, from Urban Decay, available at Sephora outlets and Urban Decay freestanding stores
This highly pigmented shade glides on the lips smoothly and creates a soft matte finish.
2. Studded Kiss Lipstick in Slayer, $32, from Kat Von D, available at all Sephora outlets
The creamy lipstick provides opaque colour coverage and a velvet matte finish.
3. Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kiki, US$18 (about S$25), from Popstar Cosmetics, available at www.popstarcosmetics.com from Monday
This liquid lipstick dries to a solid matte finish and lasts for at least five hours.
4. Rouge Dior Lipstick in Visionary Matte, $49, from Dior counters
The deep blue colour suits those who want a dark look, but are not ready to fully embrace a black pout.
5. Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Scandal, $42, from Marc Jacobs Beauty, available at all Sephora outlets
The dark purple plum shade will give dark lips a slightly warmer tone.