3 Ways To Pull Off Black Lipstick For Black Friday

by Miki Hayes

The best way to celebrate Black Friday (besides some all-nighter shopping, if that's what you're into) is with black lipstick, of course. If you like an excuse to go bold with your makeup, besides Halloween, Black Friday is the opportune time to rock a black lip. I mean, MAC even releases a special edition black lipstick on Black Fridays, which means it's totally a thing. And I know what you're probably thinking— black lipstick is, like, number one on the scariest-makeup-to-wear list. I agree. BUT, the pros outweigh the scare-factor with this one.

First of all, black is universally flattering. It looks good on everybody, so there's no need to stress about picking one with the proper undertone for your skin. Secondly, black goes with everything. You can wear absolutely whatever you want, and your black lipstick will play nice. You can even be matchy-matchy with your lip color and outfit, and you'll only look sleek. That's a win if I ever heard one. Thirdly, no need to spend any extra money on a lipliner. Dark lipsticks tend to need a liner to help them stay put, but if you find your black lippy needs one too, just reach for your black eyeliner. Boom. Done.

But I know black lipstick can be (not so surprisingly) hard to find. If you're on the hunt, here are some options:

Left to right: NYX Macaron Lipstick in Chambord, $6,; Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick in Styletto, $18,; Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 50, $20,; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Tarred, $18,; Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Slayer, $21,

And although it may not seem like it, there are actually many ways to wear a black lip. Here are a few ideas to get you started:


Sometimes the easiest and best way to do a dark lip is to keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Just throw some light-brown shadow in your crease, add some mascara, and you're good to go.

A Little Sparkle

Give your black lip a little oomph by patting a glitter or shiny pigment on the center of your lips. Balance it with simple and classic winged liner.


If you're not ready to go all-black-everything, use a wine-colored lippy on the center of your lips, and fill in the corners with black. You can even match your lids to your lips by using a berry shadow all over the lid, and dusting some black shadow on the outer half.

The options are endless, but with a black lip, you'll be so ready to conquer those Target lines on Black Friday.

Images: Miki Hayes (3)