Today I decided to finally try out a look I’ve been both intrigued and intimidated by for some time. I set out to pull off black lips, and while I was at it, I decided to go for an overall grunge-chic look as well. I am absolutely in love with the results. I feel so incredibly fierce and beautiful. If you’ve been dying to try out a black lip, you need to ASAP, and you can, even if you don’t have a black lip color on hand!
- Perfect your skin. This step is very important for this look. Because the lips are so dramatic, and are meant to be the main focus of the look, you don’t want any blemishes to take away from their rightly deserved attention! I used a combination of a Rimmel London foundation from the drugstore, mostly because of the color, and my Kat von D Tattoo foundation, for more coverage. If you need to conceal dark spots below your eyes, do that as well.
- Add some color to your skin. Since I was getting my inspiration for this look from the makeup that is typical of 90’s grunge looks, I avoided blush to mimic the skin tone that was typical of that era. Instead, I contoured my cheekbones with my usual bronzer, and added just a bit of a more orange toned bronzer on the apples of my cheeks.
- Apply your lip color. I usually do not do lips before eyes, but I waned to go ahead and get the color on so I would know how much eye makeup I wanted to apply since I’ve never worked with such a dark lip color before. I do not have a black lipstick lying around, so I created my own makeshift version for this look. First, I dabbed a small amount of petroleum jelly on my lips. Next, I grabbed my eyeshadow palette and a flat eyeshadow brush and applied the black shadow to my lips just like I would paint on a lipstick. This would also work with a lip brush, if you’re willing to get black shadow on it. If your color is not turning out how you’d like, try wetting your brush a bit, then applying the color to your lips. To make the shadow look just like a lipstick or gloss, and to give the color some staying power, add a clear gloss over the shadow. Nobody will ever know the difference!
- Apply your eye makeup, subtly. I wanted my lips to be in control of this look, so I went light on the eye makeup. I primed my lids with this, then swept on a base coat of a shadow that was the same color as my skin. This particular shadow was from a miniature Ulta palette, but any shadow will do, as long as it is matte. Next, I used a flat shadow brush to line my top lash line with black shadow and smudge it out a little. Be sure to blend it out with the skin tone shadow to get the smudged effect without making your whole lid black. Next, I added just a touch of orangey-brown shadow very lightly right in my crease. Finally, I traced a very thin line along my top lash line with Kat von D’s tattoo liner, just to give my lid and lashes some extra definition before adding mascara. I went pretty light on mascara, as well, keeping it to one coat on the bottom lashes and a few on the top. Note: there is no makeup on the lower part of the eye for this look.
- Add your finishing touches and go rock it. I paired this bold makeup look with an oversized men’s camo shirt over leggings and booties, and a half-up bun. Obviously, you can style yourself however you feel best, but I loved the tough and edgy vibe this look gave me. And never forget the most important part of pulling off a look like this one, confidence! Now you go work that black lip, you little fashionista.
Even though the cat eye has been a classic look for decades, it’s still tricky for tons of women, and can seem nearly impossible at first. This is a step by step guide to make things easier. I wear a cat eye almost every day, and this method is what works best for me. I use Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to accomplish this look. The steps corresponding to the pictures are below.
- Start with a good base. This is a crucial step, and is often overlooked, especially by those new to the world of makeup. I prefer to wear a primer and at least a little eyeshadow under my eye liner. If I don’t wear primer, like this one, my eyeliner will slide right off. Experiment with what works best for you, but always make sure your eyelids are a good base for your cat eye, or it could make the whole process a lot harder.
- Draw a thin line along your upper lash line. Be sure to get the liner in your tight line, too.
- Create a wing. I like to draw my wing from the outer corner of my lid to the top of my lid, angling towards the end of my eyebrow.
- Draw an outline. Draw a line connecting your wing to your lash line. I like to end this line about halfway into my lid.
- Fill it in. Be careful not to mess up the shape you just drew, and make sure you don’t miss any spots!
- Apply mascara. Apply your favorite mascara to your top and bottom lashes to complete the look. If you want to curl your lashes, it’s best to do this before you do your eyeliner to avoid smudges.
Delving into the world of high end beauty products can be overwhelming. You can feel confused, excited, enchanted, and probably outraged at some of the prices. You’ll likely have a lot of questions at first, like “Why would I need that?” “What the heck is that?” “Will this really make my face matte for 24 hours?” and “FIFTY DOLLARS?!” You’ll probably also have an intense urge to spend all of your money, no seriously, you will want to spend every penny you have, on luxury makeup items. So, to prevent that from happening, I’ve compiled a little list of what I think are necessary high end products, and what you should probably just snag at the drug store.
High End Necessities
- Foundation: Foundation is literally the base of your whole look. It’s like building a house, if the foundation is wrong, not much else is going to be right. Whether you’re going for a natural look or a full fledged Kim K cakeface, you need to make sure your foundation is on point. My favorite is Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation. You can get it here.
- Eyebrow Products: If you don’t fill your brows in, you need to start ASAP. It will change your life. Well, maybe not your life, but it’ll definitely give your look a little something extra. Can you say “eyebrows on fleek”? However, while filling in your brows can make your look, nothing can break your look quite like half an eyebrow being sweated off or getting rubbed off when you change your shirt. It’s mortifying, and that’s why I recommend buying a high end eyebrow product. My favorite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. You can check it out here.
- Liquid Eyeliner: This is only necessary is liquid eyeliner is a staple for you, like it is for me. I wear cat eyes every day. I also have oily lids and watery eyes. Without my go-to high end liner, my cat eyes don’t stand a chance. If you live for liquid liner, like I do, or if you’re thinking about trying cat eyes in the near future, I recommend Kat Von D Tattoo Liner or stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.
Drug Store Steals
- Powder: If you have the right foundation, you only need powder for setting. My favorite is Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher. You can pick it up at any drug store that sells makeup, and you can check it out here.
- Lip Products: There are amazing lipsticks, glosses, and liners at the drugstore. There are hundreds of choices at such reasonable prices you won’t be able to resist. My favorite right now is the Kate Moss Collection by Rimmel London. You can see it here.
- Mascara: There are a million mascara choices, and we all have individual lash needs. Just experiment until you find the one that’s best for you. My go-to is Cover Girl LashBlast Volume mascara.
- White Eyeliner: The Nyx Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk is a must. It’s perfect for applying white eyeliner to your sensitive waterline and inner corners. It can also be used as a highlighter in a pinch. I highly recommend picking one up.