I have a thing for dark lipstick. It is a bit tricky and intimidating but that is why I love it. It’s dramatic. I would like to say that I wear it during the cooler months but to be honest, I like to be taboo and sport it in the warmer months as well. I love a deep, dark, berry stained pout. I love to feel vampy like Theda Bara’s image. I like to feel a bit “runway”. And frankly, I am a closet goth. This is my way of saying I’m OK with the cruel, cruel world.

Dark lipsticks and lip colors are so tricky because of skintone. However, I think that anybody can get away with it if you possess enough attitude. I don’t care if you are dark with gold undertones or ghostly pale with a visible vein road map. It works. It just takes some playing around and lots of confidence. Dark lips create a “harsh” look and you must be able to deal. It does show more imperfections. Lips must be smooth and healthy. Dark lipsticks will cling to dry spots resulting in an unattractive splotchy look. So keep lips moisturized. It is good for them anyways. I’m not going to create any other rules with the rest of the makeup when you wear darks. I like it with a perfectly matte face, sheer nude eyes with or without mascara. I like it with kohl rimmed eyes like Miss Bara’s. I like it with dewey cheeks or matte cheeks. It just doesn’t matter. Just make sure lips are moisturized.

For the Ballsy: I’m talking deep, dark, and dramatic. These colors are rarely for the meek. These are the colors for maximum drama. I’m talking you would wear black lipstick. None of this YSL glamour black gloss. I’m talking something like NYX Lipstick in Penelope, a rich angsty shock your Christian mother black. It retails for $3.50 so that you will even have enough money left to purchase black nail polish and a pentagram necklace ūüôā from Hot Topic. Lips need to be smooth. Coat this stuff on, a lip primer does help from keeping this stuff smooth. NYX also has a wonderful deep burgundy called Almost Black. It has a bit more depth than the straight up black stuff. I also like Egg Plant for a dark purple look. All retail for $3.50. MAC has a nice Lipstick in Cyber which is a black purple with a satin finish. It is a bit hard to work with because it has too much “slip”. It retails for $14. Make Up For Ever has a lovely glimmery navy lipstick in Pearly Blue Black and it retails for $19. I also like their Blueberry which is a deep berry. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry is a deep blood wine lipstick with a bit of sheen. It retails for $7.99.

For the Closet Goth: For a deep lip with a bit of color, try YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Lipstick in Forbidden Burgundy, a rich deep berry. Plus, the packaging will make you feel like a queen. As it should with its $34 price tag. One of my favorites is MAC Viva Glam III which is a matte deep plum. It is dark but it looks “classic” and not a bit like a purple crushed velvet cape. It retails for $14. Another one that is nice is the new Revlon Matte Collection Lipstick in Wine Not. It is a deep, classic matte wine that retails for $7.99. Max Factor Lipfinity 3D Maxwear Lipcolor in Violet Vamp is a nice medium wine with a purple shimmer topcoat that retails for $8.99 (no longer available in the US). Lipstick Queen Wine Sinner Lipstick is one of my favorite blackberry wine shades. It retails for $18. Also I love Chanel Creme Lipstick in Vamp which retails for $28.

For the Wusses: Go for something dark but really sheer. It makes you feel edgy without getting strange stares from your co-workers. I like Urban Decay Apocalypse which is a sheer blackberry in killer packaging. It has a soft vanilla fragrance and retails for $22. One of the best for this category is Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It’s so popular for its edge but wearable factor. It feels great on the lips and retails for $14. Black Radiance has a sheer deep-red¬† brown Radiant Lip Gloss in Mocha Madness. It retails for $2.99 and looks great over other colors to “deepen” them. A lip stain is always a way to get color without harshness. Try something like Urban Decay Lip Envy in Greedy which retails for $17. Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Lip Gloss in Black Hole is a lovely deep wine shimmer. It is buildable for more or less drama. It retails for $20. Or for the daring, wouldn’t you love to bust out a black lipstick during a board meeting or something? Try Lipstick Queen Black Tie Optional Lipstick for $18. It is super sheer, and yes black. It just adds a tiny bit of darkness.

I kind of like this collection because at least Lancome is trying to be edgy with their new Spring 2009 Color Story. It is bold but it is pink which every makeup collection has offered this spring. But, at least this is trying to have some “attitude”. It is inspired by the Piha Volcanic beaches of New Zealand, doesn’t look very Xena to me. Pink Irreverence is supposed to “push the boundaries of beauty”. I don’t know about that since this look as been done a million times before. It is very Deborah Harry and it is very every fashion magazine in the early 80’s. Pushing boundaries,¬† I think not. Pretty while being bold, yes.

EYES: There are two new Color Design Eyeshadow Quads in Irreverent Madame and Mademoiselle Sass. Irreverent Madame looks so much like the singles that Lancome already produces. It has a pale white shimmer, pale pink shimmer, bold magenta, and a sparkling glittery black. All of these are already offered by Lancome. In fact I have a GWP mini eyeshadow quad that looks identical to this. Mademoiselle Sass is the nice warm tone look with a honey shimmer, champagne shimmer, bronze shimmer, and a chocolate brown. These retail for $42. Will the prices ever stop going up! I remember when these were $30. There are two Color Design Pro Cooling Gel Illuminator for Eyes and Face that retail for $20. Think a more expensive and less expansive version of Maybelline Cool Effects. There is High Expectations and Hard To Get. Both are shimmery and pretty neutral gold/bronzes. There are two Laque Liner Long-Lasting Eyeliners that retail for $25. I like Artliner better but these are OK. There is Pure Black and Pure Sparkle, a glittery liner. There are 5 Le Crayon Khol Waterproof Eyeliner that go for $23.50. The quality is pretty nice and wears for a long time. There is Irreverent Brown (dark brown), Rebellious Berry (a medium cranberry that a dyed redhead like myself could rock), Blanc Audacity (eye opening white), and Confidence Noir (a pitch black).

FACE: Two sheer Blush Subtil blushes have been featured. There is High Maintenance for cool skintones and looks and Extravagance for warm skintones and looks. Both retail for $29.50.

LIPS & NAILS: There are three Color Fever Lipsticks in Mademoiselle, Forget Me Not, and Pink Attitude that retail for $25. All are shimmery and sheer to be worn with bold eyes. There are four La Laque Fever Lipcolors that are really nice. They are shiny and shimmery and long wearing.  They go for $26. I love Electric Pink which is a bright Barbie pink shimmer. There are Optical Rose (pale pink shimmer), Lucent Nude (light warm bronze) and Iridescent (pinkish brown shimmer). There are four Color Fever Plumper Lip Gloss that retail for $29. There is Fuschia Flaunt (shimmery berry), City Mauve (shimmery neutral), Downtown Pink (rosey shimmer), and Rose Punk (pale pink shimmer). There is the awesome Color Fever Lip Gloss in Piha Black which is a sheer volcanic ash black shimmer that looks great alone or worn over other colors to deepen them. Retails for $25. There are two cool Le Vernis Nail Colors in Sassiness which is a super pale posh pink and Piha Black which is a silvery shimmering black. Both retail for $18.

Overall the collection is fun and contains a few nice things. I can’t get over how much Lancome’s prices have went up. I like this look but I am kind of sick of it at the same time. I did wear this look out a few years ago so it just doesn’t feel “new”. I also feel it only would look good on blondes and really dark hair. No mousey browns or redheads allowed.

I really need to let everyone know how freak’n stoked I am about Yves Saint Laurent Lip Gloss Pur in #49 Black. I must have this. It is my last makeup frontier. This sends shivers down my spine. First things first, I am a total closet goth. This means that I love gothic styles: deep lipstick, purple hair, Edwardian collars. However, this shocks most people because I seem like a pretty nice, normal gal. Little do they know that I would love to wear black lip gloss. Take that back, I think they know. Thank you YSL for making this one more step closer to kosher. I love the shine, it keeps it from being too 6th grade boy shopping at Hot Topic. It is very chic. I love chic goth looks, forget the purple crushed velvet Ren Fair bustier dress. I want a pencil skirt, granny boots, black lace top with a pussy bow, and a damn black bowler hat. Anyways, I can’t stop thinking about this dumb gloss. Sure black gloss has been around for ages, but this is glamor. This is my type of goth. This is freak’n YSL. I think about this on the lips, deeply and as a dark as it can go with super metallic gold eyes. I think of it layered over a berry shade creating a juicy blackberry. I think of this worn alone on a nude face sans blush or any eye makeup. I think of it with smoky eyes worn slightly light and smoky on the lips. I think about all of the possibilities. I feel I have been living in a makeup rut. I have seen it all, been there done that. Nothing is “extreme” enough anymore, nothing surprises me. This does. This makes me think, I can’t wear this to work, what would my in-laws think, what would random people think. I love it. Because even though I am totally obsessed with this stuff, it still makes me shy. I think, “oh, only weekends out and about Seattle.” I love feeling that way. I’m not scared of body glitter, crimson lips, teal eyeshadow applied in a Liz Taylor Cleopatra type fashion. I’m not scared of cutting my own bangs crooked. But, I am a little scared of the social implications of black lip gloss. It is wonderful. It makes me feel like a rebellious teenager again. Yes, I want attention. I want to be edgy. Except I know I can get away with this. Nobody will say anything. It is wonderful and I must throw down the $28 to have it. If I can find it….

Siouxsie will have nothing on me. My lips will be dark and glossy...

Siouxsie will have nothing on me. My lips will be dark and glossy...