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 🙂 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 flirt with LancĂ´me’s Magie Noire eau de toilette spray every now and then. It is a fragrance that I really love but I don’t wear daily. It is one of my “special” fragrances for some reason. Magie Noire is pretty “heavy” for an EDT, you know like how Opium is. Like Opium, Magie Noire is a thick but wonderfully blended oriental fragrance. I reserve both of the fragrances for special occasions and I think of them both as very sensual and seductive, smoky fragrances. It is a lovely fragrance that is “noire” without being too heavy or animalic. It is an intoxicating fragrance and it does not wear closely to the skin. So, like incense smoke, it swirls around the wearer. It is fragrance with everything: woods, florals, spices, and greens. It is very “French”. On my skin it smells very woodsy, a lovely sandalwood. It is made “fresh” by chypre notes and rose oil. It isn’t too spicy on me but there are “peppery” notes that aren’t over powering to the nose. The spices blend wonderfully with the rose. For an EDT it has an amazing staying power and I can smell it at least 5 or 6 hours later.

Some folks may find Magie Noire dated. It is. It was created in the late 70’s with all of those other wonderful “exotic” oriental blends. These are powerful fragrances and this attitude does wear off on the wearer. I haven’t had anyone of the opposite sex really go wild over this or even comment. I think it can turn off some men. My husband refers to it as the “bitch” fragrance because it carries so much attitude. It’s a very “black cat” fragrance. It just has l’air of a black cat: it’s mysterious and a bit untrustworthy. And it’s a little goth.

I love wearing this fragrance. It is warm and sensual. The price is right at $55 for the 2.5 ounce. At one time I had my hands on the pure parfum which was so lovely but was truly OTT. The EDT is just right for me. It is a little “rawer” than the perfume and it more like “black magic”. This fragrance may not be out at LancĂ´me counters. But, I promise, they have it. You’ll just have to ask. This is the only LancĂ´me fragrance that I love and wish they’d realize what a gem they have and do an add campaign instead of creating more crap.

Its a fragrance that reminds me of a black cat.

It's a fragrance that reminds me of a black cat.



Magie Noire Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 2.5 Oz by Lancome

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com