I just love this picture of Bette Davis. The colors are beautiful against her fair complexion. I love a matte plum lip. It really works for most skin tones.

FACE: Apply a medium to full-coverage foundation such as Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation with fingertips. If extra coverage is needed apply a concealer like DuWop Surface where needed. Dust skin with an illuminating loose face powder such as Everyday Minerals Sunlight Finishing Dust (love that stuff). Take a fluffy blush brush and apply a sheer plummy pink blush such as Lancome Blush Subtil Sheer Powder Blush in Sheer Amourose to the apple of the cheeks.

EYES: Fill in brows with a pencil such as MAC Impecablle Brow Pencil (dirty blonde would be like Bette’s). For the shadows, you’ll need something like Too Faced Natural Eye Duo in Heaven & Teddy Bear. This consists of a cream and a medium brown. Apply the cream shade from lash line to brow. Take the medium shade and blend from lash line to crease. Take a finer brush and apply this medium shade to the bottom lash line. Take a brown eye liner like Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Walnut and line the top lash line, closely to the lashes. This will give the appearance of thicker and fuller lashes. Curl lashes and apply a few coats of mascara such as Benefit Big Brown Mascara. The warm tones in a brown mascara will make cool toned blue eyes look, well, bluer.

LIPS: Apply a lip crayon such as Bobbi Brown Lip Crayon in Raisin Berry (darker plummy brown) or Dusty Nude (medium plummy brown). I like this formula because it is easy to use, has full coverage, and doesn’t feel dry. You can all get this same type of look if you use a plummy lip liner pencil. Fill in lips with the pencil and apply a lip balm over it. I often find this too drying but it is long-wearing.

To get similar nails, apply 3 coats of Butter London Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy. It’s a beautiful beige. Picking a fragrance for this look is difficult. I’m thinking something flirty like Yosh Whiteflowers 1.41.

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This Halloween has really crept up on me between my job being stressful, the renovation, training a smushed faced puppy, and every other little thing that kept coming up. It’s one of my favorites. I was unable to even decorate the new home because the exterior is still a bit “under construction”. It looks spooky as is.

I love Halloween but it is the one day that with my cosmetics I tone it down. I wear very dark lips or dark eyes. I can’t do it on Halloween because I realize just how costumey it can be.

I hope everyone has a very glamorous Halloween, playing it up or playing it down! Have a great one! And don’t you just love this 1920’s flapper goth look by Make Up For Ever. I’ve been swooning over it for sometime. I’ll save for it a non-holiday day.


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.

Maybe it is because I am a closet goth. But, I love the cool toned grapey purple lip look. I love a matte purple with really minimal eye makeup. I love the blue-ish tinted lip whitening sheer violet lip glosses with loud pink eyes. I love a purple hued lip stain with warm, coral eyes. I love it all. But, seriously, this is a difficult shade to wear and a difficult shade to find. It is so frustrating. So that is why I am sharing what I have found with you.

Lipstick: I love a purple lipstick look with minimal eye makeup. That bare even, mascara less look, if the purple is deep enough. I also like it in an 80’s way if the eyes are done a nice, light baby pink with a medium toned purple lip. I have even mixed an almost white purple lipstick for myself to wear with dark, dark eyes. I looked a bit dead but hey, I’ll try anything in the name of fashion. I find that when I find a purple I like, I better buy it because chances are it won’t be around long. Rimmel made an amazing one. It was truly deep and purple but it was amazing because it had lots of silver shimmer. I bought like 10 tubes, which was good because I have never seen it since. It was like I purchased what all the company had. Dior used to have an amazing one too, but it is no more. Even MAC is lacking in this area. However, MAC has two deeper ones that I like. Cyber is a lovely almost black purple but it is very difficult to work with. It is a satin finish which is stupid. It is very difficult to keep uniformed even with foundation on the lips. It wants to gather in certain areas. Your lips have to be flawless and baby bottom soft for it to wear evenly too. But man, once you get it to work it looks amazing. I also like Rebel which is a more on the berry side or purple. It looks nice with that nude eye makeup look. NYX has a pretty good purple selection. They have in their Black Label the shade Seductive which is a medium purple. They have a super shimmery shade in the Diamond Sparkle Lipstick, Sparkling Orchid. This one is a bit to berry pink on me but if you put a black gloss over it, it looks amazing. In their classic formula they have a few nice shades: Orpheus which is a muted grape, Pandora which is a flashy magenta violet, and Iced Lavender which is a super pale and shimmery purple that looks great over other shades. NYX has a great Lipstick Pencil in Vixen which is a deep, dark and gothic purple. Manic Panic has a few goth friendly shades in Black Rose which is a deep, deep purple berry matte and Tramp which is a medium purple matte. Since these are matte, the lips must be very smooth. They have a beautiful pearly purple in Plum Passion. Black Radiance has two nice Perfect Tone Lipsticks in Go Girl Grape which is a grape Kool-Aid and Majesty which is more of a berry kissed plum. Sometimes Sephora brand gets nice pure purple shades. Currently they have Lip Attitue Star in Audaciaous Violet and Plum Vertigo (what is so glam about vertigo anyways?) Victoria’s Secret has an easy to wear pink purple in their Perfect Lipstick in Stiletto. I call it the “work” purple.

Lip Gloss: MAC has a Lipgelee in Moistly which really isn’t much of a purple, but more of a berry. It is very sheer and looks nice with rust eye makeup. NYX has a Sheer Gloss in Lavender Note which is a pale lavender shimmer. It wears nicely over pinks. There are two nice NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Purple Rain a lovely pure purple and Orchid which is another one of those berry, fuchsia hybrids. There is a NYX Sheer Tube Lip Gloss in Lilac which reminds me of MAC’s Moistly. Black Radiance has a nice sheer lipstick in Vogue Vixen but because of my pale skin and the fact that this is sheer it looks a little too pink on me. Stila has a Lip Glaze in Black Cherry this is a bright orchid purple fuchsia shade. Shu Uemura has an amazing Gloss Unlimited Lip Gloss in PR 059 N, it is a deep and shimmery royal purple. It looks amazing alone or layered over those pinkish purple lipsticks to make them more purpley. Shu Uemura also has a super sheer lip gloss glaze in the Gloss Lacquer in Irrational Purple. It is just a hint of purple and looks nice with deep, dark eyes.

Lip Pencil: MAC has an OK Lip Pencil in Magenta which is a vivid pinkish purple. It looks nice colored in the entire lip with a frosty pinkish gloss over it. NYX has the Long Pencil in Deep Purple and the Slim Pencil in Deep Purple and Purple Rain. These are my favorite and the most budget friendly. Manic Panic has two nice lip pencils in Deadly Nightshade which is a deep and dark purple and Ultra Violet which is a vivid purple. Max Factor has a High Definition Lipliner in Purple. I also find that a cheap little eyeliner does the same thing.

Purple lips are hard to find and you ever find one please let me know. I usually find them in cheaper brands (NYX, Wet N Wild), brands made for woman of “color” (Black Radiance, Iman, Fashion Fair) and sometimes super high end French makeup will launch one (Dior, YSL, Guerlain.) It’s weird. I just really want a super dark purple lipstick dipped in tons of gold shimmer. And I can’t find it!

Got to love dark lips...

OK, so I am cheating. This pic has been photo rouged but I love the look anyways. You can’t go wrong with a deep matte lip. It just proclaims Old Hollywood glamor. To get this look apply foundation and concealer if and where needed. This look is all about matte skin, so try something like L’Oreal Quick Stick Instant Foundation and Lola Cosmetics Creme Concealer. Lightly dust face with a large brush with CornSilk Shineless Natural Matte Powder. Pencil in brows or make them appear fuller with a brow pencil such as Benefit Cosmetics Instant Brow Pencil. I’m going to recommend MAC Eye Shadow for the eyes. Brush Bamboo, a nude matte beige, from lashline to brow. Next you’ll be creating a chocolatey smoky eye using Handwritten which is a dark matte brown. Brush it from lashline to just above the crease. Blend in an half circle motion for a halo effect. The shape is round, not almond. Lightly brush this shade under the bottom lashline too. Line eyes with MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee, a rich brown. This is to create thickness near the lashline. Apply false eyelashes or tons of mascara such as MAC Zoomlash in Zoomblack. Coat bottom lashes too. Lightly dust cheeks with a powder blush such as L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Blush in Soft Sun. Line lips in MAC Lip Pencil in Burgundy. Apply a rich matte lipstick such as Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Wine Sinner. That’s the look and you are ready to go. Apply a rich fragrance such as Guerlain L’Heure Bleue which I really need to buy some more of.

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...

I love dark lips which led me to my good friend MAC Viva Glam III Lipstick. This shade is a matte and mute brownish plum. It is chock full of pigment and offers full coverage with a lovely matte finish. I admit that sometimes it is tricky. If you must wear lip balm under this color make sure it is applied evenly or this lipstick will apply very splotchy and make you look kind of like a pit bull. This color was launched in 2000 and I still love it. It comes in the Viva Glam red and black bullet case and has a soft vanilla fragrance. It is my go to for fall or when I dye my hair a burgundy shade. I’m not the only one craving dark lips for fall. All the makeup companies are pushing it such as Sephora, MAC, Smashbox, etc. and it is in all the beauty magazines.

I’ve taken a picture of my lipstick. The flash washed it out a bit but not too much. Just imagine the shade without the sheen of the flash and that is it.

I’ve also taken a picture of myself wearing this lipstick which came out looking like a goth girl MySpace photo. I now know why everyone’s social networking pictures are so lame and serious looking. I thought they were trying to look sexy like they were in an Euro Vogue or something but you’re so serious because you are concentrating on taking a picture of yourself. It’s hard and my arms are up in the air snapping a photo it makes my face look stupid. Anyways, please ignore this. I just wanted to give an example of the look I love. It isn’t perfect and my hair isn’t even brushed…

So, I love dark lips with minimal eye makeup. It takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes to complete. I am going to tell you what products I used for this Iook. First, I applied Lancome Aqua Fusion Teinté Tinted Moisturizer in Shade 1. I applied Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Buff which I mix with a little of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. I love the slip that this provides. I covered a few spots with Maybelline Pure Concealer in Light. ( I love this product!) And I brushed my face with a huge kabuki brush covered with Lancome Dual Finish Powder Makeup in Matte Ecru. I brushed my brows with Lancome Modèle Sourcils in Châtaigne. I applied Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in ABC Gum which is a light peach all over the lid. I brushed and blended Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Secret Service which is a matte warm brown. I coated lashes with Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara in Very Black. (This isn’t horrible mascara, I just don’t know if I’ll purchase again unless I get another awesome coupon that makes it almost free .) I took a large fluffy blush brush and applied Cover Girl Cheekers Blush in Golden Pink. I love Cover Girl Blush and the price is right. I don’t know if this is the best shade for me (others one make me look more alive), I feel it doesn’t photograph well but of course nothing does with a harsh flash on a digi camera. And nothing makes one look much paler than the flash of a digi cam. Finally, I applied Almay Ideal Lipliner in Wine and coated my lips with MAC Viva Glam III Lipstick. Finished in 7 minutes while my ginger tea was still brewing.

Here are some tips for the lips. If you worry about splotchiness with such a pigment packed matte, apply a lip base or concealer or foundation onto the lips to create a smooth canvas. I do this sometimes but then I find it may or may not mess with the vibrancy of the color. I always line my lips when using an intense shade. I like it harsh so I use a darker lip liner. Any liner will work, a nude is perfect for everything. Finally, A Q-Tip is your best friend. If you paint outside of the lines just go around with a Q-Tip to get the perfect pout. Blot if you must.

It’s that simple and you’ll always looked made up and fab.