Shay Mitchell Just Made Us Reconsider Black Lipstick

And we know how to rock it in every day life...

Halloween marks the one time of the year we feel it totally acceptable to throw out our makeup rule book and do something crazy like…. *gasps* applying a black lipstick (because you can’t be Dracula’s mistress without one, right!?)

But Shay Mitchell has seriously made us rethink our neglect of this deepest, darkest lip colour in one of her latest insta posts where she is slaying a black lip, and it shows us exactly why this look shouldn’t just be restricted to Halloween.

While the trend looks great on Shay and models alike (what doesn’t!?), we are trying to get to grips with translating the look onto us normal folk.

There are several prominent issues regarding black & very dark lipstick. Firstly, is it realistic to say it’s not going to smudge throughout the day and leave you looking like your Biro has exploded in your mouth? No, of course its not. Even the greatest of lipsticks budge after a few bites of lunch, so undoubtedly your going to look pretty messy at some point.


The models backstage at Emanuel Ungaro seem to be loving their dark lip
The models backstage at Emanuel Ungaro seem to be loving their dark lip

Secondly, this look is not going to work if you are pale. Everybody knows that a dark red lippy can wash out fairer complexions, so just imagine the damage a black one can do – looking like you’ve risen from the dead, not a good look!

Despite all this, we do actually think with the help of some trusty fake tan and tousled locks, the look could be pulled off by us mere mortals. So, if you’re feeling brave enough to go back-to-black (for the first time), we suggest using Bobbi Browns Lip Colour in Black Raspberry, £19.50. It’s not pure black, It is very dark don’t get me wrong, but it’s a slightly more appropriate shade for normal life vs a catwalk.

Team with a good helping of bronzer and some mascara. Whatever you do don’t try and wear with a smoky eye, or there’s a strong chance Halloween and fancy dress comments will be directed your way.

Gabrielle Dyer


Jessica Stam at Giles AW 15 & Bobbi Brown's Lip color in Black Raspberry £19.50
Jessica Stam at Giles AW 15 & Bobbi Brown’s Lip color in Black Raspberry £19.50