When it comes to lipstick no shade is as daring as black, and yet with celebrities such as Rihanna and Gigi Hadid backing the trend, it appears that this gothic shade is making it's way into the mainstream beauty industry. Having always been enamoured with the goth aesthetic loving this look comes naturally to me. The trick to pulling it off? Keep the remainder of your makeup simple – one bold focus is enough. But that's not to say this look doesn't require a bit of effort. To increase the wear time of your grungy lips, and reduce the chance of feathering, you'll want to begin with a clear lip liner, my favourite is the No Cosmetics No Bleeding Lips secret lip liner. Next, finding the right black lipstick can be difficult as not all are made equal, often times the shade is much more translucent on the lips than it appears in the bullet. Luckily, I've made this task simple as I've discovered one that provides black lips in a single swipe, and won't break the bank; the ColorPop Lippie Stix in Bull Chic ($5). This brand has been all the rage given their incredibly pigmented formulas, eccentric shades, and low price point, so naturally they would have one of the best black lipsticks on the market. The matte formula gives Bull Chic a lengthy wear-time already, but to ensure this lipstick doesn't move an inch I also add a thin coat of the Anna Sui Lip Top Coat to seal in the colour. 

I've amped up the goth factor with an oversized chain chocker from ZARA, but if you're concerned with over doing the trend I would suggest wearing a black dress or playsuit paired with delicate gold jewels to create a subtle impact. I've continued the ZARA trend, accidentally, from head to toe with a frayed cotton top, ripped denim (no longer available), and tracker booties (no longer available). 


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