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Wearing Illamasqua black lipstick in Pristine / photos by Julia Chesky

I might be completely sabotaging my love life with this one? Whatever, it keeps the distractions at bay. Flipping sub-culture aesthetics on their head has become somewhat of a past-time for me. I’d advise pairing a black lipstick with a big smile so not to scare the kiddies. And no one will make out with you, so there’s that too. If you dare, you can use a black gel liner with black kohl liner (my favorites) to a very similar effect until you’re ready, if ever, to fully commit. I used black liner to line and fill in my lips here as well.

I’ve got one more lipstick to add to this saga soon…

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wearing NARS velvet matte lip pencil in le Train Blue / photos by Julia Chesky

Approximately 1 million moons ago, I did a post entitled Dark Lips: Test 1. Somewhere in my brain I’d obviously planned a Test 2 but who knew it would be approximately 1 million moons later. Well, here it is.

Since my last post, I’d now call myself a dark lipstick aficionado. I no longer reserve a dark lip for nights out and wear the look to many a Monday morning meeting. It’s kind of a thing now. I’m so comfortable in a dark lip that pretty much any other color makes me feel like a clown. I’m still experimenting with the brighter end of the color spectrum but have yet to the house in anything close. That scares me. Who goes straight from no-lipstick-ever to basically-black-lips-always? This girl. Let’s call it giant baby steps.

The above lip pencil is my current everyday color by NARS. It’s the perfect matte plum with serious staying power. I rotate between about 5 other colors now (including my still-beloved Kat von D Homegirl or Rosary & Illamasqua’s Growl)

To be continued…next week, not next year.

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