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…



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.