The specific image of RiRi that comes to mind is one that showed up on my Instagram feed uninvited (which is my way of making a joke since that’s the name of the black Fenty lipstick shade she was wearing). She looked cool, modern, and not particularly witchy, and it got me thinking about how I’d look in black lipstick.
Other celebrities like Slick Woods, Kylie, Beyoncé, Hailey Baldwin, and Joan Smalls have also worn an ultra-dark lip casuall,y and it’s looked surprisingly right-now on them too, regardless of skin tone.
To make the case for black lipstick as a potential everyday look, I asked a few editors at the Glamour office to try out different brands, shades, formulas, and price points to see what they thought. Turns out, wearing a black lip doesn’t mean you’ll get unsolicited directions to the nearest Hot Topic.
See below for the best black lipsticks and how to realistically incorporate them into your routine on days that aren’t October 31.