It is undeniable that lips are the beauty focus for Spring / Summer 14. At London and New York Fashion Weeks alike, bright oranges and fuchsias featured next to sickly-sweet lilacs. No matter what the hue, the lipstick was the focus in a number of shows. However, much to my surprise, Spring / Summer 14 brings a dark beauty with it. Forget storing the deeper lip products until later this year, dark, daring lips are to continue making a statement in the coming months. 

While many opt for safer fruity tones like berry, plum or aubergine, as seen on the S/S 14 catwalk at Helmnut Lang in New York, Canadian born Mark Fast showed the most striking, and beautiful, lips of the season, in my personal opinion. His signature, hand knitted dresses were accompanied by incredibly gothic-esque hair and makeup. Dishevelled black hair and lips featured strongly, a refreshing shock next to the pastels of other shows.

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Sarah-Jane Froom, a bareMinerals International Make-up Artist and woman behind the look at the Mark Fast show, said 'The inspiration was Marilyn Monroe, both gothic and punky.'

Similarly, cosmetic heroes M.A.C's most recent collection, entitled 'Punk Couture' echoes the idea of dark and daring make-up even in spring. The now almost completely sold out collection included 4 dark, matte lipsticks, my favourite of which named Hautecore, a jet black matte lipstick, and impossible to get hold of.

As the owner of a black lipstick already, I thought I would try this trend myself. Previously only wearing it on Halloween, with encouragement from M.A.C and Mark Fast, I decided to try this look out.

Firstly, I went for slick, black and glossy. Using Barry M lip paint in black, and slathering M.A.C lip glass in black on top, the look was very 'high fashion'.

Following this, I tried the matte version of the look. Matte textures are very on trend for S/S14, from lips to nails. As I mentioned previously, the coveted M.A.C Hautecore is impossible to get hold of, so instead I used the Topshop Velvet Lip in Raven. This extremely matte shade goes on like a gloss but dries completely matte, although it does have glitter running through it.

Never one to shy away from looking different, I loved embracing black lips. I think the key is definitely to let the lips do the talking, keeping the rest of the face simple. I also think my paper-white complexion helped with this look; moon-kissed skin makes the lips stand out even more. Despite getting a few intrigued looks from fellow commuters, I would definitely wear this look again. 


  1. Those black lips are really pretty!

    x Dawn

    1. Thank you!
      Which do you prefer glossy or matte?
      J x