How Often Do You Wear Dark Lips?

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MAC Strong Willed Pro Longwear Eyeliner

Ya know, just going to TJ’s…

Hmm… Not often, now that I think about it. Maybe three or four times a month? As much as I like the look, I wear a nude lip much more often.

I’m actually paranoid about uber-dark lip products wandering outside my natural lip lines because I’m constantly rubbing and smacking my lips together (been trying to break the habit for, oh, years).


Here’s something I do a lot: I’ll be at the grocery store or someplace equally unspectacular thinking, “Oooh, everyone’s checking out my super cool dark lips,” when in reality they’re probably wondering who the crazy woman with the black lipstick on her chin is and why she’s fondling the grapefruit.”

So let’s talk dark lips, babe. How often do you wear ’em? Are you all about the drama even for everyday looks? Or are they more of a once-in-a-blue-moon thing? Or do you just simply never wear them in general? Inquiring makeup minds want to know…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. It’s business casual Fridays, babe. πŸ™‚ CFO (Chief Feline Officer) Tabs the Cat would like to wish you a productive day.

Tabs in his business casual tie

Takin’ care of business…

He has a busy morning planned. Lots of important corporate matters to attend to, so he went with his favorite tie.

He feels that it conveys a certain gravitas.

As for me, I’m about to jump on the treadmill to get my sweat on because if I don’t do it now, I probably won’t do it at all today. I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way I became a morning exerciser. I’m just usually too tuckered out to exercise in the evenings.

How are things going over there today? Can I give you a random hug?

(pause for big hug…)

Any exciting plans this weekend? Nothing for me, but I am going to the salon tomorrow to get my hair cut and colored. It’s not really exciting, but I’m looking forward to the meow time.


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  1. Agata says:

    Happy Friday! Tabs looks totally adorable wearing his tie!

    I don’t wear dark lips often either or mostly ever. The darkest lipstick I have is Mac Private Party (I think that’s the name of it) from the Divine Nights collection, I liked wearing it in the fall but now I am ready for fresh spring looks with bright pink or coral lips!

    Salon time? Nice! Are you doing anything different or sticking to the same color?

    • Karen says:

      Hey girl! Tabs says thank you for the lovely compliment. He’s all about accessories (as you know).

      Oh, I love that MAC shade, too, but I am so with you, though! Right now I want to wear are fresh spring colors. I haven’t put on any lipstick yet (just got out of the shower), so I might have to go with a coral today.

      I’m really looking forward to relaxing at the salon tomorrow. I’ll probably stay with the same dark color, and then add in a couple subtle highlights in the front to break it up a little. Have you done anything with your hair lately? When is your next appointment?

      Happy, happy Friday!

      • Agata says:

        My last hair appt was before Christmas and I went with the usual blonde color. I’d like to change something up a little bit next time I go but I haven’t decided what to do. I am looking for some inspiration.

  2. Gowthami says:

    I haven’t!! btw you look gorgeous Karen! xo
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  3. Awwwww, Tabs looks so dapper in his tie! πŸ˜€ Adorable!

    As for how I often I wear dark lips, not very often. It tends to look harsh on me, and also a bit overdone what with me wearing very heavy eyeshadow and all.
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  4. Allison C says:

    Once in a blue moon, for me, though I have several dark lipsticks that I love. Not only do I find they wander, but I never know what to wear with them. Usually instead of the dark one, I find myself grabbing the red
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  5. Thanks for a hug, exactly what I need right now πŸ˜‰
    And, yeah, I do love a dark lip occasionaly!
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  6. I wore black lips in my newest tutorial! Ha. I don’t wear them as often as I’d like, but I do wear them and have no issues doing so. Light lips are just easier since it’s less fuss.
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  7. rashmi says:

    goegeoussss and oh so daring darling πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    i do like and my best one is MAC nightmoth with mac rebel .. loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the combo πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
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  8. Danielle says:

    In the fall I wear dark lips pretty often and usually by the winter I’m tired of that look (but I will still go for dark lips occasionally).
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  9. Julie says:

    I don’t wear dark lips on a regular basis, but I do wear bold lips (reds, pinks, oranges, you name it!) a couple of times a week!
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  10. Vanessa says:

    Almost never, but I wish I could wear them more often. I too am paranoid that the product will travel and I don’t really like SO much attention on me….

    I remember when you posted the lorde look. I had my mouth open like “this is to cool!”

  11. Sarah says:

    Nopes. :s

    But I’d try someday for sure!
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  12. Yogirl says:

    Happy weekend everyone and everywhere!
    On Sunday I will go to the theatre to see Joan Collins with her one woman show, she is 80 and still looks fab.
    But probably without dark lipstick πŸ™‚

  13. Katherine says:

    I wore dark lips several times a week in the autumn and then got out of the habit over Christmas. I wore MAC’s Carnal Instinct today, which is pretty dark and vampy on me, and I absolutely loved it. It’s reminded me that I should try to wear dark lips a bit more often before spring comes. We’ve got almost a month to wait here before Fantasy of Flowers hits the shops, so I’ll try to make the most of that time. πŸ™‚

  14. gio says:

    Rarely. I just prefer softer pink or coral shades.

    Tabs looks adorable! Love the tie!
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  15. Katherine M says:

    I’ve done dark lips for Halloween before but never in every day life (I normally wear lip balm or gloss, and occasionally a soft rose pink by NYX). I love salon time. I just got 4 to 5 inches off recently because my hair was almost to my waist. No split ends but my hair was getting to that point where it was long, heavy, and the layers didn’t have as much shape. I usually do my color myself unless I am making a big change. My hair now is just below collar bone length with subtle long layers. It’s perfect and can still be styled in a braid or ponytail easily without random layers sticking out. Enjoy the salon time – it’s always fun to do that, even if you don’t get a big change. Sometimes all you need is a trim or a couple new different layers to spice things up.

  16. Annette says:

    Karen, you look great in black lipstick. I especially like that first picture. I’m still afraid to try black. πŸ™‚ My darkest lippie is Mac Cyber.

  17. Fancie says:

    Lmao @ fondling the grapefruit! I wear them pretty often during the fall and winter. I’m still heavily addicted to bright lips all year round lol. But I’m warming up to vampy shades. They’re sexy!
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  18. Stacey says:

    The first pic of you reminds me of a Lorde video. Have you seen it? It looks awesome the way the light is behind you.

  19. Anna says:

    As dark as your first picture? Never! Maybe 2x a month, but I keep meaning to more often… πŸ™‚ Simple mascara and pretty red lips is lovely! πŸ™‚

  20. Ambritt G says:

    You look so gorgeous in the first pic!!! Since its winter I try to wear darker lip colors most of the time. I absolutely love to wear dark burgundy lipsticks!

  21. Chaitra says:

    Cant carry it off like you miss πŸ™‚ You are rocking it all the way x
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  22. Jami says:

    I haven’t worn dark lips since the mid 90’s when dark and vampy was the newest rage. MAC’s Paramount was the darkest I went, which is nothing compared to those almost black lips you are sporting! I need to be able to put lipstick on in the car and it’s easier with lighter colors.

  23. Natalie says:

    I wear them every once in a while, but I have thin lips so not that often. Sadly. I love the look of a dark lip.
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  24. Sylirael says:

    Tabs look ridiculously, ridiculously cute in that tie. I can’t even… πŸ˜€

    I love wearing dark lips – it’s one of the few things you can easily pull off when extremely pale!
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  25. Allyson says:

    I actually really love wearing straight-up black lipstick. I’ve found that MUFE makes one that when worn over eyeliner and blotted seems to have a bit of a blue undertone.

    I don’t wear it often because it’s a bit high-maintenance and obviously not workplace appropriate or everything, but I have and do wear it during the day sometimes. It’s unusual but I’ve found if I wear it with unexpected clothing — a floral dress or something — and maybe because my hair is light, it doesn’t look super gothic or anything like that.

    It’s also great to wear in a bar if you don’t want to be hit on, haha.

    TL;DR: I LOVE dark lips especially black! Definitely want to try out the shade you have on in these pictures, you look lovely!
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  26. Erin says:

    I do it a few times a year. Revlon Super Lusterous Black Cherry!
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  27. Lisa S. says:

    I never wear black, but I do where MAC’s Grey Friday every so often.
    Also when I wear red it’s a dark, usually brownish red. I do love a deep berry purple color, too. Love Macs “All of My Purple Life”, it’s more deep purple then berry, but still so, so pretty.
    Always in fall and winter though. Spring and summer call for light and/or bright,

  28. Lexie says:

    I don’t usually wear dark lips- almost never or really bright lips. I feel like it’s too much to wear for a simple trip to Target. Lol. I really love the way they look though.

  29. Lisa S. says:

    By the way, I still wear,Evolution Revolution (Bloggers Obsession collection), too!
    I’ts light and pretty, and perfect for spring and summer. I still have two backups, so I’ll be wearing it for some time. :0) Thank you Karen!

  30. Majick says:

    I love your dark lip look! I just bought MAC nightmoth but I cannot rock it. I will try it with another combo like someone else suggested and put it under Dare Me or one of my other dark reds.

    When I was younger and my lips were PERFECT (they really were, but now alas they are a bit thinner and lined – BOO)I definitely rocked a dark lip more. Now I have to work with the look because of my age – I never want to be one of those women who “try too hard”. I think all ages can be funky and cool but you have to do what works for you.

    That said I wear BRIGHTS and red (and heavy pigments) all the time. I think I will try a dark lip this weekend.

    Love TABS’ tie – and thanks SO MUCH for the hug! XOXO

  31. M says:

    Oh, my gosh, love that tie! Tabs is very professional-looking πŸ˜‰

    You know, as much as I love dark lipstick, I don’t wear it very often. Just seems a lot of fuss to me, what with liner/lip brush/fussing over whether or not it’s on my chin (I feel ya on that one). But I wear red lipstick at few times a week, and that’s not much, if any, less fuss. I have to say that I haven’t fallen in love with the formula of the couple of dark lipsticks I have, so it may be worth playing around with different products.

  32. Diana says:

    I wear dark lips very often, but it depends on my mood and my outfit.

  33. Lotus says:

    I love the look of a dark lipstick — always have! Unfortunately I tend to get in a rut with lipsticks, wearing the same one for several days. My cure for this is keeping several different shades in my purse so I can switch it up if I want to.

    I am constantly paranoid about being crazy-lipstick-on-the-teeth lady, so when I do wear a dark lip I make sure to tell my boyfriend, co-worker, or ladyfriends they had better let me know when I fall victim!

  34. marisa says:

    I hardly ever wear dark lips. I think the dark, intense and dramatic look can look stunning, and can even look adventurous and daring, and takes some serious confidence to wear. But for me the super dark lip look is it is not my color of choice.
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  35. Carla N. says:

    I’m NW15, but brunette and kind of fearless when it comes to lip color, so, yeah, I wear dark lips fairly often.
    The darkest lipstick I own is MAC Night Violet [Mattene], and I find it fairly intimidating, so I don’t wear it all that often – maybe two or three times a year, always in fall or winter.
    Deep reds I’ll do ANY time! In fact, I just got a new [to me] one today, “Legend” by Paula Dorf. It is a heavenly deep true red. I love it!
    So, I guess the short answer to your question is: often, at least once a month.
    ^ That’s assuming that dark reds “count.”

  36. Not often enough! I think the darkest shade I own is MAC Rebel.
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  37. Denise S says:

    The darkest lipstick I’ve worn is brown. But the black looks good on you! Tabs is so cute but I’m still in shock that Tabs is the size of a small puppy.He doesn’t look fat maybe big boned.LOL I Loved the Sunday with Tabs You Tube video.!!!

  38. Melody says:

    Where oh where did you get that collar?! I would so love to put it on PJ.. Right now he’s wearing a black bowtie collar =^_^=

  39. May says:

    Greetings from Canuck Land! I have to say of all the pictures I have seen of Tabs, this picture really makes me melt. I think an awwww.. is just not enough.It is cuteness, adorableness, fuzziness, and cuddleness overload. I do not have a furball in my life unless you count Boo our Greek neighbours big fat white kitty that occasionally decides to greet us with his presence or the ‘coon family that occasionally decides to have late night pool parties in our hot tub (which we never use). Animals are just awesome!

    Okay, back to make up. Love the black lipstick. I really should consider it. What kind of rocker chick would I be if I did not have black lipstick in my make up collection? I love your entire look. Did you do your hair? Ooh.. and what shade do you use?

  40. Iris says:

    I used to wear dark lipstick often but not very much anymore.

    I don’t think I can pull it off with most of my daily looks. On the other hand, the dark lipcolour looks fabulous on you, Karen. πŸ™‚

  41. Cindy says:

    I absolutely love love love dark lipstick especially now in the winter. I go for a more dark burgundy look tho. Im currently obsessed with Milani’s Black Cherry & OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia <3

  42. Abby says:

    I wish I wore dark lips more. I am in the same boat as you, constantly touching and licking my lips. I love the look of dark lip colors though!

  43. Rachel P. says:

    I love wearing dark lips! I have similar fears about it spreading and smearing when I touch my face (which I try so hard not to!) or when I’m eating and drinking. Or even if I smile big and get lipstick on my teeth. BUT, I like the look so much, it’s worth the maintenance for me. I’d say I rock a dark lip about twice a week, usually at night- preferably dark plum colors. Wine plums, berry plums, reddish plums. Matte formulas stay inside the lines better for me and are lower-maintenance. I have been getting braver wearing the dark lip during the day, too!

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