Always wanted to try black lipstick? The moody hue is newly accessible, making an appearance in multiple collections this summer. For Katy Perry, it was a must-have in her debut line for CoverGirl. “They’ve never had a black lipstick,” says the singer, adding with a smile, “I’m like, ‘Guys, it’s 2016. Everybody’s wearing black lipstick!’” Look for moisturizing matte formulas—Perry’s includes shea, aloe and avocado butters—that will stay put without cracking. “You can layer black lipstick with other colours to add more depth,” says Veronica Chu, makeup artist for CoverGirl, should you be thinking that black lipstick isn’t your everyday kind of look. “[It’s] a great way to make the most of your lipstick collection.”
From top: CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Perry Panther ($11); Maybelline New York Color Sensational Loaded Bold Lipstick in Pitch Black ($10). Been wearing black lipstick since ’97? Graduate to Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kale ($30) and Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick in Night Queen ($5.98).
“Even if you don’t have time to do very much, pop a black lipstick on and you’re still saying something. You’re still making a statement that’s cool, edgy and different.” – Katy Perry