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Unless I’m roped into a group costume at work, you won’t catch me in these streets wearing a Halloween get-up. My reasoning is hardly profound—I’m just lazy and one of those people who almost always waits until the last minute. I learned my lesson years ago while standing in a Party City line for a couple’s costume that would sell out before I got to a cashier. Unless I’m thinking way ahead, the stress-free moves are as follows: find the best black lipstick, swipe on a cat eye, and call it a day.
Of course, not all lip formulas are created equal. When I’m going for a dark color that I want to last, a matte finish usually wears the best. Liquid formulas and satin finishes aren’t necessarily off the table either; it really just boils down to personal preference. For instance, while some of us want a true black, others may want their’s with a blue undertone or shimmer. Whatever the case, these options prove that black is more versatile than meets the eye and more importantly, that you actually have options.
Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Multistick- Peacock Pearl
Use this metallic teal as an eyeshadow or cheek color, too.
$24 at Sephora
Ciate London Glitter Flip- Holographic Storm
This stay-put liquid formula has a holographic finish for when you want to make a bold statement.
$9.50 at Sephora
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick- F’N Black
This pillow-soft matte lippie has an ever-so-slight navy tint.
$18 at Sephora
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick- Slayer
A classic pitch black for when you want to slay on Hallow’s Eve.
$20 at Sephora
Makeup Revolution Haunted Lipstick- Captivating Curse
A classic black with Instagrammable packaging.
$7 at Ulta
Melt Cosmetics- Bane
A bold black with a matte finish.
$19 at Sephora
Milani Bold Color Statement Matte Lipstick- I Am Invincible
This classic black is infused with monoi oil to hydrate as you swipe on color.
$6.99 at Ulta
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Lipstick- C604
A longwear, expert-approved shade with a satin finish.
$22 at Sephora
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick- Deep Void 210
A decadent black lipstick with purple undertones.
$40 at Sephora
Urban Decay Cosmetics Vice Lipstick Comfort Matte- Perversion
This cult favorite shade has a matte finish that isn’t too extreme.
$19 at Ulta
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick- Midnight
A smooth, matte black you can depend on.
$18 at Sephora
Sephora #LIPSTORIES Lipstick- Woof
That price is nothing to bark at.
$8 at Sephora
Morphe Matte Lipstick- Ex
One of the most full-coverage black lipsticks on the market.
$9 at Ulta
Givenchy Le Rouge Night Noir Lipstick- Night in Light
What isn’t there to love about this intergalactic shimmer?!
$38 at Sephora
e.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturizing Lipstick- Black Out
A budget-friendly option infused with hydrating nutrients for chapped lips.
$3 at e.l.f. Cosmetics
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