Remember back in the ‘90s and early ’00s when it was really cool to wear black lip liner with super light lipstick? Yeah – it’s a memory I’d quite like to forget, but sadly it seems it might be making a comeback.
Vogue recently touted black lipstick as “the only lip colour you need this season,” and featured an image of a model from Chalayan’s Fall 2019 ready-to-wear show sporting dusky lip liner with peachy-red lips.
I know Halloween is right around the corner, but does that mean black eye liner is suddenly appropriate to use on our lips? I think not.
Vogue’s trend page isn’t the only place we’ve seen the bold lip liner look pop up. After making her recent foray into the beauty industry, reality TV star Kim Kardashian firmly latched onto ‘90s makeup trends – including heavy lip liner and lighter lipstick.
Mad Men star January Jones jumped on the trend earlier this month, rocking a glossy lip with a slightly darker line tracing the edges.
Even the cast of HBO series Euphoria got the ‘90s treatment with bold lip looks throughout the entire season.
My question is: are we ready for this ~edgy~ look to make a comeback in our daily beauty routines? Considering we’ve seen the thick brows, tawny brown eyeshadows and touches of glitter from the ‘90s re-emerge on red carpets and makeup tutorials in recent times, it’s not totally out of the realm of possibility.
There are a few issues with the black lip liner/light lipstick trend making a return. Firstly – kissing is 100% off the menu if you’re bold enough to rock this look. You’ll end up covering you, and your lover’s face in black streaks.
Secondly – reapplying over the course of a day is going to be an absolute nightmare. It’s hard enough to nail lip liner the first time around, let alone every time you take a sip of coffee or a bite of lunch.
I’m calling it. The black lip liner trends needs to stay where it belongs – in the 1990s and early 2000s.