Beauty Chemistry: Your Custom Goth Lip Color


Lorde knows how many lipsticks it takes to create the perfect off-black—her Grammys look involved not one, but three after-midnight shades, because not even a goth pop princess dares to wear a jet-black mouth. Instead, try blending a true black lipstick like MAC Lipmix in Black over a rich cranberry red like Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Terre de Feu. The latter is an exceptionally pretty matte Merlot on its own terms, but when cooled with a dab of Lipmix (with fingers, or with a brush for precision), it goes from a creamy purple Bordeaux to black rose [1]. Add as little or as much black as you’d like to suit your skin tone and attitude. You can actually use the black component to vamp up the tone of any other lipstick in your cache, per Kyleigh Kuhn’s suggestion. Nose ring optional.

Photos by Mathea Millman. 

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  • Catherine Cantieri

    "Lorde knows." I see what you did there. :-)

    • ITGMackenzie


  • Hannah Lloyd-Pancakes

    That nose ring! Oh my word I love it.

  • Carly Jade

    I loved Lorde's make up look last night! And her hair! Ohhh her hair...

  • Bella

    Back in the day (we're talking 90's of course) I was a huge fan of Mac Film Noir. Only the very young can wear it and not look dead, though.

  • Emma Hager

    Loving that nose chain/ring. Subtle yet simultaneously decadent.

  • Miss Niki

    OMG I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ITGMackenzie

    It's from New York Adorned:


  • C

    A top shelf on Mackenzie please!

  • Alessia

    I looove the lipsticks velvet matte from nars!! They last so long and really are pure matte.

  • Natalie Rodgers

    looks like julie hewett sin noir lipstick!

  • Savannah Scorpion

    I love Nars Train Bleu, UD lipgloss in Perversion, and Lipstick Queen's Black Tie Optional. Also, you can do a reverse of this look if you use a black/dark purple liner (NYX's Blackberry lipliner is perfect for this), and then a red lipstick/gloss over top.

  • rosie

    mac's fixed on drama is a great "blood of my enemies" color when you pair it with their nightmoth lipliner. or i'll do melt cosmetics 6six6 mixed with their new matte black lipstick called "bane"

  • growngirlglam

    I missed out on being able to wear the really dark lipsticks! I'm still kicking myself in the butt for that. My daughter would be absolutely mortified, lol! It's very pretty but I'll leave it to the younger ladies.

  • Victoria Larroque

    terre de feu is my holy grail red! Other lip colors layer beautifully over the top. woot woot for the deep lip!


MAC Lipmix
Nars Pure Matte Lipstick