If the current fixation on
unicorns, glittery bath bombs, mermaids, and childhood novelties like and Harry Potter is anything to go by, escapism is Beauty and the Beast so hot right now. We all want nothing to do with the cold, harsh realities of life, and the beauty trends are showing it. Politics? No thanks. The possibility that rising sea levels will spirit us all away via one big wave by 2020? Hard pass. Threats to women’s rights unlike any we’ve seen in the past fifty years? Get outta here!
But the fact is, putting iridescent sparkles on your face is not the answer to all of life’s questions. And if the world is making you feel a little less than optimistic right now, there’s no reason you should ignore those feelings in favor of
rainbow highlighter and soaps that look like slices of cake. Embrace the darkness. Embrace the other side of life, which is death, and use beauty products that feel a little more authentic to your inner misanthrope. Here are 11 good ways to start.
Like a dark, intoxicating twist on an Irish coffee, this luxurious creation blends a sharp, alcoholic note of Caribbean rum with woody vetiver, heady patchouli, and a deadly dose of — wait for it — cyanide accord, which is derived from bitter almond. The touch of poison (and the name —
memento mori is a Latin phrase that translates to “remember death”) isn’t the only thing that makes the new fragrance a fancy nihilist’s dream: It comes packaged in a glossy black box, complete with lock and key, that looks like something out of an old occult hideout. Kilian Black Phantom “Memento Mori,” $295, available at By Kilian.
Your daily double-cleanse just got a lot more interesting thanks to this charcoal-infused formula, which purifies the skin as it removes makeup (yes, even waterproof) and debris.
Erborian Black Cleansing Oil, $29, available at Sephora.
Not your average black lipstick: A single swipe of this shimmer-laced formula will get you a sheered-out finish that’s surprisingly easy to wear. A few more, and you’re in straight-up goth territory.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Moon Rock, $22, available at Ulta.
Eye-catching sparkle gets an unexpected upgrade with this ultra-fine loose powder. Use it on eyes, lips, cheeks — wherever you want your inner darkness to shine through.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Lit Powder in Anthracite Black, $21, available at Sephora.
A teaspoon of this exfoliating powder turns to a creamy cleanser with just a few drops of water, and leaves skin looking as luminous as a full moon.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder, $30, available at Origins.
If you’re wondering how, exactly, a pan of creamy black pigment could have more than one use, here’s your answer.
This formula will be your secret weapon for attaining everything from a one-step smoky eye to a subtle aubergine lip tint. Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment, $29, available at Rituel de Fille starting April 5.
Fans of the brand’s O.G. black peel-off mask will be stoked to discover this new addition to the lineup, which works both as a physical exfoliant and a gentle chemical peel to shed dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of pores.
Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel, $34, available at Sephora.
This cult-classic color is not messing around, which is to say that it’s exactly what it looks like: a pitch-black lipstick in a comfortable matte formula.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Perversion, $17, available at UrbanDecay.
Aside from being nourishing, oil-absorbing, antioxidant-rich, and otherwise excellent for all skin types, this charcoal-based sheet mask is also a joy to wear.
Vbeauté Deep Sheet Purifying Charcoal Mask, $38, available at Vbeauté.
Yes, you already own black eyeshadows. But they’re nowhere near as intensely dark as this super-saturated formula, which has a matte finish and cream-gel texture that’s like nothing else out there.
Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Leather Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Dramatic Black, $6.99, available at Ulta.
A jarring shade in the tube, this chameleon of a lip color takes on an entirely different appearance once applied — it makes lips look flushed and well-moisturized, with no dramatic color to be seen.
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Color Enhancing Lipstick, $34, available at Sephora.
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