Beyoncé's Spring Lip Is Dark, Moody, & Fabulous

Most of us refer to the adage "black goes with everything" when talking about clothing because, well, it does. But slap an onyx hue onto your lips and all of a sudden you're deemed "scary," "daring," or "unapproachable." Well, we're here to prove the haters wrong. In fact, if you ask us, the same fashion trick applies to makeup, too.

"I love matte black lipstick, such a bold and arrogant shade, [it] frames every word that leaves my mouth," says Lydia Pang, daily black lipstick-wearer and creative director at Refinery29. "It underlines everything I say. Caps lock, full stop, bolded — it pronounces on my behalf."

For those used to sporting bright reds and pinks, especially in the spring, it's may feel like a leap to purchase a tube of black at the first signs of warm weather. But trust us when we say that the lipstick color is as flattering as it is edgy. Just ask all the celebs — including Beyoncé — who've been rocking the shade on the red carpet as of late.

Check out all the ways to wear it, ahead.

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Joan Smalls

Smalls kept things simple with this all-black ensemble — complete with an inky pout. "Less is more," says makeup artist James Vincent. Make your black lipstick the focal point of your look by keeping your skin natural and eyes soft, he told Refinery29.
Make Up For Ever's offering has a slight satin sheen that keeps your lips from looking too flat.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Satin Black, $20.00, available at Sephora.
Rihanna

You already know that the queen of bold makeup can rock any lipstick color, whether it's green, blue, or black. She paired the latter with golden eyeshadow and an itty bitty cat-eye — and the look is fresh, but impactful.
Unlike many onyx lipsticks — which can require building and layering — this option offers full-coverage pigment in just one swipe.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Stallion, $21, available at MAC.
Gigi Hadid

Feeling intimidated by pitch black? Make like Gigi Hadid and opt for midnight blue instead: It's soft and unexpected, but still makes a statement.
"This color screams attention," says celebrity makeup artist Ermahn Ospina. "No need to fight it. The more discreet the rest of your makeup is, the better." This velvety lipstick may go on matte, but it never feels dry, thanks to the castor seed oil and shea butter in the formula.

Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Black is Blue, $25, available at Ardency Inn.
Shay Mitchell

If you're intrigued by true black and midnight blue lipsticks, but aren't quite ready to go all the way, try a deep berry hue à la Mitchell instead. Think of the vampy color as black lipstick on training wheels. (Plus, she told us that this is one of her favorite makeup looks — ever.)
This matte, deep aubergine lipstick is one of our go-tos. Sure, it isn't pitch black, but baby steps, right?

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, $27, available at NARS.
Photo: Via @beyonce.
Beyoncé

While the Beyhive was busy guessing what the Queen has up her sleeve (is she dropping a new album, or not?!), she threw us another curveball: pairing her airy, blackbird-printed Temperley London dress with an unexpected matte black lip.
Kat Von D Beauty just revamped its entire Studded Kiss collection — and this pitch black is at the top of our shopping list.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick, $19.00 Buy
Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner is another celeb known to experiment with a rainbow of lipstick colors. We're partial to this true black shade on the reality-star-turned-beauty-entrepreneur.
Kylie's Dead of Knight Lip Kit is long gone, but Sephora's $8 option is a fitting (and cheaper) dupe.
Sephora Collection #Lipstories Lipstick, $8.00 Buy
Photo: Via @makeupvincent.
Hailey Baldwin

From the sequined dress to the high-shine lipstick, this look is practically begging to be seen at an after-hours spot.
This shimmery new release from Guerlain shines anywhere — but looks especially good under club lights.
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lipstick, $32.00 Buy
Photo: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images.
Selah Marley

Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley's daughter looked gothy glam at the Christian Dior show during Paris Fashion Week.
Vogue snapped the beauty applying a product that appeared to be this long-wear liquid formula.
Dior Rouge Dior Liquid, $37.00 Buy
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