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Sometimes the Best Halloween Costume Is Just an Inky Goth Lipstick — Here Are 10 of Our Faves

One sweep, and you can consider your costume sorted.


By Katherine Kluznik

Sometimes the best option also happens to be the easiest. Case in point: your Halloween costume. Sure, you could spend the next few days hunting down an ensemble that lets you channel Pennywise from It or Eleven from Stranger Things, but after all the time you’ve already put into transforming your mini me into a miniature Wonder Woman and outfitting your dog as his nemesis (a.k.a. the UPS delivery guy) who needs more work? Our suggestion: Pull out an all-black outfit, sweep on one of the 10 goth lipsticks below, and consider your Halloween look sorted.

MAC Matte Lipstick in In the Spirit

The only thing more classically goth than chipped black nail polish and a sullen expression? Pure black lipstick, of course. MAC’s take offers an appropriately matte finish but won’t leave lips dry and cracked by day’s end.


E.L.F Moisturizing Lipstick in Black Out


If you have a feeling your goth phase will only last a single night, this super-bargain of a black lipstick is the ultimate low-commitment option.

Lime Crime Velveteens Liquid Matte Lipstick in Wicked

A sweep of blood-red lipstick indulges your inner vampiress, no fangs required.

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in Blood Red

Housed in a silver bullet, the red hue of this creamy formula is based on the actual color of blood. A bit creepy, yes, but the result is also incredibly flattering.


NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick in Midnight Muse


A literal take on feeling blue, this navy option is as just as appropriately gloomy as black.

Nars Satin Finish Lipstick in Fast Ride

With a finish as velvety as those on-trend boots you just added to your cart, this deep mulberry lipstick will remain wearable long after your candy coma is a distant memory.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquid Lipstick in Marsala

A super-saturated black-raspberry shade will stay vivid through a night of haunting your neighbors. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Plum Role


The deepest of deep purples, Smashbox’s Plum Role is a surprisingly flattering hue that you'll be able to carry off long after All Hallows’ Eve.

Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in Rouge Louboutin


We never would have pegged Christian Louboutin as having goth tendancies, but the baroque tube of his matte lipstick says otherwise.

Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in Burgundy Vibes


A cream-stain hybrid in a deep red shade gives a just-bitten look that'll last through the witching hour.

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