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But the latest TikTok beauty trend to garner attention isn’t exactly modern. Instead, it’s throwing things back to the early 2000s — and the cartoon villain-inspired makeup look is plain sickening.
Remember Shego from “Kim Possible?” Well, the infamous antagonist is the source of inspiration for this gothic viral moment. But it isn’t her iconic green-and-black look that creators are copying. Instead, it’s her lipstick.
Here’s the sitch: If you remember, Shego has a pronounced black upper lip — and virtually no lower lip. To mimic this villainous (and puzzling) look, TikTok beauty lovers are applying black lipstick only to their upper lip, creating a two-toned pout.
Needless to say, the results are pretty fierce — just like Shego.
In fact, videos with the tag #shego have more than 63 million views on the platform to date. Though the trend has been viral for a minute, Halloween is the perfect time to try a black lipstick look — even if it’s only half way.
To recreate the Shego lip, you need a killer, saturated black lipstick. While a transfer-proof liquid lipstick is a clear choice, a top-notch black bullet lipstick can also work, especially if you dust the freshly-applied lipstick with a light dusting of setting powder. And before you ask, the answer is no, the powder shouldn’t obscure the black color. It’ll just increase staying power.
But don’t forget the ultimate trick to a structured black lip: using any ol’ black pencil eyeliner as a lip liner. You can thank me later for that one.
I’m something of a black lipstick connoisseur, a result of my lite goth-leaning ways. So, after testing and trying countless options, here are my top picks for the best black lipsticks that will lend themselves well to the Shego lip trend.
Shop: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint In Uninvited, $25
Shop: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick In Alien, $7
Shop: Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick In Ultra Night, $38
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