Halloween. Hot toddies. Dry leaves smacking you in the face as the wind picks up. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been wearing leather boots and big sweaters in air-conditioned rooms all summer and brewing pumpkin-spice swamp water in the Keurig at work because fall can’t come fast enough. And, probably, rocking dark lipstick.
What’s better than dark lipstick? Not much. It looks good when it’s messy, it looks good when it’s neat, with a full face of makeup or with nothing more than a negligee and a prayer. It adds instant mystery, intensity, and no one notices if you ruin it with wine. In fact, it’s encouraged. As we’ve learned from rock goddesses Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, dark lipstick always looks better a little roughed up. And with longer nights fast approaching, there’s no better time to add some black magic to your beauty arsenal.
Now, we love luxury products as much as anyone. And in many cases, you really do get what you pay for. But times are tough, and as our mothers say, there’s no reason to pay top dollar for anything designed to be left on a glass, a mirror, or a person. Babes who want to look badass on a budget, rejoice: We have gone into the underworld of strip malls and drug stores to find you the best dark lipsticks under $5 for your experimenting pleasure. Pair them with messy hair and smudged eyeliner. Leather boots and big sweater optional.