One of the best things about the winter months is that darker, more dramatic, makeup colors become more commonplace for those of us not of the Goth persuasion. Smoky eyes for day and deeper lip shades are good complements for the heavier clothes we wear at this time of year, and they’re almost standard for evening wear as we head into the holiday party season.

Here are some lovely dark colors for your consideration this winter!

Avon’s Midnight Hues: a collection of eye liner, eye shadow and nail shades in Warm Black and Midnight Plum (eye liner in Blackest Black and Majestic Plum) ($3.99 each from Avon Canada).

DuWop offers four shades of duos they call Smoke: coordinated eye shadow and liner in black, navy, olive and plum. Their Lip Venom product also comes in a color gloss formula in a deep berry shade they call Berry Chill.

Kat Von D at Sephora: who better to team with makeup powerhouse Sephora for a color collection based on her signature goth-princess look? With four shades of deep red lipstick, a range of eye shadow duos and two palettes, along with six liquid eye liners in shades like Black Metal Love, you, too, can get Kat’s “cat” eyes.


Revlon’s Color Stay line has an eye shadow quad in blacks and greys called Sultry Smoke. Also check out the “Just Bitten” lip stains in Cherry Tart and Plum Wicked.

Urban Decay is known for their daring colors and even more daring color names. This winter, look for Goddess and Oil Slick eye shadows, Perversion and Smog liquid eye liners, Apocalypse and Revolution lipsticks, and Greedy Lip Envy lip stain.

OPI for Sephora has a handful of gorgeous nail polishes in darker shades. Look for Personal Shopper, Mr. Right Now, Because I Said So, Opening Night, On Stage, Meet For Drinks, Caffeine Fix, Beauty Junkie, Brunette on the Internet, Never Enough Shoes and I’m With Brad. ($9 US at Sephora only)


Chanel seemed to create the fashion of dark nail polish almost overnight with their infamous shade Vamp. This season they’re offering another black shade of polish called Black Satin. And they have a special holiday palette called the Smoky Eye Quad ($56 at Chanel counters/stores) in shades of black, grey and silver.

The late Kevyn Aucoin was the master of the smoky eye and it’s only right that the makeup line that he started developing before his untimely death in 2002 features some truly beautiful darks. Try eye shadows in Aubergine and Midnight, lipstick in Bloodroses or the Liquid Fountain Pen lip gloss in Lilette or Orchelle.

To keep your lips looking their best through party season, try long-wear lipstick formulas like Maybelline Superstay in Wine Shine or Radiant Ruby. MAC’s Pro-Longwear is a popular choice and this fall, there are duos available with deep lip colors and new top coats designed to intensify the base coat. Look at Alta Moda/Hip Love and Red Flame/Orange Flicker.

Happy Shopping!