However, there are those, myself included, feel that black lipstick can, and does look fantastic if it is worn the right way. To quote Jillian Venters "You must ensure that you're wearing it, not the other way around."
|Siouxsie looking stunning in black lipstick|
It needs to compliment your other makeup and clothes. There's no set rules about what suits black lipstick, but it shouldn't be casual.
Black lipstick is also used in to world of Haute Couture, which is eons away from hardcore Goths, as a dramatic look. If you can stand it, there are some fantastic tutorials by high end makeup companies such as M.A.C featuring well done black lipstick. These show proper application and the required attitude towards dark makeup which is required for something that has been done badly so many times.