A few weeks ago, I was interviewing trend forecasters and notable makeup artists in an attempt to predict a few about-to-blow-up type trends for 2017. First up? Sir John, L’Oréal Paris's celebrity makeup artist and Queen Bey's go-to guy. He excitedly said of his favorite makeup trend for the New Year, "The PB&J hack is actually one I stole from Beyoncé." I gasped—audibly—and instantly thought, This is going to be huge.
I pulled myself together and asked him to elaborate. Excited, Sir John explained: "I am coining this a new trend in 2017. The technique is all about mixing different shades of lip colors and 'smacking' lips together to create a super-ethereal, cool look. It's something [Beyoncé and I] came up when were super rushed before an event. We already had color on her bottom lip but didn't have enough time to sit there and apply color to the top. I grabbed the closest lip color (which was a totally different shade than the one on her bottom lip) and quickly applied it. Without thinking, she smacked her lips together. The end result was a gorgeous wash of color."
"It's like you're walking around with a piece of art on your face—it's a truly custom lip every time you rock the look," he continued. "It also creates this visual interest as people get closer to you because they start to see this 3D color effect."
He warns, "So many women are used to rubbing their lips together, sort of how you used to do with lip gloss. In this case, though, it doesn't mix the color well, so you do not want to rub." Instead, Sir John instructs, "smack the color together on your lips. When you hear the smacking sound, you know you're meshing the colors together perfectly."
The great thing about this look is the subtle difference between the shades of lip colors you use. This is best done with colors that don't dry quickly. The ideal product? "My holy grail product pick for this is the new L'Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paints ($8)," explains the makeup artist. "Not only is the formula the perfect consistency, but there are also a ton of shades—you have so many options for color duos. As long as you keep the colors in the same family, you are golden."
For example, Sir John recommends trying a dark berry on your top lip and a wine color on the bottom, or an orange on top and neon pink on the bottom. If that sounds a bit too outside the box for your usual vibe, get into a neutral camel shade on your bottom lip and a pinkish rose on top. "I just used both the Bewitching Bordeaux and Violet Twist shades on a client, and it was flawless," he says.
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As with highlighting, when you apply the colors, be sure to place the brighter color where you need the most definition. "This is usually the top lip, as our top lip tends to be smaller than the bottom lip," Sir John says. When you try the technique for the first time, get in the habit of "smacking" your bottom lip slightly over the edge of your top lip. That's the expert trick to get that coveted natural, full lip.
Would you try this look? Let us know in the comments below, and then check out the other makeup trends that will reign supreme in 2017.