The beauty world’s obsession with the matte lip runs deep. Season after season for the past several years, the beauty look has dominated the runways (and thus makeup aisles). This spring, however, that’s set to change. Creams are coming back, shimmers are making a return, and there are even a few new finishes poised to enter your standard lipstick rotation. And it’s not just a full range of finishes that are calling attention to lips; there are new tricks and techniques we’re ready to play with too. We’re calling it: This is the year of the lip.
In order to prepare you for the months of lipstick mixing and matching ahead, we partnered with Estée Lauder and Ulta Beauty and tapped one of our favorite makeup gurus, Sona Gasparian, for her take on three lip trends we’re loving right now. Bonus: We also got a sneak peek at the new Pure Color Love Lipstick collection (all 30 shades just launched online here). We're obsessed—and just wait until you see the shape of the bullet (your lipstick application will never be the same).
Click play on the video below for the tutorials and all the details on Estée Lauder's upcoming lip launch (and a never-before-seen photo of Kendall Jenner from the campaign shoot)!
- Apply any lip color all over lips. We used Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color Love Lipstick in Orchid Infinity (set to hit stores in March).
- Let your base lip color settle in and absorb for a few moments. Then create your own metallic look by applying a lipstick in a similar shade with a metallic finish on top. We used Nova Noir from Estée Lauder’s new collection.
- Pick a shade of lipstick, and apply it to your top lip only (we chose Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Love Lipstick in Shock & Awe).
- On your bottom, lip mix it up by applying a lipstick in the same color family with the same finish in a complementary shade. Sticking with matte brights, we used the brand’s Bar Red.
- Grab two lipsticks that are similar in tone, one slightly darker and the other lighter. Apply the darker shade all over, focusing on the outer perimeter of lips. This is where the precise tip of the squared-off lipstick bullet comes in handy. We used a rosy nude called Crazy Beautiful from Estée Lauder’s new collection.
- Apply the lighter shade to just the center of your top and bottom lips. Use a shimmer or crème finish for this step, like Naked City, the creamy nude we used here.
- Use your finger to blend the two shades together, softening the effect into a subtle ombré.
Which look are you going to try? The options are virtually endless, so tell us your favorite lipstick color combo in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out all 30 shades of Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color Love Lipsticks here.