Trends in the beauty community come and go like crazy – there’s a new one every week. One trend that I never really gave a real go was the metallic lips trend. I’d tried it a couple of times, but never got fully into it.
2018 is the year of experimentation for me. I want to venture outside of my comfort zone a bit. Metallic lipstick isn’t something I’m totally comfortable with, so I set myself the challenge to make this trend as wearable as possible. It was never going to be easy because, as you all know, I love my mattes. However, this didn’t stop me jumping into this challenge, and here’s how I did it.
I’m not going to lie, I more often than not over line my lips when applying lipstick etc. This becomes more noticeable with ‘textured’ lipsticks like lip glosses and metallics. To combat it being overly noticeable, I decided to try ombre-ing my lip liner into the metallic lipstick. I thought that with the centre part of my lips being metallics, this wouldn’t make the over line obvious as it would still be matte. The outcome was quite interesting. This technique gave my lips a fuller effect, while still being super wearable. It’s not too bold and gives the lips a highlighted look! I’m definitely going to be trying this more during the Spring months.
The second technique I tried is kind of cheating. I didn’t actually use a metallic lipstick for this one. Instead, I used highlighter over the top of a normal lipstick! The first technique gave me the idea so that I could compare the finishes between the two. I’m going to be straight up when I say this, I didn’t really like the way this technique looked when it was finished. It made my lips look really dry and they felt really dry too. You know when your lips get chapped in the Winter where it’s so cold? Well, imagine that x100! I didn’t like it, and I can usually handle dry products on my lips. I’m a matte liquid lipstick gal, I can handle it. This was just on another level.
My final technique was, again, different. It didn’t have anything to do with the lips really. Woah girl, what do you mean? I mean, this technique is more about the face makeup than it is the lip technique. My final way of trying to make metallic lips blend in with my makeup was to make my face dewy. I didn’t want my face to look ‘shiny’ or oily, but I wanted to have that radiance about my skin. As with any part of my makeup, I’m usually a matte girl when it comes to my face. However, I really liked the way this looked. It looks better somewhere inbetween matte and dewy though. Full dewy made me feel like a full on disco ball because I felt too glowy with everything going on.
Overall, I don’t think I’m living for the metallic lips trend to be honest. The only way I could truly get on board with it would be by doing the first technique all the time. I just don’t see it happening on a daily basis, but I do want to introduce it to my looks a lot more in the future. I’m willing to work on it a bit more to see if I start getting into the groove of it. Let me know what tips you have for someone wanting to pull off the metallic lips trend! I always love to hear your tips and tricks.
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