If you’ve looked around lately, it’s clear to see that 2018 is having a major flash from the past—more specifically, from the ‘90s. Yep, it’s true what they say—everything old is new again. From slip dresses and platform sandals, it certainly feels as though we’ve hopped into a time machine and gone back to a period starring some of our very favorite fashion and beauty trends from adolescence. And now metallic lipstick is making a comeback—albeit this time it’s here in a much more modern way. You can use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic to help create a glitzy metallic lip look. It’s available in a variety of flattering foil-inspired shades, so there’s something for everyone. But when it comes to metallic lipstick, it’s not just about what shade you choose—how you apply it matters, too. Below, we share a step-by-step routine for applying (and removing) metallic lipstick. Grab your makeup bag and get ready to pucker up in metallic lipstick!
METALLIC LIPSTICK TIP #1: PREP YOUR POUT FIRST
As with any dramatic lip look, you likely don’t want to apply an eye-catching hue over dry, flaky lips. That wouldn’t exactly result in the most flattering end makeup look. So, before putting on color, do a little prep work by using a lip scrub to help slough off dead skin cells that have built up on your lips. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, which can be used on face and lips. For lips, smooth a small amount onto dry lips, then gently massage in with wet fingers, rinse thoroughly, and lightly pat dry. Read How to Use a Lip Scrub Before Applying Lipstick for more tips.
Then, follow up with a lip primer, which can help create a smooth base for metallic lipstick application as well as help keep it in place and wear evenly throughout the day. If you don’t have a lip primer on hand, you can also use a tiny dab of foundation or concealer in a pinch to get the priming job done.
METALLIC LIPSTICK TIP #2: LINE YOUR LIPS BEFOREHAND, TOO
Ever been frustrated by lipstick that has feathered out beyond your mouth? Yep, we’ve all been there! To help prevent this from happening, use a lip liner before applying your metallic lipstick shade of choice. Use a neutral lip liner that closely matches your lips. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner. While you can slightly overline your lips to help create the appearance of a fuller pout, don’t draw too outside the lines, as this can end up looking exaggerated.
METALLIC LIPSTICK TIP #3: APPLY COLOR WITH AN APPLICATOR
It’s time to work that metallic makeup magic! After you’re done lining your lips, apply your shade of choice from our metallic lipstick collection (pick from Moon Lust, Galactic Foil, Smoldering Eclipse, and Liquid Venom). The included wand applicator allows for more precise application.
METALLIC LIPSTICK TIP #4: CLEAN UP ANY MESSY EDGES
Working with a metallic lipstick can be tricky sometimes. So, if you find that you’ve gotten a bit of color outside the lines, no worries. All you have to do is soak a cotton swab with a little bit of the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, and wipe away any stray lipstick. Then, use an angled brush to apply a flesh-toned concealer from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing & Contour Kit around the edges of your lips to help create an extra-crisp finish. Next, dust a concealer that’s two shades darker than your skin tone just below your bottom lip to help create the illusion of a fuller bottom lip. Finally, apply a dab of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer just above your cupid’s bow and voila! A pretty pout to pair with any outfit. Get it, girl!
METALLIC LIPSTICK TIP #5: FINISH THE REST OF YOUR MAKEUP
When you’re wearing metallic lipstick, your lips deserve to be the star of your look. So, keep the rest of your makeup low-key. Help even out the look of your skin tone with a matte foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, apply a coat of volumizing mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, and draw a thin black line on your upper lids with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
If you do want to go a little bit more dramatic with your face, you can do that, too! Add a touch of blush, like the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup, which comes in four shades. All you have to do is sweep your blush shade of choice to the apples of your cheeks. Finish with shimmery eye shadow from the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette. This palette includes shades like creamy ivory, rosy nude, and bronzed amber. You can mix and match to create your go-to summer makeup look. The possibilities are virtually endless!
METALLIC LIPSTICK TIP #6: REMOVE IT ALL AT THE END OF THE DAY
Once you’re ready to take your metallic lipstick off at the end of the day, reach for a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water. Simply saturate a cotton pad with the cleanser and wipe it across your lips. You won’t have to scrub and scrub until your lipstick comes off, which makes micellar water a great option to have on hand.
When you’re done removing your makeup, you have the option to further cleanse your skin. If you feel like your face needs a deeper clean, then double cleanse with a rinse-off facial cleanser. Finally, finish by smoothing a moisturizer all over your face and swipe a hydrating lip balm onto your pout so that your lips look and feel smooth when you wake up and are ready to apply lipstick all over again.
Ready for even more metallic makeup tips? We’ve got you covered. Head on over to our article, How to Rock Metallic Makeup, next.