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Scrolling through your social media feed over the last year, you’ve probably grown tired of seeing the same exact lip looks over and over again. It sometimes seems like every single picture is of lips with razor sharp edges—a look we still love—but there have to be other options out there. Thankfully we’ve found one. There’s another trend taking over—blurred lips. Blurred lips are a softer, less harsh lip look, where the edges are slightly smudged instead of staying perfectly defined. This out of focus look is beautiful—but even better, it couldn’t be easier. When you’re ready to master this makeup trend, you can find out how, below.
Here’s what you came for: four simple steps to create a trendy, blurred lip look.
Step 1: Start with lip conditioner. Before breaking out lipsticks, stains, or lip liners, it’s always a good idea to condition your lips. Apply a hydrating balm to smooth and moisturize, prepping your lips for the rest of your products.
Step 2: Apply lipstick. Pick your favorite of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour and start applying in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth. Don’t get too caught up with perfect application—messiness and mistakes can actually suit this look. What a lucky break!
Step 3: Blur the edges. With a clean lip brush, it’s time to blur the lines. Use the brush to smudge the lipstick along the edge of your lips, softening any harsh lines and creating the out-of-focus effect.
Step 4: Add gloss (or not—it’s up to you!). Your blurred lips may be finished with Step 3, or you can decide to add some serious sheen—you decide. If shine seems like a must, top your lips off with a layer of sheer, tinted lip gloss in a coordinating color. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss, which offers rich shine and hydration. Twice as nice.
Now that you’ve got the lips done, what about the rest of your look? Here’s how to finish things off with serious style (and skill).
Step 1: Apply tinted moisturizer. Full coverage foundation doesn’t suit a blurred lip look. Rather, all you need is a bit of tinted moisturizer. Smooth on your favorite to cover imperfections and give your skin an even finish.
Step 2: Add blush. With a cream blush, give your cheeks a flush. Dot the cream onto the apples of your cheeks, then blend out with your fingers for the easiest application ever. For more blush ideas, check out these blush-centric looks.
Step 3: Get your glow on. If you can’t think of a reason not to glow, your look probably needs highlighter. Use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator to help open the eyes, create symmetry, and define your face. Place the luminous liquid on the inner corners of your eyes, above your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and along your cupid’s bow—then blend out—for a more radiant look.
Step 4: Smudge out eyeliner. Your lips aren’t the only thing that should look imperfect. Using a silky-smooth eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner, glide the pencil along your upper and lower lash line. With a smudge brush (or a cotton swab in a pinch!), smudge and smear your eyeliner for an undone vibe.
Step 5: Coat lashes. Not to state the obvious, but what look is complete without mascara? Grab the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, and pull the brush from root to tip for lush length and voluptuous volume.
Step 6: Spray to set. Just because parts of your makeup look are purposefully blurred or smudged doesn’t mean it’s OK for your look to continue smearing or shifting throughout the day. Once you’re finished applying, everything should be set in place. To ensure that’s the case, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. Spray 4-6 times in an “X” and “T” motion to preserve your look.
Can we interest you in an undone hairstyle to match your lip look? Head on over to our article on 9 low-maintenance undone hairstyles you need to try.