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When you were a little kid running around all summer long with a popsicle in one hand and a stained lip front and center, you probably never thought your carefree demeanor would one day become a trendy beauty look. Nevertheless, popsicle stained lips are a thing, and we’re big fans of the somewhat messy look. And nope, it doesn’t have to be summer to try this gorgeous makeup trend—you can rock it year-round.
Take one scroll through your social feeds and you’re sure to see photos of popsicle stained lip after popsicle stained lip. While you can totally snack on a popsicle to impart color onto your pout, we’re here to show you how to get the look with makeup. Ready to create deliciously pretty popsicle stained lips? Keep scrolling for the step-by-step process. Follow our tutorial below to learn how to do this of-the-moment beauty trend.
By now, you should know that any statement lip look should start with a smooth base. That means you should exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub before trying your hand at popsicle stained lips. Gently massage a lip scrub around your lips to help get rid of dead skin cell build up from the surface, then wipe the scrub off.
You wouldn’t cleanse and exfoliate your face without following up with moisturizer, right? Nope, we didn’t think so! So, be sure to give your lips the same love by applying a nourishing lip conditioner or balm before moving on to the next step in our popsicle stained lip tutorial.
Next, prime your lips. Primer can help create an even canvas for your lipstick application. You don’t have to have a special lip primer on hand, though. You can use a concealer in a pinch. Apply a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer across the entire surface of your lips. This can also help the edges blend in so that the center of your popsicle stained pout can stand out.
Depending on the popsicle stained lip you’re trying to achieve, it’s time to pick your color. (We’re fans of bright pink and classic red for this look). Apply a matte lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Berry Matte Pink or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Matte Mandate to the center of your lips. Remember: This look isn’t meant to be perfect, so don’t worry about getting your application just right.
Use a lip brush to lightly diffuse the color in the center of your lips out towards the edges. You don’t want a fully blended look, just a faint fade that closely resembles a stain.
Now pucker up: Your popsicle stained lip look is officially complete! Keep the rest of your face makeup subdued so that your lips are truly the star of the show. Just apply a light coating of foundation and a swipe of mascara—you’re good to go.
Want even more trendy makeup ideas for your lips? Check out our tutorials, How to Do Unicorn Lips and How to Do an Ombré Lip.