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Much like unicorns, mermaids are another mythical creature that are trending for summer 2017. Just take one scroll through your social media feeds and you’re likely to see the siren-inspired fashion and beauty trends for yourself. And what better time of year to get in on the mermaid fun than summer? Here, we share three of our favorite siren-inspired lip looks, along with step-by-step instructions for creating each. Grab your makeup bag and follow along!
Lipstick application might seem like a no-brainer, but when you’re working with bold hues, it can get a bit tricky. Before applying any color to your lips, it’s a good idea to put in some prep work. That means using a lip scrub to help exfoliate any dead skin cells that have built up on the surface of your lips, then following up with a lip primer to help create a smooth base.
If you were to dive into the deep blue ocean, you’d likely see a whole host of shimmery blue and green seaweed. This mermaid-inspired lip look allows those stunning colors to be the focal point of your makeup.
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Domineering Teal
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Navy Spy
Light blue loose metallic pigment
Lime green loose metallic pigment
Cobalt blue loose metallic pigment
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Fill your lips with teal lippy. With the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Domineering Teal in hand, fill your lips starting at your cupid’s bow, working down to the corners of your mouth.
Step 2: Apply a darker blue to the outer corners of your lips. Next, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Navy Spy to darken the outer corners of your lips. Use a lip brush to blend between the two colors—that way you’ll end up with a natural-looking fade, not a harsh line of demarcation.
Step 3: Apply light blue loose metallic pigment to the center of your lips. Once you’ve finished creating your two-toned base, dip your finger into the light blue loose metallic pigment and gently dab the center of both your top and bottom lip. By placing the lightest metallic pigment at the center of your lips, you can help create a fuller-looking pout.
Step 4: Add a touch of lime green loose metallic pigment on top of the light blue. To help give your mermaid pucker a bit more seaweed flare, apply a very small amount of lime green loose metallic pigment on top of the light blue pigment, focusing the majority of it at your cupid’s bow for added highlighted definition.
Step 5: Apply cobalt blue loose metallic pigment to the outer corners of your lips. Lastly, add a bit more definition to the outer corners of your lips—just like that your seaweed pucker is ready to be shown off!
Mermaids and metallic go together like sand and summer—meaning you simply can’t go wrong with this siren-esque lip look.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Plum
Step 1: Fill your lips in with purple lipstick. Start at your cupid’s bow and work your way out with your shade of choice from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Plum.
Step 2: Dab teal lipstick in the center of your lips, accentuating your cupid’s bow. Squeeze some of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Domineering Teal onto an angled lip brush to expertly define your cupid’s bow and the center of your bottom lip. Be sure to blend seamlessly between the purple and teal lipsticks to help create an ombré effect.
Step 3: Top it off with a lilac highlight. To finish your look, dip your finger into the pale lilac highlight color in the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Plum and gently tap the shimmery color all over your lips. Use your finger instead of a brush to help prevent any smudging.
Add a little enchantment to your summer makeup with lips coated in an iridescent pastel hue that looks straight out of a storybook.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Lilac Lust
Step 1: Fill your lips in with pale purple lipstick. Grab your L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Lilac Lust and get to work.
Step 2: Top them off with lilac shimmer. Use your finger to dab the lightest color from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Plum all over your lips with extra-heavy concentration in the center of your pout.
There you go: Three lip looks for endlessly ethereal mermaid vibes all summer long. Make sure to snap a pic of your gorgeous work!