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Once upon a time, daily lip looks ranged from cream to gloss with not much room for creativity in between. Nowadays, there are a number of new lipstick finishes to play around with to create customized lip looks that will put the rest of your makeup to shame. Today’s pout product update: metallic lipstick. When applied haphazardly, this ultra-shiny lipstick can look like like it came straight from the 80s, but when done correctly, metallic lipstick can add a delightfully sparkly touch to your face. To help you navigate the unfamiliar beauty territory, below we share a comprehensive list of metallic lipstick dos and don’ts to help ensure your lips shimmer the way they should.
Sloughing away dead skin cells from the surface of your lips should be the first step in your lipstick application routine, especially since the shiny, light-reflecting properties of metallic lipstick can draw attention to flakes and dryness. Gently massage a lip scrub onto your lips in circular motions, then rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Using a lip scrub shouldn’t be the only step in your prep routine. Before applying metallic lipstick, don’t forget about moisturizing and priming your lips. After you’ve exfoliated, apply a hydrating lip conditioner, then follow up with a lip primer, which can help ensure your metallic lipstick goes on smoothly and wears evenly. No lip primer on hand? No problem! Just apply a tiny dab of foundation or concealer to your lips instead before picking up your lipstick.
The best way to play around with a new lip texture is by choosing a color that you already know suits your complexion. Love a dusty rose lip? Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Moon Lust. More of a berry gal? Coat your lips with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Galactic Foil. Fancy a wine-stained lip look? The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Smoldering Eclipse works like a charm. Craving a pretty burnt orange pout just in time for fall? Give it a metallic twist with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Liquid Venom.
As with any lipstick, the best way to keep your metallic hue confined to your lips is by creating a lip liner barrier. When selecting your formula, make sure to choose a creamy texture that will blend better with the shimmering metallic lipstick, as opposed to a matte lip liner. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipliner.
Metallic lipsticks blend particularly well together, making them a great pick for getting creative with your makeup. Want to rock an ombré lip? Or maybe a two-toned pout? Perhaps iridescent mermaid lips are more your style? Whatever the case may be, just apply your base color first and then play around with dabbing different colors on with your finger.
There are some makeup products that can be applied when you’re running out the door (with no mirror in hand)—but metallic lipstick wouldn’t be one of them. To help make sure your glitzy lipstick is applied neatly, always work in front of a mirror.
Make your lips stand front and center by tracing the outer edges with concealer once you’re done applying metallic lipstick. To stay in line with the shimmering effects of metallic lipstick, try using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer, which has a radiant finish. The light, bright concealer will blend beautifully around the edges of your lips to act as a spotlight for your newfound lipstick obsession.
Now that you’re mad about metallic and you’re currently all about finding new ways to slay your lip game, check out our article, How to Do Unicorn Lips. We have a feeling you’ll fall in love with the fairytale-inspired lip look!