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If you’ve looked around lately, it’s clear to see that 2017 is having a major flash from the past—more specifically, from the ‘90s. 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 more modern way. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic to help create a glitzy metallic lip. It’s available in a variety of flattering foil-inspired shades. When it comes to metallic lipstick, it’s not just about what shade you choose—how you apply it matters. Below, we share a step-by-step routine for applying (and removing) metallic lipstick. Grab your makeup bag and get ready to pucker up!
As with any dramatic lip look, you likely don’t want to apply an eye-catching hue over dry, flaky lips. 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. 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. If you don’t have a lip primer on hand, you can use a tiny dab of foundation or concealer in a pinch.
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.
It’s time to work that metallic makeup magic! After you’re done lining your lips, apply your shade of choice from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic collection (Moon Lust is a gorgeous rose gold-inspired hue). The included wand applicator allows for more precise application.
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 Liquid Glow Illuminator just above your cupid’s bow and voila! A pretty pout to pair with any outfit. Get it girl!
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 Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party.
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.