Beauty trend: Glitter lips
The models wowed in draped satin gowns at Atelier Versace’s recent F/W 2016 Couture Show in Paris. But amid the stunning ensembles, we couldn’t help but notice the dramatic lipstick on the lips of Taylor Hill and Bella Hadid, with the two models sporting shimmering red wine-coloured pouts on the runway. Though gorgeous when done well, glitter is notoriously tricky to apply and wear. That said, international make-up artist Denise Rabor believes the look can be achieved by following a few simple steps. To get the look, it’s essential to begin with smooth lips. “Firstly and most importantly make sure that your lips are in good condition; lips are skin, keep them moisturised by making sure that you are hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Keep them nourished and moisturised by using a good quality lip balm and if you are prone to flaky lips, exfoliate them,” Denise told Cover Media. “Then create a base for your lipstick by either applying your foundation to your lips or by using a lip primer.”
From there, fill in your lips with a lip pencil - ideally in a similar colour to your lipstick and glitter, to line and fill in your pout, and proceed to apply the first coat of lipstick and blot. Then lightly dab your glitter over your lipstick using your finger or a cotton bud and continue layering until you have even coverage. To get a glittery red pout like Taylor, Denise recommends using a crimson-coloured glitter product like MAC Cosmetics Glitter in Reflects Blackened Red.
“You can also get some amazing colours from Lit Cosmetics, they have holographic glitter pigments and I love Heartbreaker and Glittergazm to create this look,” she shared.
If glitter lips are a bit too much for you, perhaps embrace the trend by using a little glitter mixed in with your eyeshadow or eyeliner for a striking eye effect. To make sure the sparkle stays in place all night, Denise suggests applying eyelash glue first and then dabbing on loose glitter over the top.
“This ensures it stays put all day for a dramatic effect,” she explained.