Lips are the new canvases! Lip art has been around the social media scene since the beginning, with makeup artists and brand names trying to test the limits of makeup products. Originally, such artistry would only catch your eye on runways of fashion shows from designers such as Christian Dior or Vivienne Westwood.
Editorial magazines like Vogue also dabbled in using lips as an artistic medium in their various spreads or advertisements, showing you the creativity that makeup inspires. It wasn’t until it took to the social media scene that lip art became more accessible for all those creative souls out there and became a big hit.
One of the most popular lip art trends you may see, is the #glossylip. A perfect pucker, glossed and painted to perfection with an artistically placed drop of pigmented gloss. When snapped at the right moment, you get a #fierce photo for the keeping.
From bold reds to golden metallics it gets its hype from the way it showcases the colors and draws in viewers. It’s hard to go wrong with sparkle especially when it comes to makeup, and of course lips are no exception. This look is quite versatile too, as you can use the glitter to accent a design or cover the whole mouth! It’s all about the mix of creativity and precision that makes lip art so cool.
For the #glossylip, the same prep steps as the textured lip apply here! When picking a base coat color for your lips, keep in mind the effect you want to convey. Matching the base color to the glitter makes a seamless blend of colors and ensures that your lips aren’t patchy in the end. Using darker colors like black under brighter glitters can make the shine stand out and would be ideal for galaxy inspired looks!
You could even try ombre lips to help transition the blend of glitter shades. With liquid lipstick as a base, you can apply fine or shaped glitter to make a real statement.
In order to achieve those decked out and show-stopping lips, you only need a few supplies. First, pick out your color scheme or theme. We opted for white pearls and a sparkly red base! When you have the base for your design, prime your lips as usual and apply a liquid lipstick or pigment of your choice. For a variety of colors and mixing options, we recommend something like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip palette to get the perfect shade. After this, you can choose to add a gloss or gradient or head straight to the decorations. Using gems or what you can find at your local craft stores, you can apply them directly to your lip.
As another way to create scenery or experiment with designs and textures, it gives you another way to slay the game. While not all lip art is wearable for everyday use or durable through your basic activities like eating, it makes for a great photo or Instagram post. Artists such as Suuz Brouwer is one of many who has mastered such an art. With a portfolio full of marbled lips and jewel-encrusted mouths, she shows that there are endless possibilities.
If you think that you have to be a professional to try it out, don’t sweat it! With enough practice and patience, you too can get the picture perfect #lipart.