Why Metallic Lips Are the Easiest Way to Steal the Spotlight This Spring

Just as shiny as glitter lips, but a hell of a lot more wearable

If the Spring 2017 runways were any indication, high-octane lips are the quickest way to steal the spotlight as temperatures rise. We saw flashy, fluorescent hues (Cushnie et Ochs and Jason Wu) and full-on glitter (Maison Margiela and Fendi), but a metallic mouth is the lovechild of the two looks. Even better: It provides an instant jolt of color and shine minus the mess associated with sparkles.

The vampy aubergine pouts at Acne Studios provided the perfect example for how to pull off a heavy metal mouth. Backstage, makeup pro Aaron de Mey dusted MAC’s Lipstick in Deep Rooted or Smoked Purple with a taupe metallic eyeshadow, then kept the rest of face fairly bare with brushed up brows and porcelain skin. At Maison Margiela, Pat McGrath took things up a notch by crafting a foil effect via a molten silver pigment. But like most beauty trends, metallic lips aren’t necessarily new—McGrath has championed the look for much of her career (see the rose gold lips from Dior’s Fall 2013 Couture show or the gilded pouts at Prada’s Spring 2016 runway romp for proof). 

What is groundbreaking, however, is the number of high-tech, metallic formulas making their way onto shelves. From Bite Beauty’s pearlized Prismatic glosses laced with multi-dimensional pigments (inspired by Tahitian black pearls) and moisturizing shea butter to Stellar’s full-coverage lipstick that adds instant dimension in a single swipe, getting a glamorous, gleaming pout is easier than ever. Here, seven ways to put the pedal to the metal.

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