The trend: Hot lips did all the talking at New York and London Fashion Weeks, with prepped, primed and painted pouts in every hue – from vibrant vermilion to tangy tangerine – stealing the shows.
Seen at: House of Holland, where make-up artist Lucia Pica created coquettish Mexican chiquitas with a sizzling magenta mouth lightly lined in beetroot-red. “It’s not a defined lip, it’s a bit smudged around the edges,” explains Lucia. At Prabal Gurung, the look was plain and pareddown – almost mannequinlike – with stark, neon pouts. “It’s a retro-fluro pastel lip,” says make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury. Meanwhile at Gucci, Charlotte Willer applied a bright red-orange shade that was ‘matted off’ with a finger and then finished with smudged edges to give it a New Yorker vibe.
1. Start by exfoliating your lips using a blend of honey and sugar to scrub off any dead skin. 2. Apply a clear lip balm to keep lips hydrated. 3. Apply a lip primer to help colour adhere and then outline your pout with a lip liner, preferably one that will stop your lipstick from feathering. 4. Apply the lipstick straight from the tube or, for more pigment and precision, use a lip brush. Blot and reapply for a matte, long-wear finish. For a more on-trend look, lightly smudge the edges.
Sephora Universal Lip Liner, Dh52 Illamasqua retractable lip brush, Dh110 Lip balm Dh66, Lush Laura Mercier Flawless skin Lip silk, Dh85, Bloomingdale’s Too Faced lip primer, Dh90, Sephora Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 303, Dh175, Paris Gallery
Mac Redd lip pencil, Dh85
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Seduce Me, Dh150, Sephora
Topshop Lip Marker in Hot Shot, Dh65
Dior Lipstick in Rose Harpers, Dh172, Harvey Nichols