Fall’s new modern lip is perfectly imperfect.
Forget “Instagram lips,” the all too ubiquitous look combining lots of lip liner with matte lipstick… This season’s trendiest makeup trend is intentionally unpolished. From Rosie Assoulin to Giambattista Valli to Preen, smudged, blurred, and faded lipstick, in an array of red tones, was the star of this fall’s fashion shows, making lived-in pouts en vogue. “Sometimes the beauty and modernity of a moment is in the imperfection,” says veteran makeup artist Val Garland, who created the “just-snogged” lip look for Preen, as well as Giambattista Valli’s patchy, high-voltage gloss.
Garland suggests first applying your lip color as you normally would, then using a fluffy eye-blending blush (or your fingers) to soften the outline of your lip shape. Try the full coverage Powermatte Lip Pigment from NARS ($26; 413 Bleecker St., 646-459-2323; nars.com) and top it with Givenchy’s Gloss Révélateur ($32; Barney’s New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-8268900; barneys.com), a universally shaded lip gloss, at the center of the lips. Says Garland, “This gives you the gloss without the messy outline.”