Your eyes get to have all the fun — glitter liner, stick-on rhinestones, jewel shadow, and more. Your lips though? Every now and then, they may see a punch of red and that’s about it. The true story: A dressed-up lip can rival a winged eye any day. Not sure how to make your lips pop? Whether you want your lips to twinkle with dainty diamonds or bare some heavy metal, you can play up your pout with these three bold looks.
Bling out the center of your bottom lip to fake the look of a fierce lip ring — without the pain and commitment of the real deal.
1. Start with a budge-proof lip color. “You can’t apply crystals on a lip gloss — they won’t stick,” says makeup artist Rommy Najor. A smart bet is a long-wear option like Rimmel London Provocalips, a liquid lipstick that lasts up to16 hours. Swipe on a soft pink shade like “I’ll Call You,” keep your lips apart for 60 seconds to set the formula, and then layer on the clear topcoat to lock the color in. The final step delivers a shot of moisture too, so your lips don’t dry out.
2. Set up like a pro. Lay out small crystals (you can pick these up in any craft store), a pair of tweezers, and Duo Lash Adhesive, the fave cosmetic glue of just about every makeup artist.
3. Prep the adhesive. Squeeze the lash glue onto the back of your hand. Duo gets stickier the longer it sits out, so wait 60 seconds for it to get tacky.
4. Get your bling on. Dip the back of a crystal into the now-sticky glue with the tweezers, and place it on your lower lip, right along your lip line. Keep adding crystals in a straight line until they run the height of your lower lip without touching the inside of your mouth.
Not an artist? No problem — you don’t need to be a pro to create this starry design. Mini tattoos by Violent Lips (fake, of course) do the work for you and — unlike a makeup stamp — come in multicolored versions too. While Najor shot for the stars here, take your pick from emojis, snowflakes, planet Earth, and more. Even a kid can use a faux tat, so this lip design really is child’s play — you can’t mess it up.
1. Go for a transfer-proof lipstick. This type of formula will stay put, which is important “so the tattoo is stable and doesn’t blend in and look like a hot mess,” explains Najor. Try Rimmel London Provocalips in a vibrant fuchsia shade such as “Boy, I’m Crushin’,” wait 60 seconds for it to set, and then seal it in with the accompanying topcoat.
2. Pick your tats. Here, Najor went for mostly black stars. “The inky tattoos take away from [the pink lip color’s] softness, making it look punk. The juxtaposition gives it a cool vibe,” he explains. Cut the stars out from the rest of the pack and apply them individually.
3. Stick it. Just like how you put on a fake tat when you were a kid, do the same here. Peel the plastic covering off, put the sticky side on your lips, and put a wet cotton swab up against it until the paper backing slides off. “The cotton swab lets you cover a minimal area, so you’re not disrupting the lip color that’s around it,” Najor says. Repeat with more stars until you’ve nailed the design you want.
Makeup pros apply gloss in the center of the lips and along the Cupid’s bow to create a fuller-looking pout — think of it as the original contour. Inspired by the old-school trick but wanting to modernize the look, Najor used metallic pigment to create a purposeful look-at-me effect.
1. Pick a base that lasts. A long-wear liquid lipstick like Rimmel London Provocalips gives the look staying power. Dress lips in a jolt of red with the shade “Kiss Me You Fool.”
3. Paint it on. Press a small brush into the center of your bottom lips, working outward but not so far out that you end up touching your lip line. Do the same on your upper lip, trying to mimic the shape of the silver on your bottom lip.
4. Silver-plate your Cupid’s bow. Use a fine-tipped eyeliner brush along your Cupid’s bow, contouring the area and amping up the volume there. Now, your lips are better than gold — they’ve gone platinum.
Model wears Free People earrings and choker
Photographer: Terry Gates
Makeup Artist: Rommy Najor
Hair Stylist: Yohey Nakatsuka
Stylist: Vanessa Barantes