Graduated, duo-tone, marbleised, metallicised, colour-morphing – we’re talking lips. As a platform for creative expression, lips are the new nails, a canvas for experimentation, and fun!
t’s not just lip art that has us hooked (though a trawl trough all those YouTube tutorials has us practicing the dark to light graduated Rihanna lip created by Issamaya Ffrench for that Vogue cover).
Lipsticks too have evolved – from single colour bullets to liquid lacquers; duo tones, with embedded shapes, like sticks of rock, or multi textures, while the trend for skin-responsive pH colour changing lipsticks just keeps coming.
Maybe the influence of YouTube’s amateur artists has prompted make-up artists to up their game? At the S/S19 shows, Kanako Takase created marblelised lips at Eckhaus Latta; at Self Portrait, just the upper lip was lined in vivid pink.
In editorials, Lucy Bridge’s experimental style has seen her play with ombre and contrast liner while globally influential MUAs, Val Garland and Pat McGrath continue to up the lip game with playful textures and fashion defining shapes.