As Lil Mama once infamously rapped, "They say my lip gloss is cool. My lip gloss is poppin'. I'm standin' at my locker, and all the boys keep stoppin'." Since the dawn of time, the beauty world, and the world in general, has had an obsessive love affair with lips, and a look at 2019's lip color and lip product trends don't show that obsession slowing down. Whether you love testing out a million different lip product finishes, you tie a makeup look together with the perfect pout color, or you simply catch yourself staring at the lips of someone you so desperately want to make out with, you simply can't deny both the power of lips, the power of what you put on them, and, frankly, how damn good you feel once you swipe on your favorite lippie.
Even better, this year, the look of lips is about to get even more powerful. Overall, lip trends have gradually taken a turn for the dramatic, the bold, and the fearless. Where there was once a nude lip, there's now a deliciously dark, goth hue ready to help you kick ass. Where there was a sea of soft, muted lip colors, there is now a tsunami of bright, bold, and daring shades ready to wash over you. And where there were single shades, there are now artistic lip creations filled with 3D elements. So this Valentine's Day, and every day from here on out, blow a kiss to yourself in the mirror, to those you love, and of course, to the haters with a pout as over-the-top as the looks below. These trends are ones you'll easily fall in love with, and no, that's not just lip service.
You might cringe at the thought of resurrecting your teen goth days, but rest assured, the black lips making waves this year are anything but cringe-y. On The Blonds' spring 2019 runway, black lipstick made a sinister (the theme of the show was Disney Villains) comeback on many a model in the show, including fan-favorite beauty influencer and YouTuber, PatrickStarrr. However, if the color is a bit too daring for your taste, a high-shine gloss and a little bit of strategic color, as seen in the look above, will add a bit of light to the look with the same edgy vibe.
Everyone will always love a classic red lip. It's timeless, and it goes with just about everything. Case in point: the fact that red lips have continued to be all over the runways and many a celeb's pout on the red carpet for 2019. Shows like Rodarte SS19 and Valentino SS19 offered creative takes on a red lip. In fact, for the latter, mother of makeup Pat McGrath crafted both eye looks and lip looks with Swarovski crystal embellishments, which included a classic red. If you're feeling bold enough to rock a power red lip, consider taking a page out of McGrath's book and adding some bling. Just like classic red, a lip covered in crystals is a good look on anyone.
Earrings: Forever 21
Thanks for telling us 24-karat magic was in the air, Bruno Mars, but we already knew that. Last year, the initial rise of shiny skin and metallic shimmer shadow began. For spring and summer 2019, designer Jeremy Scott took that metallic glow to the lips of his models in his show, which featured dozens of lips covered in metallic foil. MAC Cosmetics has tons of metallic lippies with a frosty finish to help you achieve this super high-shine look, but if you're looking to kick things up a notch, like in the look above, makeup artist Tiffany Patton tacked on the smallest gold sequins using a lip gloss, making these lips worth their weight in gold.
Earrings: Urban Outfitters
You can quote me on this: 2019 is the year of no fear, especially when it comes to makeup. Bold colors like neon blues and watercolor-style yellows and pinks came out to play at Alice + Olivia's and Anna Sui's SS19 shows, respectively. I mean, the theme of the 2019 Met Gala is "camp," for crying out loud. Not to be dramatic, but I can hear nude lip products everywhere quaking, because now, it's time for the forgotten hues — the greens, the purples, and the blues — to have their moment. When it comes to the rules of color matching, of "what goes with what," forget 'em. Trust me when I say, with the right attitude, any of these "bold" colors will feel a lot more wearable with just about everything.
Photographer: Joshua Pestka
Makeup Artist: Tiffany Patton using MAC Cosmetics
Hairstylist: Karla Hirkaler using T3 Micro