There, I said it. While metallic lips have been on trend for a few years now, they’re not something I get super excited for when new releases hit shelves.
Here’s the thing: I’ve got a lot of lines on my lips. Even when they’re exfoliated to the gods, there’s very little I can do about the natural lines and creases without getting fillers. And what do metallic lipsticks do? They accentuate the hell out them.
There have been very few metallic lipsticks that I find look good on me… or rather, just less unflattering.
While most metallic lipsticks end up looking flaky and too textured on my lips, the best collection that I’ve come across is the Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick. They’re super creamy and have unique shades like the one above in Smoked Silver that really take advantage of the statement metallics make.
If you also have a hard time with metallic lipsticks, here are a few tips on how to wear the trend without looking crusty.
Always Exfoliate. Just like matte lipsticks, metallics will grab onto and highlight any texture on your lips. Be sure to exfoliate beforehand for comfort and a smoother finish.
Stick to Creamy Formulas. In my experience, liquid metallics are the biggest culprits in settling into fine lines. Using creamy formulas or traditional tube lipsticks will help fill and smooth your lip lines so they are less noticable.
Avoid Lighter Shades. Metallic finishes already act as a highlight– using a lighter shade will only intensify the effect. As seen in the photo above, light colors add more contrast between the highest points of your lips and the crevices of the lines. Stick to deeper shades for a more even look.
What is your experience with metallic lipsticks? Do you love the trend? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below. And now for the best blog posts of the week from The Lipstick League!
The Lipstick League – Week of 5.28.18
Phyrra – Do you have a vice? Lipstick is my vice! Check out my latest favorites from the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Collection!
Prime Beauty – Learn what it’s like to attend a Beauty Expo Show and enter to win a prize pack from BeautyCon 2018!
Slashed Beauty – Craving butter? Check out the new Physicians Formula Butter Collection box set— full of the brand’s favorite butter formula products.
we heart this – Looking for a lightweight moisturizer with major results? I say Whip It! Whip it good.
Beautygeeks – has the new CND Vinylux Boho Spirit shades swatched for you – according to Manigeek, this tightly edited collection sets an example future mainstream nail-polish launches should follow.
Blushing Noir – Getting $179 worth of makeup that you’ll actually use for only $21 sounds like music to my ears! Find out how I’m saving money & trying new things!
EauMG – A popular cocktail has inspired the newest perfume from Juliette Has a Gun. Moscow Mule is a refreshing fragrance with lime and woods. Cheers!
My Beauty Bunny – has found a supplement that REALLY does grow hair! She’s got a review and video to show you her results.
Painted Ladies – The Royal Wedding directly inspired this purchase of MAC Face and Body Foundation.
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
Phyrra is Currently Craving: I’m in love with the Nudestix Nudies Tinted Blur Stick. I love light to medium coverage foundations and the Tinted Blur Stick is a light coverage stick that’s so easy to use. Swipe on the stick, blend it out with your finger tips and go!