There were dozens of cool lip looks on the Fall/Winter 2017-18 runways, but not every designer chose a dramatic vampy or seasonal red lip for their models; a number of labels, including Prada, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, and Nicholas K sent models out to the catwalk with just a light layer of lip gloss. In some instances, the lightly glossed lips balanced colorful, majorly done-up eyes, like the looks we saw at the Oscar de la Renta and Tadashi Shoji shows, and in others, it was the finishing touch on a more neutral face. Either way, this trend was a hit on the catwalk, and we’re totally here for it this season.
Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017, Tadashi Shoji Fall 2017, Michael Kors Fall 2017
Clearly we’re not the only fans of this beauty trend; celebs, models, and beauty vloggers also love rocking a simple swipe of gloss every now and then (no doubt because it’s equally as low maintenance as it is pretty). Beauty vlogger Alissa Ashley, who just collabed on a lip gloss with e.l.f., said in an interview with PopSugar, “I think people like gloss because it makes lips look so pouty, and adds somewhat of an effortless feel to makeup.” That’s probably why everyone–from actresses Yara Shahidi and Elle Fanning to supermodels Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn–is packing gloss in their makeup bags.
Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi is gorgeous and glossy for Seventeen magazine, Riverdale actress Madelaine Petsch rocking a hint of glossy color, Lightly glossed lips on beauty vlogger Christen Dominique
Want to try the trend? You’re probably already rocking this one like nobody’s business. The key is to look for glosses that offer sheer coverage; keep the heavily pigmented glosses in your makeup bag for now. Also, keep it light–you don’t need to lay it on thick to look like a runway model. Here’s our trick for making sure we don’t overdo it: swipe your gloss on your bottom lip only, then press your lips together to distribute some of it to your top lip; repeat the steps if necessary. As for the gloss, our favorites are traditional clear or tinted glosses (NOT liquid lipstick) or moisturizing lip balms that offer a kiss of barely-there color and shine (we love Clinique’s version).
Ulta Shiny Sheer Lip Gloss, ulta.com; Clinique Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm, clinique.com; e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Lacquer in Clear, elfcosmetics.com