We dare you to try these outrageous looks!
There are certain beauty trends that, like fashion, are cyclical; we can count on them to repeat on runways season after season, and in most cases, actually look forward to the day we can transition into wearing them again. For example, a vampy lip for fall is always on trend, year after year (and by the way, this holds true for F/W ‘17). But this season, runways were also littered with unexpected, bold, and playful lip colors that we absolutely fell in love with.
Smudged lip stain at Preen Fall 2017, Two-tone lips at Jason Wu Fall 2017, Glittery gold lips at Ashley Isham Fall 2017
From the ombre violet (yes, violet!) lips at H&M to the peachy pouts at Rocky Star to the bold orange at Eudon Choi, some designers proved that the more seasonal, dark lip colors aren’t the only option for fall. And others, including Ashley Isham and Balmain, showed us that gold lips (not gold-flecked gloss or lipstick, but actually gold lips) can be a daring and unexpected way to add a dose of glamour to your beauty look. Still others stuck with the fall theme of vampiness, but done in completely new ways: there were two-tone lips at Jason Wu, lip stains done only in the center of the lip at Erin Fetherston, and perfectly imperfect, smudged lipsticks and stains at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Gypsy Sport, and Giambattista Valli.
Chanel Iman’s take on an ombre vampy lip, Shay Mitchell’s bold, almost-black lips, Beauty blogger @Maria_beautybook rocking the two-tone lip look
Want to try the trend? While some of the runway looks might be a too much to work for real life (can you imagine walking to class in a metallic gold lip?), there are still plenty of ways to incorporate this trend into your every day beauty look. If you love the look of the glittery gold lips at Ashley Isham, for example, choose a metallic lipstick or gloss in a more wearable color or layer your favorite lipstick under a shimmery gold gloss. A two-tone lip is also completely wearable, and totally unexpected; simply apply two different shades of lipstick within the same color family (e.g. a deep berry on the bottom lip and a lighter berry color on the top). Of course, a lip stain will do the trick–apply to the middle of your top and bottom lips, then gently pat it into your outer lips before it dries, like the makeup artists at Erin Fetherston did–and if you dare to go with a bolder, more in-your-face look, choose a color that you typically wouldn’t wear, like orange, black, metallic green, and yes, even metallic gold.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Ice Queen, lipstickqueen.com; Wet ‘n’ Wild Perfect Pair Ombre Lip Wand, wetnwildbeauty.com; Sephora Collection Rouge Lip Tint, sephora.com