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The Lipstick Jungle

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Types of lipstick finishes

The biggest, boldest and brightest looks of the season all focus on one feature: lips! Sounds tame, but these are truly next-level trends you’re going to love taking for a spin

Here are the top 3 lipstick finishes that we absolutely love!

1. Powder finish

We will never be able to stop ourselves from reaching for bright colours, but the ways in which we wear them changes with the seasons. Right now, the powder mouth is having a moment—a blurry, powdery matte is the way to go. The closest approximation we can get with a readymade lipstick is M.A.C’s Powder Kiss Lipstick. But don’t toss your other lip products just yet. Apply your favourite bright shade as usual, dab gently with a tissue, and dust on some translucent powder for a DIY powder lip. Another genius way: put on lip balm and dab your chosen shade of M.A.C Pigment over it.

We love: Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick, M.A.C Powder Kiss Lipstick and Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color

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Lipstick finishes & looks- glossy finish

2. Gloss is back

Talk about a comeback. Everyone thought gloss was done forever, buried away with the sticky flyaway hair it caused in the 90’s. But the all-around 90’s resurgence was a warning sign, and gloss is back with a vengeance. TBH, we couldn’t be happier, cause all those matte mouths were giving our lip balms sleepless nights. But there’s the 90’s way to wear gloss—all over the lips, don’t do that—and the neo-90’s way.

To work the cool, new glossy look, dab some just on the center of your top and bottom lips—either by itself or over lipstick. Or wear a matt lippy and top that with a daub of glitter gloss in the center of the mouth.

We love: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss, Smashbox Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

3. Metal mouth

Now this one’s going even further back in the archives. Our moms swore by metallic lipsticks, we wouldn’t have gone near them if you paid us—until this year, that is. Metallic mouths are not so much a trend as a tidal wave, and we can’t help being swept up. This is the perfect party mouth—bright and iridescent with a let’s stay out all night vibe. Whether you opt for a coloured chrome or take it to the next level with little specks of glitter, we’re behind you all the way. If you want to try the trend today, just dab on a metallic pigment or frosted eyeshadow in a neutral shade over your fave lippy.

We love: Huda Beauty Lip Strobe, Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics and Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Metallic Matte Sculpting Lipstick

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