How-To: Patent Lips


One of next season's hottest trends is ultrashiny, patent-looking lips. We've seen it on the runways of Baby Phat, Gareth Pugh, and Inbar Spector. This glossy, opaque lip is bold, shimmer-free and requires both lipstick and gloss to create. For step-by-step directions on how you can attain this an undeniably sexy wet look, read more.

  • STEP 1: Begin by applying a rich, shimmer-free lipstick as a base coat. Apply it evenly with a lip brush, making sure to carefully fill in the edges.
  • STEP 2: Next, use your thickest and gooiest lip gloss (like these) and apply it over your lipstick, again using a brush. You'll want to put on enough so that it feels like it's about to drip off your lower lips. If you're looking for suggestions, the new Shine Hard Core Gloss range from Lipstick Queen is fabulous for this kind of effect.
  • STEP 3: Remember to keep your lipstick and especially your gloss handy for frequent touch-ups. Patent lips are fun and glamorous, but they're anything but low maintenance.

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