Each season the runway inspires us to try new makeup looks, but at the end of the day, who really has the time to test out intricate cat eyes and contouring techniques? For trendy runway flair without the time commitment, we keep the testing to our lips instead. From blotted lips at Prada to a shimmery frosted look at Marc Jacobs, there are countless simple ways to update your look with one single product. Copy our five favorites from the Fall 2014 runway any time you feel like you need a change in one minute flat.
Most ombré lips we’ve seen on the runway have been too exaggerated for day wear. At Anna Sui, however, makeup artist and Creative Design Director for P&G Beauty Pat McGrath added slight dimension for a subtle 3D effect that isn’t over the top. McGrath started with a deep shade, CoverGirl Queen Collection Lipstick in Fine Wine ($7.79, walgreens.com) and blotted it off at the center, then finished the look with a brighter red, CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipstick in Hot ($6.74, covergirl.com), on top for dimension and fullness.
This look is desirable for most as it makes fading lipstick look intentional, and we all know that touching up lip color every hour can get old fast. At Prada, McGrath kept the lips soft and purposely imperfect by having the models apply the red lipstick themselves rather than with McGrath’s expert hand. The shade was then blotted with a tissue for just a hint of flushed color.
Here’s a ’90s throwback for you: Famed makeup artist François Nars created a shimmery silver metallic lip to pair with matte porcelain-looking skin for Marc Jacobs’s show. Nars dabbed on NARS Striptease ($26, narscosmetics.com), an iridescent nude gloss, then dusted a silvery shadow on top for a soft, non-sticky metallic finish.
If wines and violets are too bold, venture just a touch darker than classic red with a berry hue. Makeup artist and Shiseido artistic director Dick Page created a natural-looking mauve lip at Michael Kors, which you can replicate using Michael Kors Glam Lip Pacquer in Dame ($24, macys.com). Funnily enough, the makeup artist shared that the look was inspired by the natural lip color of Baptiste Giabicomi, who modeled in the show.
Muted Tangerine Shades
The tangerine lip is a summer favorite, and for good reason—nothing highlights a tan better than a touch of orange. The bold hue is going a bit softer for fall by adding a touch of brown to bring the look down to earth. MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos used MAC Pander Me Lipstick (available October 9 on maccosmetics.com) on the models at Nicole Miller. The finished effect was more natural than the bold shades we’re accustomed to for spring and summer and it didn’t appear at all clownish, even when paired with a bold smoky eye. If you can’t wait until October to get your hands on this lip look (we don’t blame you), try MAC Mocha Lipstick ($16, maccosmetics.com).