TRENDY LIPS & LOOKS ( What’s trending @ Ulta Beauty )
In a world of chaos, tragedies, and despair, there comes a place of sanctuary called, the beauty aisle. If you are fortunate enough to live in close proximity to Ulta Beauty, you get to experience a supersized beauty aisle ( it’s like ordering a yummy supersized combo and then getting MORE without the calories of french fries etc. )
Because a million different shades of “the red lip” isn’t exciting enough, the beauty world loves to introduce new trends. This summer was all about “strobing” which was arguably just highlighting but given a new name ( everyone deserves a second chance at life no? ) I personally love to look like a human disco ball, and while my tone may sound a tad sarcastic, I promise you, I am very serious.
In this post I will feature another beauty trend which is, “The Velvet Lip.” I teamed up with People StyleWatch Magazine & Ulta Beauty for this post, to show you how I create and style my ” Velvet Lip. “
Speaking of People StyleWatch Magazine, in case you missed it, your girl (me) was in the May issue this year and I am still pinching myself!
Now on to the task at hand! How do I create and style my velvet lip look? Here’s how…
My first look is of course the classic red velvet look ( who else wants a cupcake after reading that? ) To begin, I lined my lips with a NYX lip liner in “plush red” so that the products would last longer on my lips and the colour would also add some intensity ( it’s all about the drama! ) Next up, I applied the Rimmel London Show Off Matte Lip Velvet in “”Orange-ology.” Because the velvet lip is all about achieving a textured look, I chose to add some Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder to take away any remaining sheen. This is a great tip for achieving a matte lip look no matter the product you choose. Simply place some tissue on your lips ( try not to use one that will leave little white fluffs on your lips, you don’t want to look like you were wrestling Homer Simpson over some powdered donuts 😉 ) Next, take some pressed powder and simply brush and press over your lips using the tissue as a slight barrier. After mattifying my lips, I finished off with another NYX lip liner in ” deep purple ” to line my lips for added dimension.
LOOK # 1 : RED VELVET LIP X MENSWEAR TREND
Keeping with the theme of a trendy lip, I decided to pair up my favourite velvet lip looks with my favourite style trends. This look is all about the menswear trend. This dress gives the look of a traditional men’s suit with the structured lapels, while bringing in feminine details like a gold side zipper and of course the thigh slit. I love the contrast of a menswear feel with a bold red lip, it is a classic look that never fails.
Dress : Altuzarra x Target Shoes : Ivanka Trump
Look # 2
For my second look I really wanted to go with the 90s brown lip that is going to be huge this fall. I love that we are seeing colours like brown and purple becoming more common amongst many brands. Brown in particular, looks amazing on so many different skintones, its just about selecting the hue to best suit you. For this look, I wanted the lips to really stand out from the outfit, ( which is already very busy ) so I went with a true matte look and skipped any ombre lining at the end. I started with the NYX Lip Liner in ” brown” all over my lips, which is actually a lovely look in itself, but to take it up a notch, I added the NYX Matte Lipstick in “Maison.” I love the formula of these lipsticks as they aren’t super drying! Just because we are going for a velvet lip, doesn’t mean it has to feel like velcro right?
Look # 2 90S BROWN VELVET X METALLIC TREND
Another trend that I absolutely love is the metallic trend. If you follow me on instagram @charmsie this should come as no surprise to you, check out one of my very favourite metallic outfits right HERE ( and then come back…i’ll wait. ) Because this look already has so much going on with the textured sequins plus the metallic shine of course, the velvet matte lip actually balances the look off really well. The subtle brown tones in the bronzed top also really plays up the lip look.
Top : Barbados Boutique Skirt : Target Shoes : Asos
Look # 3
For my last look I went with another bold favourite, a violet velvet lip. I love the purple lip trend but I am not crazy about the look in a satin or glossy finish ( on me. ) I think the velvet texture makes this bold hue a bit more wearable. Similar to the brown lip, I first lined my lips with the NYX lipliner in “deep purple.” This is important for this look as the purple shade is much more intense when it is layered on-top of a lip liner first. Next, I added this gorgeous Lorac PRO Matte Lip Colour in “violet.” This product feels amazing on the lips! I definitely plan on purchasing more colours.
LOOK # 3 VELVET VIOLET X SPORTS LUXE TREND
The last trend that I wanted to feature is the sports luxe trend. This trend takes sporty elements and works them into formal wear such as this mesh layered dress. I actually love this dress so much that I own it in white as well, but the black really makes this lip look pop! I found this dress on ASOS.com a couple years ago when the sports luxe trend became big again. This trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, mesh keeps resurfacing and I am loving it!
Dress : Asos Shoes : Kate Spade
I hope this post inspires you to work the velvet lip into your wardrobe!
Thanks to People StyleWatch x Ulta Beauty for sponsoring this post!
Charmaine aka “Charmsie”