4 Unbelievably Creative Lip Looks To Try This Spring

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A bold red lip, pretty pink gloss, and goth black lipstick are all perennial favorites, but lip art is becoming more and more intricate and creative. We're bringing you 5 lip looks — including instructions — from the new book Lips: How To Wear Lipstick, Lip Gloss And Lift Your Lip Game by Natasha Davedlaka-Price. In the 107-page book, Davedlaka-Price — a makeup artist — walks us through the history of lipstick, teaches us lip care and prep, and includes ALL THE TUTORIALS for lip looks from simple classics to museum-worthy artworks — all with gorgeous photography. 

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1. Prep and prime your lips.

2. Apply lipstick (not gloss, otherwise the glitter will slide) and lip liner.

3. Choose your glitter. Ensure that you always use glitter that is specially formatted for use on the face. Mix different sized pieces and colors of glitter for a more theatrical look, or use one type of glitter for a showgirl look.

4. Dip an eye shadow sponge applicator in water so it is damp but not dripping.

5. If working on another person, ask them to lie down for easier application. Press the damp applicator into the glitter and pat it onto the lips. Use tape to remove any 3excess glitter from the face, and a cotton bud dipped in makeup remover to neaten up the lip line. 


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Tip 1:  For best results, try using two bold colors on a matte lipstick base. Pigments are great to pat on top.

Tip 2: If you're not crazy about the pattern you've created, rub your lips together for a whole new color and design.

Tip 3: Try using lace, net and stencils to create patterns. Use tape and tiny cotton buds to clean and correct any mistakes.

Tip 4: It's not all about being neat and tidy — going outside your lip line can add to your unique, one-off look.

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Neon paints from brands such as Farde4l and Kryolan will glow under black light and can be used in place of make-up as they're non-toxic. You can use a UV torch to check their intensity.

If you don't want to go full-on neon, try lipsticks near to neon. MAC has two lip shades I recommend: Neon Orange and Candy Yum-Yum.

You can also try patting some pure pigments over your base lipstick with your finger. MAC's Genuine Orange or Process Magenta are great.

Tip 1: Neon paints dry quickly, so you'll need to work fast.

Tip 2: Neon lips are like camo — they suit every skin tone! 

Tip 3: Paint lips before the rest of your makeup, as the slightest speck of neon will show up under UV light.

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Tip 1: Start by applying the lighter color with a brush. Clean the brush before applying the darker color.

Tip 2: Remember not to press your lips together! And take your colors with you for touch-ups.

Tip 3: I also love silver with gold, black with navy, teal with fuchsia, and lilac with lime green.


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From Lips: How To Wear Lipstick, Lip Gloss And Lift Your Lip Game by Natasha Davedlaka-Price.

Top photo by Casey Moore

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