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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,


  • 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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pickle pickle 9 years
I'm not sure if it's still the case, but isn't Dior Plastique an easier way to get the same look? I remember it being super-shiny. I just looked it up and I think it's now called Dior Addict Plastic Gloss. I'm sure if it's really trendy someone will soon come up with some new product to make it easier.
0037sammie 0037sammie 9 years
I don't know- love the idea of a gloss moisturising the lips, hate the way it looks on and the effort required to maintain....
iHeartU83 iHeartU83 9 years
yesssssssss...i will be updating my make up closet! I must find a outfit to match my lip gloss!
Evalicious Evalicious 9 years
I dyed my hair brown last fall so that I could pull off red red lips! Can't wait to try them super shiny!!!
sephoragirl sephoragirl 9 years
great look on this model, but I'm not sure me as a blonde would be able to pull off such red liptsick.
SoBourjois SoBourjois 9 years
Very glam. I think NARS lipglosses are good for this look. Of course no one wants to kiss you like this.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Oh la la la la!
emalove emalove 9 years
I love super-shiny gloss, but I prefer it in clear or pale pink shades. This look is just too intense for me.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
That looks really cool on other people but I'd go crazy if I was wearing super thick, gooey, drippy gloss.
I love the look and try for it but am too lazy to carry things around with me for touch ups during the day... Plus my long hair always decided to whip at my face and drag the color all over my face :(
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
This look definitely requires wearing the hair up - because if it sticks to that gloss, it's a goner! It does look very cool and glam, though!
piksie007 piksie007 9 years
i can't stand super shiny lips on me...i like the look on other people, but i *hate* super slick lipgloss for my own purposes
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I love the way these look, but I'd never be able to maintain the look the entire night. I'd end up with lip gloss or stick on somewhere on my face by the end of the night :P
dkaanoi dkaanoi 9 years
looks great! just beware of the attack of the magnet lipgloss anything your lips touch it will stick to with all that gooy lipgloss on especially your hair!
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