Straight-Off-the-Runway Lipstick Trends That Are Perfect for Fall
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Straight-Off-the-Runway Lipstick Trends That Are Perfect for Fall

Refinery29 | Samantha Sasso

For better or for worse, the last several seasons of New York Fashion Week have been all about one word: minimalism. Minimal foundation (if any at all), minimal nail polish (likely a clear topcoat), and minimal lipstick (probably a sheer, unlabeled lip balm) have been the status quo at every backstage session since 2016.

We get it: There are plenty of times when we find nothing more appealing than a bare face and nude nails. But this is Fashion Week! It’s supposed to be all about trendsetting and statement-making moments. Luckily, the pendulum is swinging back to more involved beauty looks on the runway, and the Spring/Summer 2019 season has handed us a whole new menu of makeup trends.

Looking at the Fashion Week images, we’ve got plenty of ideas for how to change up our looks – even if it’s subtle – and we’re starting with our lipstick. From bold lines to the return of glitter lips, a whole lineup of trends await for spring. In fact, they’re so easy to copy, we think you can make ’em work for fall.

Ahead, the lipstick trends you’re about to see everywhere.


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The Blurred Lipstick

The concept of a smudgy, soft lip has existed for years. Before McGrath was trying it on the runways, it was a huge hit as an ombré-inspired trend in South Korea. Now, it’s making a romantic revival for 2019 in bright pink and berry shades. (This particular look took center stage at Ulla Johnson.)


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If you’ve ever had a glass of red wine before, you’ll know that the most robust blends always leave proof of the drink (or drinks) behind on your lips. This blurry look at Jonathan Simkhai, created by Grace Lee, is a twist on the blotted trend. All you have to do is sweep a small amount of matte pigment (Lee used Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color) on the center of the lips and pat the color out toward the lip line.


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When makeup artist Gucci Westman created this bright look for Brock Collection, she was inspired by the ease of a summer morning. Skip the lipstick for this look and instead use the leftovers of whatever cream blush you just dabbed onto your cheeks. Westman used her Baby Cheeks Blush Stick to blot the center of the lips.


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The Hellessy show took a sun-kissed twist on the fad with orange and coral tones lightly blended at the edges for a diffused effect.


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The Bold & the Beautiful

Two-toned lipstick has been a staple in 2018. Instead of juxtaposing two different shades on the bottom and top lip, try outlining just one lip with a bright fuchsia or pink, just like MAC did at the Chromat S/S 19 show.


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Glitter lips are officially back. (You can thank Jeremy Scott for the return of the Pat McGrath-esque trend.) Although the look will never be the most comfortable trend to try, it’s easier than you think. 


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Although The Blonds and MAC makeup artist Kabuki were inspired by Disney villains for this look, we’re sticking around because of one thing: black lipstick. Most people would try this trend in the dead of winter, but we’re prepared to make the gothic shade shine year-round.


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The Light-Reflecting Gloss

Kate Spade will never give you an astonishingly bold lip on the runway, but the look will always give you something to talk about. This year it was this balmy pink lipstick that, sure, isn’t flashy, but it’s flattering in all the right ways.


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We may not be Texan youths (the inspiration behind the Brandon Maxwell show), but we do know how to rock a monochromatic pink eye and lip. The MAC pro team created the look by mixing two glosses together: Cremesheen Glass in Pagoda and the new MAC x Brandon Maxwell Lipglass in Baby B.


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Ask McGrath why the Anna Sui models looked like they hadn’t showered in a week, and she’d tell you it’s because they’ve been on a yearlong road trip to a roadside vintage shop (seriously). Our favorite part: This glossy, just-bitten lip that’s somewhere between a tinted balm and a lipstick – a.k.a. our new happy place.


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