Is the vinyl lip making a comeback?
Glossy eyes have been dominating our Instagram feeds for months, and while the shiny, wet-look lids may appear downright delicious, the slip ‘n slide trend can be a little tricky to pull off in real life.
But what can’t be done on the eyes, can always be done on the lips and it seems high-shine vinyl is coming back in a big way via ultra-glossy pouts.
At Chanel’s 2020 Cruise Collection show in Paris, models lips were drenched in a gothic black lacquer that was equal parts dramatic and chic. While at Ryan Lo’s SS19 show, makeup artist Miranda Joyce created a ruby red lip so wet it looked almost poisonous. The shade was none-other than M.A.C’s iconic ‘Ruby Woo’ layered over with a gloss.
(Chanel, Getty Images)
(Ryan Lo, Getty Images)
Since then, we’ve seen new lip launches from NARS, Revlon, Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford that combine bold colour with a mirrored-finish in one swipe. Making the high fashion trend more convenient and wearable IRL.
And while the finish of a vinyl lip may look sticky as hell, the formulas have come a long way in terms of glossy comfort (although we’d still advise not stepping out with loose hair on a windy day).
Intrigued enough to try it? Here’s a few tips to consider.
1. Exfoliate and prep
Always start by giving your lips a gentle scrub to start, removing any dead skin. If you don’t have a lip-friendly scrub, a spare toothbrush always does the trick. Follow with a nourishing lip balm or primer.
2. Use a liner to make it last
For a crisp edge and long-wearing colour, start with a liner first. Pick one that matches your final lip colour, or use an invisible one. Trace the edges of your lips and then colour in the centre for extra staying power.
3. Apply your vinyl lip lacquer
These types of products pack a punch, so apply sparingly, staring with the bottom lip first. Then pucker before filling in what’s left on the top lip.
Hot tip: You can also give any opaque matte lip colour a vinyl-like finish by applying a gloss like Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss! In Crystal Clear over the top.
Bh’s vinyl lip top picks: NYX Stictly Vinyl Lip Gloss ($14.95 at nyxcosmetics.com.au), Make Up Forever Artist Plexi-Gloss ($20 at sephora.com) and Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lip Lacquer ($58 at www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com.au)