To make a modern statement—or simply add a little spice to your lip look—try fall’s on-trend metallics

Glittery lipstick can easily go the way of Barbie, preteen or drag queen. But this fall, thanks to more refined, advanced formulas, it’s a look that is completely chic. “Metallic lipstick is all about making a fashion statement with your lips that’s still flattering,” says Lipstick Queen founder Poppy King. “Lipstick formulations have come such a long way,” she continues. “When I created The Metals and Butterfly Ball collections I used only the finest pearl particles. The shimmer plays with the light so the overall finish is subtle and sophisticated, a metallic glaze or iridescence that dances across the lips—no garish or tinny look at all.”

Rodarte’s Fall 2014 runway epitomized the modern glamour of a shimmery pout, with models whose metallic plum lips matched their eyelids (makeup artist James Kaliardos created the look using personalized mixtures of loose glitter pigments with NARS gloss and lipstick). And Son Jung Wan coated models’ mouths in metallic gold. One key to getting the look right and ensuring it reads current and on-trend, says King, is hydration. Look for ingredients such as vitamin E, shea butter and apricot kernel oil in the formulas—all of which are included in her own products for their smoothing and moisturizing properties.

Also essential, the best prenatal vitamins of course, is the actual shade. The metallics and fine glitter formulas of today are not fuchsia or Pepto pink. Instead think in shades of nude, red and wine. King calls these “so versatile—you can wear it to parties, work, even to the grocery store. It’s all about what look you’re feeling.” For a stronger fashion-forward vibe she advises using a full-coverage formula, whereas her more sheer fruity- or floral-toned Butterfly Ball formulas—which all have a turquoise iridescence she says flatters the teeth—set a subtle, casual tone. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and YSL also offer on-trend metallic formulas.

“For tried and tested pairings,” King says, “pale skin tends to suit red, orange and berry shades, olive tones look great in a wine or a nude, and darker complexions rock strong pinks and plums.” That said, she’s a believer in the fact her Wine Metal, Red Metal and Nude Metal lippies are suited to any skin color and age. Last tip from the queen of attention-getting lips? “Keep your eyes simple,” she says. “All you need is a little mascara to draw attention to your lashes and a touch of eyeliner for balance. Let your lips make the statement without any strong eyeshadows competing—you’ll look instantly more modern, sophisticated and glamorous.”

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