Whereas last season sparkle dressed eyes and brows, this spring the twinkle is traveling south to the lips. At DKNY, makeup artist Pat McGrath waged a glitter crusade with two variations: metallic raspberry lips lustered with micro-fine red glitter in the middle and chocolate brown pouts fully shellacked in sparkle. “It’s quite a modern way to wear the lip, with that bare, bare face,” McGrath says of the overall makeup design. “It’s all about the lip being the jewelry.” Ah, yes— the lip as jewelry: It’s an idea that makeup artists have no problem visualizing.
For the launch of Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal, makeup artist Vlada Haggerty partnered with jewelry designer Zoe Chicco to produce a literal lip bauble: During the hour-long lip art installation Haggarty used 80 diamonds weighing over 6.5 carats with the final appraisal totaling $26,500, garnering the encrusted mouth the Guinness World Record for “Most Valuable Lip Art.”
Of course, diamonds are likely out of the question, and even glitter can be a gloppy mess on mouths—not to mention drying. To grant your client a similar effect minus fleck fallout and jelling, try a matte metallic nish or iridescent glimmer gloss as your lip glitz alternative.