The Bedhead Version Of Lipstick Is Here
Article by Refinery29
If you ask us, most lipsticks looks best long
after they've been applied.
We're talking about the subtle, cool stain that's left behind after you've been wearing the same shade for a few hours. It's an effortlessly cool, soft, and flattering way to wear color — and hard to fake. Over the years some have called it "lipstick nirvana," but we call it the "blurred lip."
Unlike typical lipstick application, which usually involves carefully coating your lips to achieve crisp, opaque color, a blurred lip calls for nothing more than a layer of sheer, matte lipstick with perfectly imperfect edges. Makeup artists frequently use a variety of techniques to get the effect, minus all-day wear. Think: Blotting, patting, layering, and the like.
See, the concept of smudgy, soft lip color isn't new — makeup artist Pat McGrath played with the texture on the runways back in 2013 and South Korea's ombré lip trend made the rounds a few years back. It's even been taken to the extreme this past season. What is new, however, is the onslaught of lipsticks hitting the market that have bottled that lived-in effect in one singular tube — no tapping or smudging necessary.
Want to nab one for yourself? Check out our favorites — plus exactly how to wear them — in the slides ahead.
The spring show for Hellessy proved that there's no better match for a sun-kissed glow than a faded coral lip.
The blurred effect is gorgeous in all shades — but fuchsia just might be our favorite. Sweep on your favorite matte formula, then tap all over and around the edges with your ring finger to diffuse your lip line.
Jonathan Simkhai's spring show taught us exactly how to revive a natural, no-makeup beauty look by simply tapping on a sheer wash of powdery lipstick.
Try: MAC Powder Kiss in Devoted to Chili
This formula isn't launching until October, but we're already smitten. Infused with powder pigments, this matte formula creates a diffused, blurry coat of color that makes undone lipstick sexy.
Try: Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Antidote
It's only natural that the woman who ushered in the trend on the runways create her own version on the matte trend.
Try: Buxom Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder in Want You
Most powder lipsticks we know and love are beautiful — but also messy as hell. Buxom recently launched its own iteration of the Korean beauty trend in a no-fuss stick that effortlessly sweeps cushiony color onto lips through a sponge. So now you get the blurry finish without destroying your turtleneck.