The Power Lip - it's the latest trend to take over the runways and red carpets. Here are our tips on how to master it like a pro.
The power lip is the latest trend to emerge from the fashion world this season. It's the makeup lovers dream and a perfect way to transition your make up from autumn to winter. All you need is the right shade and a little confidence. Think of it in the same way you'd swap your light weight trench for a sleek wool coat.
But what exactly is a power lip?
The whole idea behind the power lip trend is based on being decisive and unapologetic about your makeup choices. Over the spring, gentle washes of pastel and glistening glosses were particularly popular but this trend is the opposite in every way. Think strong, bold shades that say "look at me".
The power lip is a stamped on, strong lip colour that doesn't budge. It's the makeup equivalent of a power suit (minus shoulder pads, obvs!). On the runway, Alexander McQueen showcased the trend but it was also part of the looks that I worked on backstage at the Rochas show in Paris too.
How to wear it
A strong lip can be a little daunting but when you pull it off, it looks great! I'd always suggest starting by prepping your lips first. Start by giving them a little TLC with a scrub and them balm. Tissue off any excess and then you're ready to apply colour.
If you're not 100% confident in getting the shape right first time, use a thin lipliner to create your shape first. Then go in with your colour. A liquid lipstick is perfect for this kind of look, but you can use a large lip crayon too. If you're feeling particularly creative, you can add extra dimension by tapping colour pigment on top too.
Choosing your shade
Red is always a going to work when it comes to a statement lip. From poppy red to scarlet to ruby to crimson. But you could just as easily use a dark pink, deep purple or burnt orange. As with any trend, it's up to you how you interpret and weave it into your own personal style.
Are you feeling this look? Would you brave a power lip?