Runway Beauty Tips & Tricks

Spring 2011 Beauty Trend Report: Neon Lips

January 14, 2011

With lips drenched in eye-popping neon shades of orange and fuchsia on the runways of Jil Sander, Fendi, Marni, Diane von Furstenberg and more, the bright lip look has been taken to a whole new level this spring.

Marni and Fendi Spring 2011

To achieve such strong impact, makeup artists seeked help from pigments and eyeshadows. At Diane von Furstenberg and Jil Sander, pigments were applied on top of lip pencil and mixed with lip color. At Marni, an opaque cream was used while eyeshadows covered the corners of the mouth.

To translate the look from runway to real way, follow the tips below:

• Bright colors can accentuate flakes and lines. Make sure you exfoliate and prep the lip with a generous layer of lip balm.

• A loud pout requires a defined lip line. Clean up your lip line with a brush dipped with concealer or foundation and outline your lips with a pencil.

• Go matte. Super bright, glossy lips can be an overkill, especially on fuller lips. Stick with matte formulas or mattify your lipstick by blotting with a tissue and patting an eyeshadow in the same color on top.

• Apply your lip color with a lip brush for utmost precision.

• Always pair the look with clean skin and barely-there blush for the chicest look.

Images: Luca Cannonieri /

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  • Reply Kaitlynn January 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Im really trying to find the courage to try out the neon orange lipstick. Wish me luck.

    • Reply Phyllis January 16, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Good luck Kaitlynn! Some of my favorite orange lipsticks are MAC Morange, Estee Lauder Wild Fire and Kanebo Sensai LT16 Soubi.

  • Reply brigitte January 16, 2011 at 3:26 am

    i love this kind look ,it’s soooo fashionable and the clean face matches the sharp lips very well,love them expecially the first one

  • Reply simplystephy January 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I have been loving experimenting with bright lips!

  • Reply Claire April 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Love your post on the bright lips trend. It’s gonna be huge this Spring/Summer!

  • Reply Sharon June 3, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Runway models always have extravagant makeup; I really like the vibrant lip colour look! I didn’t know you could add eye shadow to lips in order to add effect.

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