As reformed neutralites (a made-up word referring to those who only wear non-colorful clothes), we understand that the recent rainbow-bright trend can be intimidating and off-putting to many people. While banana yellow trousers and tangerine frocks might be suitable for fashion insiders and daring stylephiles, not everyone is ready or willing to commit to so much color. That is why we're truly thrilled to share our favorite new beauty trend--Vibrant Lips--which offers an effortlessly interesting way to wear some of spring's high-impact shades. Plus, we've spotted shocking pink pouts and bright coral kissers on ladies like Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, and Georgia Jagger, making us certain that this trend is a must-try!
While celebrity tastemakers tend to opt for more wearable iterations of the vibrant-lip trend, the S/S 11 runways offered loads of neon-like looks worth checking out. At Marc by Marc Jacobs, makeup guru Dick Page used Shiseido's Perfect Rouge Lipstick ($25) in Day Lily/OR418 to create an electrified orange lip we love. (On a side note: Page applied an orange pigment powder on top of the lipstick to make the color even more vibrant, so please be aware that Day Lily alone is a little less intense.) If orange hues are not quite your cup of tea, fret not because there are lots of lovely pinks to try too. For example, at DVF, the wildly talented James Kaliardos gave models a fluorescent fuchsia lip via two MAC products. He lined the girls' lips with MAC Pro's Chromagraphic Pencil ($14.50) in Process Magenta and then added a layer of MAC Pigment ($19.50) in Magenta Madness--a matte, neon pink powder with blue undertones--on top, resulting in a stunning ultra-pink look.
Though the runway iterations are certainly intriguing, you can certainly tone things down for real life--just check out a few of our celebrity examples for reference. Kate Bosworth is definitely one of our go-to inspirations for the vibrant-lip trend, specifically her beauty look at the Hollywood Style Awards a few months ago. Pati Dubroff, Bosworth's incredible makeup artist, created a killer combo when she paired a bright fuchsia pink pencil, specifically Make Up For Ever's Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil ($17) in Fuchsia 16C, with Clarins' Rouge Prodige Lipstick ($24) in Coral Tulip. When examined with the rest of Bosworth's look--slicked-back hair and a white and mint Jil Sander dress--the vivid lip is fresh and fabulous. We also adore the pinky-purple lip Josephine de la Baume created for the Q Awards in London late last year. The singer/actress/model/muse combined two MAC Lip Pencils ($13) to create her stunning shade: Whirl, which is a dirty rose, and Trimmed in Pink (which is sadly no longer available, but try Magenta for a similarly bright hue). Need some more examples? You can always emulate Rachel Bilson and the sweet pink she wore to a party during Milan Fashion Week, the hot pink Elisa Sednaoui picked for the Thakoon show in February, or the hot red Georgia May Jagger wore to a Hudson event at Selfridges in London last month. Notice how all of these ladies kept the focus on their lips, and opted for unfussy eye makeup and natural, slightly polished skin? It's definitely the way to go!
If you're ready to go for this must-try beauty trend at home, we have a few product suggestions to get you started. If you are looking for a great pink, check out Hourglass' Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick ($30) in Fever, NARS' Lipstick ($24) in Schiap or Funny Face, or Maybelline's Color Sensational Lipcolor ($7.50) in Fuchsia Fever. If you want a hot coral, try MAC's Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($14.50) in Gotta Dash! (shown above), Make Up For Ever's Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19) in 40 (a bright orange coral), or Revlon's Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick ($8) in Siren. And last, but certainly not least, if you're in the mood for an electric red, pick up MAC's Lipstick ($14.50) in Lady Danger--one of Chloe Sevigny's go-to shades--or Wet n Wild's MegaLast Matte Lip Color ($2.99) in 909D, which is one of our favorite new hues!
Photos of Georgia Jagger, Elisa Sednaoui, Josephine de la Baume, and Rachel Bilson, courtesy of Getty; Photo of Backstage Marc by Marc Jacobs photo, courtesy of First View; Backstage Diane von Furstenberg photo, courtesy of Imax Tree