I Have TikTok Beauty Fatigue, But This Honey Lips Hack Is Too Pretty Not to Love


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Beauty TikTok is creating some serious fatigue. Brimming with what seems like new trends hourly, it's impossible to keep up with every lip tip, blush hack, or fruit-inspired beat. But I can say with confidence that some hacks are worth the hype—they're just so damn cute when you take the time to try them out for yourself. I'm all for a good foundation trick that will give me a serious glow or a viral TikTok brand that features highly effective items that are less than $20, but my latest obsession is the "honey lips" trend. 

Don't worry; it's an incredibly easy thing to try and only requires a little gold eye shadow, lip liner, and gloss—that's it! The idea is to create a plump, luscious glow on the lips without the stinging or burning that can come with some plumping glosses. The gold eye shadow adds a touch of glitter and gives the lips a bit of a wet look. For a few extra tips on how to execute this one to perfection, I talked to celebrity makeup artist Emily Gray Higgins. Keep scrolling for all her advice and the products she'd use to create this look on a client. 

Pre-Application Tips


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To prep and set your lips for a look like this, Higgins has a few key hacks she swears by. "I have a whole system [for] making sure your lip look will stay in place all day," she explains. "First of all, lip prep is essential. Scrub the lips gently with a wash cloth or cotton round to remove any flaky skin. Next, put on a lip mask while doing the rest of your makeup. (I always leave the lips for last so that they have plenty of time to soak in the lip treatment.)

"I love Catrice's Lip Lovin' Overnight Lip Mask. When it is time to do the lips, blot off the lip treatment with a tissue thoroughly. You want to make sure you remove it, as it will cause any products on the lips to run since it's very emollient. Afterwards, take the lip liner around the border of your lips, buff the edges of the lip liner with your finger. Then (this is the magic part), take a little translucent powder on a powder puff and go over the entire lip. Then follow with the gold shadow and gloss to finish your honey lips look. The powder creates a matte base for the other lip products to grasp onto, making it last!"

The Best Lip Liners for Honey Lips

The Best Glosses for Honey Lips

The Best Gold Eye Shadows for Honey Lips


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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.