Fashion Week in New York always has a few surprises in terms of trends. Designers know what’s going to be hot, ahead of time (or at least they have an educated idea), but the rest of us only see the dominant trends revealed as models walk the runways.
When you see the same style or color, heel or handbag, again and again, you know it’s going to be a must-have for the season. In makeup it was obvious that there were several must-haves: citrus colors, intense pigments, products with SPF and moistly matte formulas.
Not everyone feels comfortable in these colors, but they’re going to be must-haves in makeup as well as in clothing. Mote traditional sister colors of coral, peach and apricot have always been popular but now these colors are brighter, more orange, bolder, and super-saturated not just for lips but also on cheeks and even eyes.
If you love makeup, you’ll likely want to try some or all of these trends for Spring/Summer 2012 (and into Fall). Here are seven of my favorite new “must-haves” when it comes to lips in all price points, and all are available right now!
Shiseido’s Shimmering Rouge Lipstick ($25.00) is one of my personal favorite products. These offer gorgeous, saturated color, with magically moist gloss. The pampering, long-lasting color slides on perfectly in one swipe from the elegant, slim-line, angled-tipped tube. The formula contains super-bio yeast extract that promotes collagen production, while an exclusive, photo-smoothing pearl ingredient helps diffuse light in all directions and help your lips look smoother and younger. The luxe lipstick also includes a Super hydro-wrap vitalizing DE ingredient contains an oil that blends well with water, so your lips look and feel moisturized. There are seven sensational new colors in the Spring 2012 collection. However, (OR316) “Mango” is a golden orange that follows the citrus trend, but isn’t so bright it will blind you. Another stand-out is (BR 317) “Butterscotch.” This glossy lipstick is a nude, but a toasty one that gives your lips a deep caramel color instead of completely obliterating them. The other five shades includes two light pinks, and some nice takes on soft red. Find them right now at your favorite Shiseido counter and www.shiseido.com
It doesn’t matter how great the fashion and beauty rags make orange lips look, almost no one can pull off a straight orange on their face, without looking clownish. However, one way to wear a citrus is with coral. Clinique Global Colour Artist, Jenna Menard created a coral shade in Clinique’s lovely, Long Last Lipstick formula ($15.00) called “Runway Coral.” It debuted on the runways for at designer Karen Walker’s Spring 2012 runway show. This shade is not quite orange, but is “citrus-y” enough to give that fresh lip look, and still be flattering. The creamy, long last lipstick feels great on lips and is packaged in Clinique’s now iconic, brushed silver, ribbed tube . The color is bright but soft, with just enough red so that the color looks like a lipstick and not like you smeared an orange crayon on your lips. Clinique calls it “poppy,” to give you a cue that’s it isn’t fruit colored! If you’d like to learn more about how Jenna Menard created the bright coral color, you can visit www/Clinique.com/Runwaycoral. You can get this limited edition lovely right now but only online: www.clinique.com
The bold lip trend is usually shown with red, but Lipstick Queen has come out with a new lipstick called “Saint Eden” ($18.00) that is a perfect, clear, bold, deep pink. Lipstick Queen’s two formulas are Saint, and Sinner. Saint, in a brushed gold tube, has 10% pigment which gives you more color than a sheer gloss, but less than “Sinner” which is a highly pigmented lipstick. Even though the lipstick is super creamy, light and moist, you’ll get plenty of color. Saint Eden makes lips look several shades darker but still manages to look pretty and natural. You can even dab a bit of this lipstick on your cheeks for a matching, natural blush in a pinch. I love Lipstick Queen’s trendy but wearable colors and their ebullient designer, Poppy King whom I met once at a QVC beauty event and became as star struck as if I’d met an actual royal! You can get Lipstick Queen products at high end online boutiques and retail stores such as Space NK and http://us.spacenk.com and learn more at www.lipstickqueen.com
I’m sort of nutty for NYX cosmetics. They’re inexpensive, but deliver high quality results in a dizzying array of products and colors. No wonder they’re the official sponsor of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Whether you’re a man or a woman, making up your face with high performance products that won’t let you down, is a joy. Another trend for Spring and Fall is a matte formula for lips. “Angel” is a NYX soft matte lipstick. I’m not mad for matte, but this formula has some moisture in it, so it’s not flat and dry. And, for just $6.00 you get this richly pigmented, warm pink lipstick that is universally flattering (not too coral or pink) and follows the bold lip trend, but it still looks soft. The black matte case has a peek-a-boo window, so you can see the color. Visit: www.nyxcosmetics.com
Another trend that refuses to die is the nude trend. Nuded out lips with an intense lipstick was a runway favorite for the past couple of seasons, but it really isn’t a look that is all that wearable for most women. And, if you’re over the age of 12, it just makes you look like a crazy old crone. Argue with me in the comments section if you don’t agree. But you can wear a nude lip gloss and get a no makeup look that is lovely, and still, trendy. One to try for just $5.99 is the L’Oreal Paris Le Gloss lip gloss in “nude illusion.” I love the slim, clear plastic squeeze tube with slant tip that dispenses a truly nude (but sheer), shimmery gloss. The super sheer gloss is enhanced with argan oil, Omega 3, and Vitamin E. You won’t get a huge pop of color, but you will get shine, and ta bit of flesh-tinted gloss that looks good! You can get these glosses in 16 colors in mass market retailerrs, and learn more at www.lorealparisusa.com
One of the MARKs (sorry, weak pun intended) of a luxury lipstick is the distinctive “click” you hear when you close the case. However, for just $10.00 you can hear that luxurious, musical sound with a new lipstick from MARK called ‘Lipclick.” The full color lipsticks are housed in short, shiny, bronze metallic cases with a magnetic closure that not only keep the lipsticks from opening in your bag. they give you that big splurge fee, for a lot less. There are more than a dozen, antioxidant (Vitamin E) and moisture infused shades to choose from, including a bold coral called “Coral Fixation.” But “Baby Luv” is a medium pink that glistens on lips, feels a bit tingly (thanks to a cool, minty flavor) and gives great coverage without going all the way to bold. The shine is just a few rungs below lip gloss quality, so your lips will glisten without being gooey or gaudy. Not everything has to be expensive to give you that feeling. Lipclick definitely, does! Visit www.meetmark.com or contact your Mark representative.
By now you’ve been advised by The Advice Sisters never to leave your home without some sort of sun protection. But often, lips are ignored. One way to protect your lips, at least a little, and get beautifying effects, is with a multi-tasking lip product. Soft Lips is already known for those little, swivel up sticks of moisturizing protection, but now they have a wanded lip gloss in a tube in two shades that offer sheer, shiny color and SPF 10. “Pearl” is a sheer, luminescent, slightly sparkling, very pretty, mauve-ish pink that is so sheer it’s nearly clear, great for layering or for a no makeup look.“Coral” has a bit more color, to tint lips with the citrus trend. If you crave the coral look, but can’t quite manage a big, bold lip, this sheer gloss gives you the color, without the commitment. It’s bold in the tube and on the wand, but on lips is so sheer you’ll see the color but not the intensity. The press literature says you’ll enjoy a “light brown-sugar flavor” which I smelled when I tested the glosses on my hand, but the scent is so light you may not notice it on your lips. The moisturizing, shiny gloss feels lovely. As long as you’re going to use a lip gloss, why not make it work a little harder for your lips? The SPF 10 in this one isn’t super-high, but at least you’re marginally protecting your lips every time you re-apply it (so do it, often). As Key ingredients include 7.5% octinoxate and 2% Dimethicone (skin protectant). You can find these in mass market retailers and drug stores and learn more at www.softlips.com