This Is Everywhere You've Probably Seen Glitter Lips

It’s official: Glitter lips are everywhere. In the past few months alone, we've seen them on Naomi Campbell at the MTV Music Awards, models at Versace and Fendi, and even on the seemingly glitter-reformed Kesha. Within the fashion world, there's one woman responsible for the sudden influx in disco pouts: Pat McGrath (or Mother Makeup, as she's sometimes called). The esteemed makeup maestro introduced her already sold-out Lust 004 Lipstick Kit on Naomi — and now, it appears as if the trend has exploded, like a 2014 glitter bomb.

And while the disco-friendly look may seem recent, glitter lips actually have roots that go way back. Burlesque dancers have long considered them a stage-performance staple; drag queens have rocked sparkle-packed lips for nearly as long. Ahead, a brief history of the glittery mouth, plus a few tips on how to get one yourself — sold-out Lip Kits be damned.

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Like contouring and faux lashes, glittery lips are a makeup trend that stems from drag culture. And while rockers and club kids in the '70s did wear flecks of sparkly eyeshadow, it’s the drag community that made it a mouth moment. Fittingly, actor John Cameron Mitchell gives that fact a shout-out in the 2001 film Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
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Back in 2010, there was no such thing as too much glitter for Kesha. (As the singer told Vanity Fair a year later, she spent about $2,000 a month on the stuff.) The singer's sparkle obsession has since simmered, though she did recently upload a photo to Instagram in which her lips strangely resembled the glimmer of a Goldschläger bottle.
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McGrath’s aforementioned lip kit may seem like an overnight success, but the makeup artist actually had the idea for years. “In 2009, I did this [metallic, red and gold] lip for British Elle for a celebration of London Underground that we shot in my bedroom at the Ritz Hotel in-between the shows, and that's what the whole kit is based off of,” she told The Daily Mail.

Didn’t get your hands on the sold-out kit? Bite Beauty recently teased a high-shine gloss that is slated for future release.
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It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when dancers began wearing glitter on their lips, but the longstanding tradition of head-to-toe bling remains in full effect today. So much so, that instructions on how to re-create the look — which Christina Aguilera wore in the 2001 film Burlesque — are now a part of introduction-to-burlesque classes offered around the world.
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At this point, shimmer is practically a staple among pop stars (see Kesha reference), but we never thought we'd see hip-hop artist Missy Elliott rock the trend. So when the rapper released her "WTF" music video last year, she surprised us all in the best way possible — and foreshadowed the trend — by sporting space-age, silver glitter on her lips.
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Among the celebs doing shimmer in 2016: Chrissy Teigen and Jaime King, who both snapped and Instagrammed themselves wearing McGrath’s ruby-red glitter lips in August. Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid wore a similar look on the runway, created with a $7 drugstore find.
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