These 6 Cool Lipstick Trends Are Dominating 2018

We can thank the viral nature of the world wide web for the beauty world's obsession with shock value. From squiggly brows, to contouring with inanimate objects, to placing literal insects and plants onto your lips, artists and influencers have taken to weird and outlandish ways to display their craft. And while watching someone put bronzer on with a fidget spinner may be entertaining, most of the viral trends that "break the internet" these days aren't ones we'd wear in our everyday lives.
But we're still on the hunt for inspiration. That's why we look to the runways, red carpet, and our favourite makeup artists for inspiration on the coolest lip colours, shapes, and finishes to work into our daily makeup routine. What's more? They're all ridiculously wearable.
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Glass Lips

The beauty world's obsession with all things dewy has shifted from skin to lips. You've likely seen images floating around of juicy, heavily-glossed lips that toe the line between a healthy pucker and Kirakira material.

Even Rihanna, who dropped one of the buzziest beauty launches this year, is into the look. She had makeup artists apply thick coats of her Fenty Beauty gloss to each model's lips at her Spring 2018 show for Fenty x Puma.
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Fenty's Luminizer is a rose-nude gloss infused with shea butter and subtle gold shimmer. Plus, it has a jumbo-sized applicator that makes it easy to slick on in a hurry (and without a mirror).
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If you're looking for true glass-like lips, look no further than Glossier's clear gloss. Wear it alone for a vinyl shine or layer it over your favourite lipstick for extra dimension.
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Makeout Lips

If you ask us, lipstick looks the best long after it's been applied, when it's soft around the edges - there's something effortlessly cool about the blurry, faded look. To achieve it, makeup artists are ditching bold, bright hues in favour of lipsticks that enhance their client's natural lip colour. It's officially 2018's take on #wokeuplikethis makeup.
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This clever lipstick boasts a foam applicator which blurs harsh lines and lends a soft, lived in finish. Plus, the silver and leather case is guaranteed to add a touch of luxury to every handbag.
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This lip balm isn't just hydrating, it's fun, too. Although the product goes on sheer, it transforms into the prettiest shade of pink once it settles into the lips.
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Cupid's Bow

Makeup artists have been applying touches of carefully-placed highlighter to Cupid's bows to fake fuller, juicier lips for decades. Lately, though, they have taken the tried-and-true hack and turned it on its head, opting for in-your-face metallic and glitter finishes that don't just highlight the area, but make it the focal point of a look.

Since the look is about opting for pops of colour, you can use any shade you like, as long as it's lighter than your lipstick shade. Earlier this year, makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes tried the trend with red lips and orange glitter
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We've found that reaching for liquid liner is the easiest (and cleanest) way to get the look. Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Liquid Liner collection has a handful of fun shades like gold, blue, and pink to choose from.
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This might be an eyeshadow, but the tiny flecks of glitter impart such a pretty, lit from within glow on skin. Apply to your Cupid's bow with your fingertips and tap the excess onto your lids.
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Red Hot Lips

Okay okay, red lipstick isn't a trend, but the way people are wearing it certainly is. Rather than pairing the shade with cat-eyes or bold eye makeup, makeup artists are taking a less-is-more approach. The trick to nailing it is to pair it with barely-there makeup.
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Giorgio Armani's Lip Magnet is liquid lipstick for people who usually hate liquid lipstick. The formula slides onto the lips with full colour payoff, yet never feels dry, crusty, or flaky — even after hours of wear.
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Maybelline's Loaded Bolds lipsticks are some of our favourites at the drugstore thanks to their creamy texture, matte finish, and bold pigment. Dynamite Red, is our top pick.
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Peach Please

We've spotted peach tones all over, from makeup artist Hung Vanngo's peach lip on Selena Gomez to influencers on Instagram. Use the shade to complement any eye look, or pair it with matching peach blush and shadow for a cool monotone effect.
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This creamy peach lipstick is a dead ringer for Selena's hue and stays put way past lunch time.
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Not feeling a satin finish? This creamy, matte lipstick feels like butter on the lips and never looks patchy or dry. Plus, it's a steal.
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Metallic Lips

The brushed metal finish is all over Instagram right now, and we're convinced. It's the perfect way to add shine to lips without having to slather them in sticky gloss.
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Filled to bursting with pigment, just one swipe of Too Faced's new liquid lipstick yields a blanket of intense chrome colour. Yes, it's matte, but an army of lip conditioners means it doesn't make them feel dry.
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If your lips need extra quenching, opt for a cream-based lipstick. The iridescent particles are subtle but seriously pretty and capture the light at every angle.

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