These Are The Lipstick Shades You'll Be Wearing All Through 2019

One of our beauty resolutions for 2019 is to ace the slightly smudged, accidentally perfect makeup look — but we aren't talking about eyeliner.
That's because some of the lipstick trends about to infiltrate the red carpet, Instagram, and our morning commute require a hazy, imperfect finish, according to makeup artist Robert Sesnek, who touts the soft-focus look as the biggest burgeoning trend for 2019. "It's very unfinished in application, and almost smudged into the lip line — not ultra defined and done by using a lip pencil," Sesnek says.
An easy way to nail the look? Powder lipsticks, another trend makeup artist Carola Gonzalez champions for 2019. These innovative new formulations, configured in both palettes and bullets, feature suspended pigment, and transform from creams to matte powders upon application for serious makeup magic. Get both artists' tips for nailing blurred, messy-on-purpose lip looks, ahead — along with the lipstick colours they say are about to be trending hard in 2019.
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The Trend: Powder-Coated Lips

Gonzalez's pick for the biggest lipstick trend of 2019? Diffused, powder-coated lips. "Because the texture is completely different in powder-finish lipsticks, you can attain a level of colour and density that you can’t get from a traditional formula," she says. For this look on Joey King, the makeup artist reached peak lip intensity by using Chanel Poudre à Lèvres Lip Balm and Powder Duo in Rosso Pompeiano, a limited-edition powder and lip balm duo. "This orange-red shade is definitely one of my favourite reds for medium skin tones," she says. "It’s warm and very flattering." Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick in Joli Carminois, £8.99, is a great match.
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To help powder lipsticks adhere to the lip while still maintaining their matte quality, Gonzalez uses a non-shiny lip balm, like Kiehl's Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturising Lip Balm, £10, before applying colour. The rich burgundy-mauve shade of this lipstick, which transforms into a lightweight powder on the lips, is a standout on darker skin tones.
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"Think of powder lipsticks as a version of a matte lipstick. They perform like traditional formulas, but have a different consistency, texture, and finish," Gonzalez says. "They can be worn with any makeup style [elsewhere on the face], whether it's dewy, satin, or matte."

This formula looks like it has a powder-dry texture, but feels like a smooth balm when on.
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In lipstick, hydration typically comes with shine. But MAC has divorced the two in this formula, thanks to moisture-coated powder pigments that give a hazy matte look while conditioning lips at the same time. Gonzalez particularly likes this bright-pink shade for those with fair skin.
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The Trend: The New Nude

Nude lip colour will never not be a thing, but the new take on neutrals will have a little more punch, according to Sesnek. "It’s like the natural lip tone with a little more pigment, either in a slightly more intense colour than the natural lip colour, or slightly toned down," he says of the look. "On the runways for 2019, both ways were really natural and balanced out dramatic eye makeup beautifully."
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"For a brown-nude lip colour, I like NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Het Loo, applied and pressed out with your finger for a stained effect," Sesnek says.
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This lighter riff on the shade incorporates a bit of peach to complement fair skin tones. Apply it to the center of the lips, then tap toward the edges to achieve that imperfect look.
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Though Ellis Faas lip colors are made to flatter all skin tones, the orange-y base in this brown nude will particularly pop against darker skin.
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The Trend: Infrared Lips

"Bold colours are playing a big role in makeup right now," Gonzalez says. "I feel like the '80s are coming back and these neon shades are a true representation of that era." The look can be paired with simple brown or black eyeliner and mascara, or another shot of neon in a shade two steps removed from the lips.
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We love this neon-orange shade, which looks a lot more expensive than it is — and Gonzalez cosigns, praising the formula for its ability to deliver rich pigment in one swipe without streakiness. "These feel like nothing is on, but give a full, opaque coverage," she says, adding, "When picking a red lipstick for dark skin tones, go for one with orange undertones versus blue ones. There’s something unique and special about this colour that’s really uplifting on dark skin."
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This coral-tinged shade is perfect for medium skin tones — it delivers a softer take on red, but with major color payoff.
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For those with fair skin tones, Gonzalez suggests a lip colour so bright, it pares down the need to wear much of anything else. "Pinks have always complemented fair skin, but this shade takes pink to another level," she says. "The shade in itself is very bright and uplifting. It will definitely add a nice pop to the lip, and you won’t have to wear a lot of other makeup because of it."
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The Trend: Living Coral

It's not just the people at Pantone who pick coral as a big shade for 2019: The colour was also a standout at New York Fashion Week... and in Sesnek's mind. "Another runway lip I see trending next year is a bit more intense with a flatter finish, and an almost coral colour," he says. "Paired with minimal eyes and cheeks, it's a very chic look and looks very modern."
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Sesnek likes this particular shade of coral to get the look, along with Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna, £24. "I would apply it with the finger for a stained effect," he says. "Not so precise, but almost smudged in and blotted out."
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This statement-making variation on traditional red is perfect for those with cool skin tones looking for a brighter take on coral.
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This pinky-coral lip color isn't just on trend for 2019 — it also boasts an ultra-comfortable gel formula that delivers intense pigment without drying out the lips.
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