These 5 Lipstick Trends Will Dominate 2018

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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.
Still, with the new year approaching, we're on the hunt for inspiration. That's why we look to the runways, red carpet, and our favorite makeup artists for inspiration on the coolest lip colors, shapes, and finishes to work into our daily makeup routine. What's more? They're all ridiculously wearable. Ahead, check out the lipstick trends that will dominate 2018.
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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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The model's at Rihanna's show wore Fenty Beauty's Gloss Bomb — rosy-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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Although this tube looks like a major throwback, the sheer finish makes it modern — and it's the everyday product you never knew you needed. Plus, you can pick from nearly 30 different shades.
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If you're looking for true glass-like lips, look no further than Glossier's gloss. Wear it alone for instant shine or layer it over your favorite 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 and worn in just the right places. As much we as love a sharp, perfectly-lined lip, there's something effortless and cool about the blurry, faded look. To get it, makeup artists are ditching bold, bright hues in favor of lipsticks that enhance their client's natural lip color. Could this be 2018's take on #wokeuplikethis makeup?
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It's a classic for a reason: The soda-scented formula deposits a hint of rosy color that makes lips look juicy and full.
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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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With three color options to choose from — Popsicle (red), Melon (orange), and Pink — these color-changing lipsticks leave behind a subtle stain that's as hydrating as a balm, but shinier than your juiciest lip gloss.
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The balm that will leave a Merlot stain behind even if you forgot to pour yourself a glass.
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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. (Just ask Violette — the French makeup guru swears by the trick for instant sex appeal.)

At DKNY's Spring 2017 show, makeup artists paired oxblood lips with gold, glittery Cupid's bows. The best part? Since the look is about opting for pops of color, 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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On the hunt for something with slightly less glitter? Ulta Beauty's glitter liners are a good option. The line features features nine shades from rose gold to silver.
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Maybelline launched a line of lip kits this past fall that each contain with two products: a creamy lipstick and metallic lip shadow. Wear the shades solo, layer the metallic shadow on top of lipstick, or tap the latter onto your Cupid's bow to highlight your lips — the options are endless.
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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. At the Spring 2018 shows for Temperley London, Haider Ackermann, Blumarine, and Max Mara, models walked the runway in bright crimson lipstick and barely-there makeup.
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Giorgio Armani's Lip Magnet is liquid lipstick for people who hate liquid lipstick. The formula slides onto the lips with full color 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 favorites at the drugstore thanks to their creamy texture, matte finish, and bold pigment. This hue, 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 the models at Cushnie et Ochs and Sonia Rykiel's Spring 2018 runway shows. Use the shade to complement any eye look, or pair it with matching peach blush and shadow for a monochromatic effect.
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This creamy peach lipstick is a dead ringer for Gomez's hue.
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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.
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