New Lip Looks for Spring with a Little Help from Mineral Air
Lillie May Mudge, a Los Angeles makeup artist and teen model, predicts a renewed focus on lips now that we’re coming up for (Mineral) air.
This last year of being masked up and locked down hasn’t been kind to lipstick aficionados. But as things are loosening up and we’re reemerging from our cocoons, the outlook is a hopeful one. Our makeup artist friend Lillie May Mudge, always with her eye on the trend, shares her views on new lip looks that are something to smile about.
“We’re not over mask wearing yet,” notes Lillie, “and it’s not likely that we’ll be able to put them aside completely for quite a while. But taking a mask on and off throughout the day over lipstick has the potential to make a smeary mess, particularly if it’s a cream or a gloss. Still, there are plenty of ways to kick up your lip pigment so that it stays put. Aside from the liquid mattes, these won’t be intense but even so they’ll be very pretty.” These include:
lip stains - the ones that look like felt tip pens are quite clever
liquid matte lipsticks - make sure you let them really dry down, at least 10 minutes, before putting on a mask
wipe off technique - apply bright lipstick and wipe away as much as you can with a tissue; some pretty pigment will be left behind
lip powders - these are ultra-saturated and can get messy but can be gorgeous, be sure to blot thoroughly
Mineral Air Universal Blush - because the AirMist Device is so precise, it's breeze to apply a subtle wash of color
Lillie herself loves a bright lip and is looking forward to fresh summer reds, oranges, fuchsias and corals. For every lipstick look she creates, she mists on a fine coat of Mineral Air Four-in-One Foundation as a sheer primer.
Here are her three more avant-garde trends she’s been spotting on the streets and on social media that play with lip shape and dimension.
Half-moon – Eliminates the cupid’s bow completely to achieve a rounded look.
Sharper points – Ultra-emphasis of the cupid’s bow for a vintage look. Since this goes outside the natural lip, you’ll need a good primer and lip pencils to achieve it.
Dewy-Ombre – A popular fashion-forward look in Japan, this starts with a sheer lipstick or stain first then topped with a darker pigment spot (stain, lip powder or even eyeshadow) in the middle of both lips. The darker will melt into the lighter and create the illusion of dimension. Let it dry down – 15 minutes at least – and finish off with a light gloss.
Clean up and clear out
“If you’re like most of us who have left our lipsticks, lipliners and pencils untouched for months on end, this means that they’re all at least over a year old,” Lillie says. “It’ll take some discipline, but you’ll want to toss those out and start fresh. And while you’re at it, give your lip brushes a good thorough clean or buy new."
What’s the difference?
Mineral Air offers two device-plus-formula categories, one for makeup, the other for skincare.
Mineral Air original (MA) includes its AirMist Device, an easy to use, everyday consumer tool that rivals professional airbrushing in its cosmetic application of our eponymous foundation, blush, or bronzer. Mineral Air Skin (MAS) features the Renewal Serum System with its ElixerMist Device for lightweight vaporized delivery.
“There are plenty of ways to kick up your lip pigment so that it stays put, even with wearing and taking off a mask throughout the day.”
Lillie May Mudge
Makeup Artist and model