This Is How You Slay The Metallic Lip Trend

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Metallics ruled the runways during fashion month, proving to be more than a hot-girl summer fling. The glittery goodness is a fall must — whether you’re rocking head-to-toe pantsuit or just opting for a bit of sparkle on your eyes or lips.

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The trick is to bring the focus on one area and keep the rest as simple or neutral as possible. The look above from Pyer Moss’ NYFW SS 2020 presentation is a prime example. But for those of us who might be intimated by all that face sparkle, I suggest going for the lips. You can slay with even beginner’s skills and build up or tone down to where you feel most comfortable.


This summer, we spoke with celeb makeup artist AJ Crimson at the DC Makeup Show to get his take on fall trends. Of course, known for a good glittery lip gloss with his AJ Crimson Beauty collection, he was already on it and shared how to slay the metallic trend to perfection.

AJ Crimson X Go Off
Photo courtesy AJ Crimson Beauty

“The secret to doing a really great metallic-y glitter lip is to base it with a matte liquid lip,” he said.

He said using the matte base “keeps the glitter from transferring.” He also suggested using a darker shade for added dimensions. “By using that darker shade of matte liquid lip, that becomes your lip liner. So, when you take that lighter or brighter color of metallic lip gloss, that layer of shimmer and sparkle on top is going to give it even more punch and it will last you a lot longer.”

And, AJ has a deep purple duo that is perfect for fall slayage.

“I love to take my “Hey Girl Hey” ($22) and then add “Go Off” ($22) on top of it to give you this really beautiful vibrant lip that’s going to last you all day and even with the wear down it just wears out very gradually.”

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.