When it came to lips and lipsticks, the Fall 2016 runways were about all big bold color, with a few surprises added into the makeup mix. We saw a return to gothic glam with deep ombré pouts, blueish-black lips, and heavy rich maroons, burgundies, and plums, with some matte reds thrown in and then a slew of nude-y pinks and peaches. Clearly the Kardashian-Jenner clan was really feeling these trends because, well, Kylie Jenner has already rocked just about every hue I've mentioned. I mean the girl also started her own lip kit line — probably just to have countless options on hand at all times. #Smart
But back to the inspo behind this story — the pros and glam squadders that dream up what the beauty world will be obsessed with each season. We consulted some of the industry's biggest names like Gita Bass (who helps Selena Gomez, Emily Ratajkowski, and Allison Williams get flawless), Joey Maalouf (Rachel's Zoe's BFF who works on Kendall and Kylie, Cara Santana, Ashley Greene, and virtually every other It girl in H-wood), and Sir John (ahem, Beyoncé).
Scroll through their top picks for what's in for Fall 2016:
1. Overtly Opaque
"Going opaque takes lips beyond enhancing, to being graphic art statements," says Artis Founder, Matthew Waitesmith. "The lips look almost separated from the face, as though they are cut out and pasted onto the face. This results in a very strong statement about color blocking, which is what many celebrities are expressing for fall. To make this trend work, you need to choose a lip product that has a high amount of pigment load in the formula. This will help you achieve a solid layer of color that will block out any underlying skin color. The finish doesn't really matter — it can be matte or glossy, but we see more matte versions of this technique."
2. Slick & Berry-Licious Lips
“These lips will be everywhere this season," says Samantha Manuzak, Ulta Beauty Celebrity Makeup Artist. "To break up the appearance of solid lips, drag down short vertical lines from your liner toward your mouth. Use your finger to smudge the lines downward toward your mouth until they disappear for a blended soft look. Don’t forget to finish with your favorite stain or gloss. Also, a pro tip is to use a lip liner that is pink with a purple undertone to establish depth and a nice base. If the color is too light, you will lose your lip line in your complexion."
3. Peachy Keen Lips
"This is probably my favorite, given its ease of application and superb pairing with sultry and sexy eyes loaded with mascara and liner," says Jose Rivera, Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Master. "Shows such as Balmain, Mugler, and Prabal Gurung all showcased peach personified, and a quintessential nude lip in peach has been a hallmark of many red carpet appearances this season, including Queen Bey herself."
4. The Glossy Vinyl Lip
"This strict dark lip is inspired by strong women and '70's decadence," says M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist, Caroline Hernandez. Wear M∙A∙C High Drama Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour with M∙A∙C’s Lip Pencil in Nightmoth or Currant to create the perfect shape, then using a lip brush carefully gloss this lip up using M∙A∙C Clear Lipglass. Look to the divine lip at Gareth Pugh for inspiration."
5. Barely-There Nudes With a Slight Sheen
"As seen at New York Fashion Week, there was no in between when it came to lips," says Japonesque Celebrity Makeup Artist Shawn Fisher. "It was either barely-there nudes with a slight sheen, or a dark bold lip." The bare minimalist look has been popular with fashion MUAs, which is a breath of fresh air considering all the heavy contouring "Bratz Doll"-like makeup that has been taking over social media."
6. Gothic Glam Lips
“I'm absolutely loving the richer lip colors trending for fall," says Simple Advisory Board member and Celebrity Makeup Artist, Gita Bass. "We're seeing deeper plums, matte reds, burgundies, '90s brick shades and what I like to call, "gothic power" lips. To pull off lips like these, they need to be perfect, but not too perfect. This means lips that are even, but not over-lined, which can look harsh and dated. To start, lips need to be hydrated and flake free. Gently rub your lips with a Simple Skincare Exfoliating Facial Wipe to remove any dead skin, then apply some lip balm and color straight from the tube, perfecting the edges with a lip brush. To keep the color in place, use a lip liner using short strokes for a softer line. To fix any mistakes, gently rub them with a Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipe, which will instantly remove the smudge without leaving any greasy residue. If your lipstick is still bleeding outside the lines, try tracing your lips with a clear wax pencil — Make Up For Ever makes a great one and blend softly with a Q-tip.”
7. Rose-y Nude Lips
"Rose-y nude and glossy is the new matte liquid lip," says Joey Maalouf, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Co-Founder of ISH. "Just check Gigi Hadid's Instagram! I'm loving Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Kiss Me. High-impact color with the perfect amount of shine."
8. Power Reds
"Red lipstick should not be considered a trend, but a staple for fall," says Natalie Soto-Carlisle, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Global Educator for Jane Iredale. "The signature lip shade choice for Adele, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani and many other glamourous Hollywood starlets was also seen on the couture runway in Paris for Elie Saab. Summer has always been associated with effortless beauty looks, while fall makeup makes a statement. A classic cherry red with a semi-matte finish is a must-have item to glam up every woman’s makeup wardrobe this season."
9. '90s Brown Lips
"The color palette for lips this Fall is definitely going to be that cool-girl, '90s brown," says Sir John, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist. "The whole ombré lip is also big. L’Oréal Paris just launched the Colour Riche Lip Palette which is super cool. You can do the whole look straight from there with different shades of nudes, plums or pinks depending on which you use.
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