10 Awesome Metallic Lipsticks (And How to Wear Them), Because Matte Lippy is SO 2014


Metallic lipsticks have been popping up in editorials, runway looks, blogs, and makeup stores more and more lately. If there was ever a time to get in on this trend, it's now. After all, winter is the perfect time to pair a dark, metallic lipstick with a cozy sweater and leather leggings.

If you're feeling a little hesitant, however, that's understandable. It's a bold look that can seem intimidating. It's truly not that hard to pull off, though. A few tips: keep the rest of your makeup clean and minimal, such as mascara and just a small amount of black liquid eyeliner, and maybe some subtle bronzer under the cheekbones; make sure the line of your lipstick is impeccably neat (lipliner is definitely our friend); and steer away from adding any metallic eyeshadow or shimmery blush. The focus should be on your lips. Everything else is up to you — whether you opt for sleek, minimal hair or wild curls, or if you prefer to pair your metallic lips with matte foundation or a dewy skin look. Experiment with it!

Now here are 10 awesome products that you can use to get the metallic lips of your dreams.

A Brush for Perfect Application

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar is a great choice because they’re vegan and cruelty-free, they pack a powerful punch of matte color, and they last all day. Best of all, every Lip Tar comes with a small brush that you use to apply it. This helps with precise application, which is exactly what you want when trying to pull off a tricky lipstick shade.

OCC Lip Tar-Metallic in Black Metal Dahlia, $18, Sephora

Ease in With a Gloss

If you’re just dipping your toes into the scary world of metallic lips, start out with a gloss. You can build the shade up as much as you want, or put it on top of a matte lipstick. This Stila gloss comes in six metallic shades.

Stila Magnificent Metals Lip Gloss in Garnet, $16, Stila Cosmetics

Try a Nude Metallic

Yes, metallic nudes exist! It’s another great way to ease into the bold trend.

Lipstick Queen Metallic Lipstick in Nude, $21, Amazon

Metallics Can Be Moisturizing

This Lancome lipstick is full of soothing ingredients, so no need to worry about that gritty feeling. The line includes two gorgeous metallic shades: Fashion Icon (pictured) and Ooh La La!

Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Fashion Icon, $30, Amazon

If You're On A Budget

This drugstore lipstick come in 12 amazing metallic shades, and it’s only $6! Wrath is a deliciously grungy, ’90s copper shade.

NYX Wicked Lippie in Wrath, $8, Amazon

Try Metallic Orange

This lipstick contains rose wax and jojoba oil for a moisturizing experience. Plus, the bold, shimmering orange hue is to die for.

Lush Liquid Lipstick in Vibrance, $19, Lush USA

For Rockstar Lips

This badass lipstick lasts for 10 hours, and has six metallic and/or sparkling shades: Adora (metallic golden red), Lullabye (sparkling magenta), Wonderchilde (sparkling lilac), Wolvesmouth (metallic berry), Poe (shimmering navy), Thin Lizzy (sparkling copper), and Gothica (sparkling bronze, pictured).

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick, $21, Amazon

Support Indie Brands

Portland Black Lipstick Company has tons of interesting lipstick shades for under $20. Their Perfect Foil Lipstick is the ideal frosty lip color for a Snow Queen look.

Perfect Foil Lipstick, $12, Portland Black Lipstick Co.

Try the DIY Route

If you don’t want to be limited, you can create so many different combinations of lipstick color and metallic shade by layering loose shadows or glitter on top of regular lipstick. OCC Loose Colour Concentrates is perfect for this. Simply use a small brush and a clear gloss to apply the metallic layer over your lipstick.

OCC Loose Colour Concentrates (pictured is Warm Metallic Beige), $14, Nordstrom

Buy A Handy Kit

If you don’t want to try your hand at DIY metallic lips, this kit is a great alternative. It contains a Glitz Grip Sealer, which you apply to your lips first, and glitter with an applicator. Just apply the glitter over any lip color you desire for metallic lips. The possibilities are endless.

Ciate Glitz Fix, $19, Sephora