It’s intergalactic, petroleum-inspired and involves copious amounts of glitter and shine. This is a lip colour trend that not only ticks spring/summer and next autumn/winter’s fashion week trends, but is now slicing its way through Instagram as the next big look for this year’s sunny season. Introducing Oil Slick Lips, take note, we’re predicting very big things.
Models strutting for Maison Margiela at Autumn/Winter ’18 fashion week brought this look to beauty-lovers attention. Created by make-up connoisseur and altogether beauty queen of the world, Pat McGrath, the overall make-up vibe was a simple, no-make-up look with dewy skin, eyelids and flawless complexions. Juxtaposing this, the lips were the star of the show as she created a perfectly crafted, oil spill-esque finish with glitter, applied to perfection.
Although coined “oil slick’, there’s nothing accidental about this lip trend. Using petrol blues, deep purples, emeralds and metallic of all shades, Pat created several runway looks in this realm, which were all finished with a hefty layer of dazzling glitter. If you can’t see this look all over Coachella this year, you must have missed a trick.
As you can imagine, this is one look that won’t be slipping through the net when it comes to the make-up creatives on social media. Versions of the look are already beginning to trickle down, with some opting for all-out petrol vibes and some sticking to higher levels of glitter – all of which are festival inspiration to a tee.
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This aspiring MUA has kept the oil/petrol theme close by. Lining heavily (to contain all that oil), she’s blended greens, blues and finished with gold to ensure she’s crafted that cosmic finish in her look.
Obviously a serious fan of oil slick vibes, this lip design brings in the strong emerad and blue shades to create this gorgeous effect. Keeping colours overtly petrol-ish, the look is slightly more blended that Pat McGrath’s version, and is finished with a shimmering shine, rather than all-out glitter. Possibly a more wearable version of the trend.
This MUA incorporates some pinks into the look, letting the inner lip return almost to natural. We’re completely obsessed with the bold, blue liner used here. Finished with a gloss this time, the result is an impeccably eye-catching shine.
Teetering on the fine line between trends, this lip design takes elements of the petrol lip trend and blends it with the colours of the oil slick lip trend to create this jaw-dropping design. Complete with a high gloss finish, we love the juxtaposition of the contrasting colours in this one.
With a whole new outlook on oil-slick, this look remains eerily alien, whilst pretty and ethereal. Built up using shimmering eyeshadows and covered in a thick layer of gloss, this look is festival ready for 2018.
With a name like oil slick, this trend might be confused as gloopy or unpolished. However, the MUA’s out there giving it a go are creating the most perfectly finished results. It’s all about an underlayer of glimmer, sparkle or glitter, coated with super-thick and expertly applied gloss, giving us an interstellar, astronomical make-up trend, that we predict will be huge for this summer.
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