Spring 2010 runway looks: Patent leather red lips at Prada (left), sot pink at Tuleh (center) and nude lips at Donna Karan (right). Photos: AFP/Getty Images |Thomas Concordia/WireImage.com | Randy Brooke/WireImage.com
Spring clothing trends flourished during fashion week, but what we really couldn't take our eyes off were the lips -- from soft and barely there to blazing, patent leather red -- kissing the runways.
To get to the bottom of what we should be painting on our pouts for Spring and Summer 2010, we sought advice from The Daily 10's
makeup department head Lisa Zimmitti (who is behind Catt Sadler's fabulously-done makeup), makeup artist and photo shoot maven Emily Kate Warren, and makeup artist Richard Class.
"The major trends are flesh tone lips, hints of pink and we are also seeing that the reds are staying around," says Zimmitti, who looked to fashion shows like Proenza Schouler
, Chanel, Marc Jacobs
, Versace and Donna Karan
for major direction.
From flesh tones and to soft berries to siren reds, read on for the shades on everyone's lips.
Flesh tone lips
Lancome La Laque Fever LipShine in Lucent Nude. Courtesy Photo
: Less is more when it comes to lips this season. But application is key. "A great tip for nude lips is to buff dead skin off using a dry tissue to rub vigorously over pre-lip balmed lips," says Warren. "Then, swipe on a fresh coat of balm, and touch the lipstick directly to your lips, and press your lips together to roll the color out toward the edges, this way they aren't perfectly lined." Try: M.A.C. Liberty of London Lip Glass in Frankly Fresh
Soft washes of color
: A barely there blush -- on the lips -- is a fresh and current look for spring. Zimmitti suggests approaching the look simply by just blending your lip liner out into the center of your lips, making sure the color is soft and even. To score the look with lipstick, she recommends using a lip primer so the lipstick stays on and looks smooth. And for the rest of the face, make sure you don't overdo it just because lips are soft. "It's not time for tan skin, so keep your makeup fresh with light coverage foundation and a pop of pink blush," she says. "Also, go for lots of mascara; you can never skimp on full lashes!" Try: Lancome La Laque Fever LipShine in Lucent Nude
Purposeful nude colors
: "I saw lots of 'purposeful' nude colors on the runways for Spring," says Warren. "It doesn't just look like you're not wearing lipstick, it looks like you are wearing a tone lighter than your lips and/or neutral shades on lips." Warren said this look pairs perfectly with a heavy eye (like big lashes, strong colors or intense liner) or just to complete an overall "natural" look.
Sheens Over Shimmers
M.A.C. Matte Lipstick in Russian Red (left) and Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (right). Courtesy Photos
: Gloss is still in, but it's not the sparkly kind we've been accustomed to for the past few seasons. "You're going to do matte or gloss lipstick, we're not seeing a whole lot of shimmer, but more of a sheen this spring," Zimmitti says. Try: Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pixel
If nude is not in your repertoire of trends you plan to try, no worries. Cranberry and Raspberry tones are just as hot, but instead of going bright look for more subdued tones. "It will be a very soft and light berry color, almost like you have been drinking wine," says Class. "Just a gorgeous wash of slight color, nothing heavy." Try: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
: Last but not least, if you're going to go for red, go all out. Zimmitti said red also had some face time on the runways, at trend setting shows like Prada. Try: M.A.C. Matte Lipstick in Russian Red
Now that you know the trends, click through the gallery below to find the best lipstick for your skin tone.
Beauty Basics: Your Best Lipstick Shade
If you're like most women, you're constantly on the prowl for the perfect shade of lipstick. Click through to solve the your lip color conundrum once and for all, and discover the best shades for your skin tone.
If you're like most women, you're constantly on the prowl for the perfect lip color. You'll find a new favorite shade and wear it nonstop for 2 days, after which it'll join the graveyard of semi-used lipsticks at the bottom of your purse.
How to avoid this vicious buy and retire cycle? Find the right lipstick shade for daily use. Every skin tone has their perfect color – the one that subtly brightens your skin tone and makes your eyes sparkle. We're not saying you can't have fun with the season's must-have shade; think of this more about your old faithful – the lipstick shade you can rely on day in and day out. Read on for tips from makeup expert Carmindy, star of TLC's What Not To Wear, on finding the perfect shade of lipstick for dark, medium and light skin tones.
Finding Your Shade
For everyday use, you want a lipstick that looks like your lips, only a little more colorful. "It should mimic your natural lip color, but take it just a step above," says Carmindy.
Darker Skin Tones
As you can see here, the right shade of lipstick brings out the yellow undertones in darker skin, helping your complexion look brighter. It also picks up the whites of the eyes, making your eye color appear more intense.
Darker Skin Tones - Your Lipstick Shade
Carmindy recommends choosing a daily lipstick with a little bit of color. "You want more pigment than a nude shade, which will just disappear on your skin," she says. Use a terracotta color, shown here, for a natural look that bumps up your lip color, while appearing natural, smooth and creamy.
Darker Skin Tones - Lipstick Application
Choose a sheer, glossy formula and use a lip brush for an extra light application. You can layer on more color as you need it for extra brightness.
Darker Skin Tones - Final Look
Terracotta lipstick brightens up darker skin tones; layer it on light for day, and darker for night, to make your skin glow.
Medium Skin Tones
As you can see, the right lipstick tone on medium skin brightens the complexion and makes the eyes look more vibrant.
Medium Skin Tones - Your Lipstick Shade
"On medium skin tones, I like to go with berry shades," says Carmindy. "A berry shade will play into your natural lip color, but take it up a level."
Medium Skin Tones - Final Look
Berry lipstick brightens up medium skin tones; layer it on light for day, and darker for night, to make your skin glow.
Lighter Skin Tones
Women with lighter skin tones tend to have paler lips, which can get lost without the right tone of lipstick. A subtle hint of pink will bring them out, while warming up your complexion and brightening your eye color.