TREND:
Matching Lips & Tips

A certain beauty trend has made its way back onto the runways, and I couldn’t be more excited. The it-trend of the moment… matching your nails and your lip color!

Introduced in the early 1950s as a sign of sophistication among women, neatly manicured red nails and a matching red lip were not only coveted then, but it’s now one of the hottest trends this season. Too matchy-matchy, you say? We think not. On the runway, matching lips and tips have proven that such sophistication never dies.

Left: Jason Wu Spring 2012, Top right: Zac Posen Fall 2012, Bottom right: MAC Fashion Sets.

Diane Kendal for MAC Cosmetics featured a bright coral lip and tip at Jason Wu’s Spring 2012 show, while at Zac Posen’s Fall 2012 show, Kabuki for MAC Cosmetics sent out models in a classic red lip and tip. MAC Makeup Artist Keri Blair tells us, “The way to sell a woman a lipstick, is with her nail polish.” We couldn’t agree more. To help with our lip and tip coordination, MAC has launched their Fashion Sets collection of matching Lipstick, Lipglass, and Nail Lacquer in seven colors, including Myth Lipstick and Lipglass (light nude), Snob Lipstick and Lipglass (light pink), Spice Lipstick and Lipglass (medium nude), Girl About Town Lipstick and Lipglass (bright fuchsia), Russian Red Lipstick and Lipglass (classic red), Rebel Lipstick and Lipglass (deep plum), and Chestnut Lipstick and Lipglass (chocolate brown).

Top left to right: Myth, Snob, Spice. Bottom left to right: Girl About Town, Russian Red, Rebel, and Chestnut.

butter LONDON has also come out with a matching lip and tip collection with five colors including, Yummy Mummy Lippy and Nail Polish (medium beige), Trout Pout Lippy and Nail Polish (coral pink, love!), Snog Lippy and Nail Polish (hot pink), Primrose Hill Picnic Lippy and Nail Polish (fuchsia pink), and Teddy Girl Lippy and Nail Polish (bubblegum pink). Staying true to their roots, butter LONDON products are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens, and as a fun fact, they are the first company to sell non-toxic nail lacquer in the United States. Score!

Top left to right: Yummy Mummy, Trout Pout, Snog. Bottom left to right: Primrose Hill Picnic, Teddy Girl. 

NARS Cosmetics’ take on matching lips and tips includes three colors, including Schiap Lipstick and Nail Polish (hot pink), Jungle Red Lipstick and Nail Polish (bright red), and Orgasm Lip Gloss and Nail Polish (peachy pink). So easy, no?
Top: Orgasm. Bottom left to right: Schiap, Jungle Red.

Now, if you’re feeling adventurous and even creative, perhaps hop on the trend wagon with your own matching lips and tips sans the aid of MAC, butter LONDON or NARS? We’ll get you started: Dior Rouge Lipstick in Ara Red and matching Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Red Royalty, is the epitome of refined sophistication. Lastly, Dolce & Gabbana has two great colors that are on trend: The Lip Gloss in Innocence (my personal favorite), and The Nail Lacquer in Rose Petal for the perfect pink and The Lip Gloss in Pink Diamond, and The Nail Lacquer in Lilac, for a summer-y purple hue. A great runway example of matching hues sans collections, is Donna Karan Spring 2012. MAC Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury sent out models with deep plum lips to match their Deborah Lippmann chocolate brown tips.

Left to right: Dior Rouge Lipstick in Ara Red and Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Red Royalty, Dolce & Gabbana The Lip Gloss in Innocence and The Nail Lacquer in Rose Petal, Dolce & Gabbana The Lip Gloss in Pink Diamond and The Nail Lacquer in Lilcac, Donna Karan Spring 2012.

So, will you be matching your lips and tips for a flare of 50s glamor?

 *this article was researched and written by my lovely intern Sara Ng, who has a deep obsession for all things nail related.
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2 Comments

  1. YES! I’m so glad this is a “thing” now. I’ve never really matched my lips to my nails just because I tend to choose very bright polish colors like orange and yellow and blue. But I like matching my lip gloss to my cheeks a la Benefits new lip glosses that correspond to their boxed blushes

  2. Karina
    June 30, 2012

    Totally love this! The Rebel color from Mac rocks!!!

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