The 2000s saw bright pink blush, thin eyebrows and glossy lips on the red carpet, while 2010 was the beginning of over-lined lips in matte finishes in neutral brown tones. At present, we’re giving dewy skin and dazzling eyes their due. But throughout all these red carpet moments, an element that popped up time and again and made heads turn is an unconventional pout.
The shock value that makes celebrities wear yellow, blue or green makeup and stand out amongst the crowd makes you look at them twice. In all honestly, I was most surprised to have not found a single white lip on the roster! While these looks might not be for everyone, they might push you to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with your lip palettes.
The key is to take small steps in the direction of a burst of colour but if you’re not afraid to go all out, here is some inspiration-
Gigi Hadid’s Black Lips For The Fenty X Puma Show
Pat McGrath’s artistry on Gigi Hadid while she walked for Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show was quite striking, to say the least. The dark black lip paired well with clean skin and glossy eyes, making for a more wearable runway look. The model’s blonde locks were slicked back with white paint for a rather monochromatic guise.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Purple Lips For The 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Pulling off such a bold colour on the lips might be challenging for a common makeup girlie. But at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya went all out. For her eyes, however, she went the smokey route, the contrast that made it to the unique look list.
If you’re looking to replicate this look, the M.A.C Matte Lipstick in the shade Heroine is a wearable alternative.
Naomi Campbell’s Red Glitter Lips For The 2016 MTV VMAs
The iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell is known for her runway and red-carpet looks. And at the 2016 MTV VMAs, makeup artist Pat McGrath gave the model her signature dewy skin but steered away from the expected nude lip. Instead, she used her Lust 004 Lipstick Kit in the shade Vermillion Venom to create a dazzling pout. The kit includes a matte lipstick, a vinyl lip gloss and a microfine glitter pot–all in this stunning cool-toned shade of red. Evidently, this look did not disappoint.
Jennifer Lopez’s Yellow Lips For Her Live It Up Music Video
Jennifer Lopez’s momentary yellow lip from her Live It Up music video stuck with me ever since I first saw it some ten years ago. The extremely unconventional lemon lip was paired with a sultry smoky eye in shades of bronze and finished with silver highlighter on the inner corner of her eyes. Lopez’s brows were left feathery, and her hair gelled back–probably to keep all eyes on the chosen hue.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Blue Lips For The Star Wars Premiere
A star that can never go wrong with her makeup looks, Lupita Nyong’o wore electric blue lips and green eyes at the Star Wars Movie Premiere. Her eyes were accentuated with silver and blue eyeshadow, but her lips had everyone’s attention. Not only was the shade distinctive, it made even more of a statement because of its metallic shine.
Rihanna’s Green Metallic Lips At The iHeartRadio Awards
Rihanna’s fearless experimentation with makeup has influenced countless makeup trends. Her makeup brand Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick range has a number of unconventional lip colours ranging from your everyday neutrals to some fun blues, greens and oranges.
Take, for example, her look for the iHeartRadio Awards. Her base was kept natural with a soft contour that added dimension to her face, and her eyes had a jet-black wing with long, voluminous lashes. Although she could’ve left it at that and looked absolutely stunning, her love for colour made her choose a deep green metallic lip.
Rihanna’s Silver Lips For The 2018 Met Gala Afterparty
Another one from her look-book, Rihanna’s silver lips at the 2018 Met Gala afterparty were a standout feature. Be it her signature vampy red or this grungy gunmetal pout, she effortlessly pulls off everything unconventional.