How to Pull Off the Smudged Lipstick Trend

A blurred-out lip look is taking over as the latest effortless beauty trend.

This carefully undone look appears as though you have just been kissed, or like maybe you just ate a popsicle…either way, the key word is carefully – it requires a little bit of technique to pull it off.

The smudged lipstick trend differs from “Lollipop Lips” in that the makeup stays within the natural outline of your lips. No lip liners are used in this look, so if you are a fan of overdrawing your lips, this trend may not be for you.

I personally love this with soft pinks and nudes because it looks romantic, lived in, and carefree. On the opposite end, it also looks really amazing with a fiery red or vampy purple colour. With darker colours it has an undoubtedly editorial look, but it does  give fall hues a softness that makes them easier to wear in summer months.

I think that the best way to pull off this look is to have really fresh makeup consisting of bright under eyes, dewy skin, groomed brows, and a flush of colour on the cheeks. I have been wearing this daily with a shade that is slightly darker than my natural lip shade.

Choose two colours in the same family where one is slightly darker than the other. The lighter shade acts and the base and the darker is applied with concentration on the inner portion of the lips.

What you’ll need:

Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint ($24)
Shade: Birthday Suit

The formula of this lip product is rich in pigment and has a whipped texture. It is super matte, but never dries down completely so it doesn’t sit into the creases of your lips. It looks smooth and beautiful.

Maybelline Creamy Mattes Lipstick ($10)
Shade: Touch of Spice

This lipstick is long lasting and has a really nice mix of red in the nude lipstick. It is very easy to blend out which makes it perfect for this look.

Get the look:


I have included this before just so you can see how pale my natural lip shade is. I always like to prep my lips for colour by putting on lip balm before I do the rest of my makeup.

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Apply Birthday Suit by Tarte in dots across your lips and blend it out with your finger. Too much product will make it messy to blend out – less is more. Take a tissue and blot the colour to leave it looking more like a stain.

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Add Touch of Spice by Maybelline to the inner edges of your lips. Using your ring finger, push the product outwards towards the edges of your lips to create a gradient effect. The colour should be more saturated on the inside of the lip.

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I think that the best part of this look is that it is so easy to do on the go, and you don’t have to worry about ruining your lipstick when you are out eating and drinking with friends.

Check out my “Smudged Lip” Pinterest board here.











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