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Lip Contouring Is Back in a Big Way Thanks to TikTok

Time to try it out for yourself.




Bolder is better, once again, when it comes to lips in 2023. Though it often feels like a generously lined pucker never went away, this time, it’s not just about injectables and lip pencils getting the job done—it’s all about lip contouring, which is yet another aughts trend making a comeback.

“I think people are looking for ways to enhance their lips without fillers, or if they have them, ways to make them look fuller and more natural,” says J. Brandon Correa, National Makeup Artist, YSL Beauté. Lip contouring is proof of the magic that makeup can deliver. 

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“Lips have made a comeback post-pandemic,” says Talia CichAnastasia Beverly Hills Pro Artist. “Lips have always been a feature that everyone can easily play up or be part of their signature look, so now that we are wearing makeup again, it’s all about lips! Viral lip trends are everywhere, making it fun to try new looks or techniques to achieve your perfect pout. Trends have also been very ’90s-inspired, and now we are seeing a modern approach to that look.”

Read on for everything you need to know about the lip contouring revival, plus how to DIY.


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What is Lip Contouring?

In case you didn’t get the memo the first time, lip contouring is a makeup technique that enhances the fullness of the lips. “It’s the use of light and dark shades to create a fuller-looking effect,” Cich says. “Lip contouring can also help to correct lip shape (like unbalanced or downturned) or create a specific lip shape (like round or sharp).”


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How to Contour Your Lips

First, start by prepping your lips. Exfoliating and hydrating help to create a smooth base for application and long wear. Cich recommends the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Primer ($16) for nourishing hydration. Next, create a blank canvas by applying a thin layer of concealer—her go-to is Magic Touch Concealer ($29) —in a shade close to your skin tone.

“This helps create a smooth blend and color payoff,” Cich says. “Now, it’s time to create fullness. My favorite product to use is cream bronzer—it glides on with ease, blends seamlessly, and has the perfect shade range for lip contouring. Choose a shade two to three shades deeper than your skin tone (depending on your preference).” 

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Next, apply bronzer—Cich recommends this Cream Bronzer ($35)—around the perimeter of the lips using a small flat brush. She also loves the A2 Pro Brush ($18) because it hugs the lip shape and stays precise. For a fuller-looking pout, overline above the cupid’s bow and across the center of the bottom lip.

“This accentuates the center of the lips for a pouty look,” Cich says. “Keep the corners closer to your natural lip line. Don’t worry about being perfect. It’s a cream product that easily blends and has buildable intensity.” Gently blend the edges of the contour with a beauty sponge or brush. Set it with powder for an extra long-lasting effect. Next, line and define lips using lip liner. Slightly line above your natural lip line to create volume or focus exactly where you want more fullness. Use the side of the pencil to shade inward from the corners.

For a more pronounced cupid’s bow, draw an “X” with the liner. For next-level contour, you can use a deeper shade of lip liner in the corners. Now, you can fill your lips with lipstick in a shade that best fits your look. For a contoured look, try using a deeper shade of lip liner and a lighter shade of lipstick. 

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The use of light and dark helps to create volume. Apply lipstick to the center of the lip and blend the edges. “For even more pout, you can highlight the center of the lip with Magic Touch Concealer,” Cich says. “I also like to add highlighter to the cupid’s bow to accentuate the lips even more. Finish by applying a lip gloss to the center of the lip for high shine that is the perfect finishing touch for creating fuller-looking lips.” 

Short on time? Try a quicker lip contour. Correa suggests using a lip pencil (or his favorite hack: a deeper matte lipstick such as YSL Beauté Slim Velvet, $45) and filling in the counter corners of the lip, top and bottom, leaving the center of the lip open. “Now, apply a lighter shade of lipstick that has a soft shine or gloss—such as Candy Glaze ($39) or Rouge Volupte Shine ($43)—directly on top, starting in the center,” he says. “This will blend the deeper shade and create a beautiful contour.” 

Lip Contouring Mistakes to Avoid

For a flawless finish, keep a few common mishaps in mind. A major one is not blending enough since you want the shadow to look natural, like it blends into the skin. “Also, blend the lip liner, so it doesn’t look too intense in contrast to the lipstick,” Cich says. “Another mistake could be choosing the right shade that is most flattering on you. Choose a shade that best compliments your skin tone (not too cool or warm) and a shade that is your ideal depth of shade (light to dark). If you like a more natural look, opt for a lighter shade. If you like a little more drama, bump up a shade.”

Just be sure not to go too deep with your hue! “The idea is to mimic shadows on the lips, and if you go too dark, it can get muddled and messy,” Correa says. “For a soft natural look, select lips shades that are about one to two shades apart from each other. For more of a dramatic, bold statement, select shades that are three to four shades apart.” 

One more thing: Don’t go too shiny or flat. “Juxtaposing texture in this technique is important—if you use all matte or all shine, you will lose dimension,” Correa says.

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14 Studded French Manicures Trending for Spring

Instagram and TikTok are home to dozens of trending nail art ideas, and one of the most popular looks these days is none other than the studded French manicure.





It’s exactly as it sounds: A French manicure with stud accents, which come in many forms—from rhinestones to pearls to sequins and more. If you love to shake up a classic French mani and are looking to go even bolder than a new color or design variation, adding bling like this is the solution you’ll want to try ASAP. Ahead, find 14 studded French manicure ideas to help inspire your next nail look.

While many studded French manicures feature rhinestones or pearls, this beauty shakes things up with heart-shaped gems in coordinating colors with the tips. To sum it up: We’re obsessed.

Whether you’re looking for a festive nail look fit for a specific occasion or simply love the color green, this glittery studded French mani will make you swoon. We adore the different sizes of nail gems, which give the design an especially whimsical appeal.

Iridescent nails are trending on social media, which makes these shimmery, cool-toned studded French tips that much more of a must. Swapping your go-to clear or neutral base for the reflective shade creates a brand-new look that will have everyone doing double-takes.

This metallic gold studded French mani is a stunning option for the astrology-obsessed, chrome lovers, and anyone who wants their nails to have main character energy. This mani is so pretty, we’d happily wear it year-round.

Love the idea of incorporating color into your mani but want to maintain classic French tips? Opt for colorful studs instead for a bejeweled moment that instantly sparks joy.

6. Studded Glitter French Tips

How gorgeous are these glittery silver French tips? The stars and gemstones here take the look over the top for what we’re dubbing the ultimate party mani.

7. Pearl Studded French Tips

Another way to rock studded nails is with pearls, which pair beautifully here with silver French tips. To recreate the look, start with the Lights Lacquer Nail Polish ($11) in the shade Adaline for the base. Then, use a silver polish of your choice to perfect your tips. (The Orly Half Moon Guides, $6, will help.) To complete the look, use the Lights Lacquer 3D Pearl Nail Stickers ($7).

8. Chrome Studs

Considering the popularity of chrome nails right now, this studded French manicure stands out for all the right reasons. To recreate the look, use OPI’s Nail Lacquer in the shades Bare My Soul ($14) and Onyx Skies ($12). Complete the look with chrome studs, like the ones in the Artquee 660-Piece Clear Black Sparkly Bling Nail Art Kit ($9).

9. Black Studded French Mani

For a cosmic take on the studded French manicure trend, consider working with a black, white, and gold palette for your nails. Instead of white French tips, confine the light color to pearl studs.

10. Star Studded French Tips

It’s more than possible create the appearance of a studded nail look without rhinestones or pearls. The trick is to have some kind of accent that adds a touch of texture and depth. Here, nail artist Melanie Graves used Pleasing’s Nail Polish ($20) in Perfect Pearl and Pearly Tops with star sequins to complete the look.

11. Wavy Studded French Tips

Into the idea of trying out the studded French manicure trend, but prefer more of a mismatched nail look? This abstract wavy French manicure will be an instant hit. Plus, that silver glitter polish used for the design is absolutely stunning.

12. Ballerina Pink Studded French Mani

Balletcore is still going strong on TikTok, which means this ballerina pink studded French manicure is an obvious choice. For a similar look, use Essie’s Nail Polish ($10) in the much-beloved Ballet Slippers shade as the base, and Sugar Daddy for the tips.

13. Negative Space Studded French Mani

While most studded French manis have the same base design, this one switches things up with an added negative space element at the cuticle—and we’re here for it.

14. Studded Gemstone French Mani

From the almond shape and classic palette to the mix of clear and holographic gemstones, there’s so much to love about this studded French mani.

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Eva Longoria’s Oscars Makeup Included a $12 Mascara That Makes Lashes Look “Long and Separated,” Shoppers Say

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The 2023 Oscars may be over, but I can’t stop thinking about the looks that graced this year’s champagne carpet. One of the best-dressed stars IMHO? Eva Longoria. The actress wore a plunging, embellished Zuhair Murad gown, which was complemented by her sleek and smokey makeup. Longoria’s entire look was done with customer-loved L’Oreal Paris products, including this viral mascara that’s on sale for just $12 at Amazon. 

L’Oreal’s Telescopic Lift Mascara was the finishing touch to Longoria’s dramatic cat-eye makeup. The product’s innovative brush has two kinds of bristles; one side lifts the lashes and loads on the product, while the other combs out and separates the lashes, together adding up to 5 millimeters of length, according to the brand. Plus, thanks to its ceramide-infused formula, the mascara lasts up to 36 hours and protects the lashes from damage. The washable, red carpet-worthy product is available on Amazon in three deep shades.


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Longoria has been a L’Oreal ambassador for nearly 20 years, so it’s no surprise her Oscars glam was done with the brand’s best-selling products. “Usually when we do a red carpet look, the dress determines the hair and makeup,” Longoria’s makeup artist Elan Bongiorno said in a press release. “This look was no different. We wanted something really modern to match.” And, since the actress went with slicked-back hair, “it had to be about the eyes,” Bongiorno said. The result was “a beautiful, modern cat-eye – not too thick or overwhelming. A nod to Sofia Loren and Old Hollywood, but with a modern twist.” If you’re looking to recreate Longoria’s look at home, the Telescopic mascara is the place to start. 

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Not only is the product celebrity- and makeup-artist-approved, Amazon shoppers are big fans, too. One 65-year-old reviewer said it’s “the absolute best mascara [they] have ever used,” going on to say it lengthens and lifts the lashes as promised. A different customer said the product makes their eyelashes “look long and separated without clumping,” adding that they “wear it to the gym and even in the sauna,” but the mascara “stays put” all day long. Another shopper confirmed, saying the product “doesn’t flake or smudge.” 

Shop the L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Lift Mascara while it’s still on sale for just $12 at Amazon. And, to recreate her entire Oscars look, shop Longoria’s other discounted L’Oreal picks, below, starting at $9. 


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The ’90s Supermodel Bob Is the Secret to Instant Volume



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Over the last few years, It-girl style trends from the 1990s and early aughts—pleated skirtsclaw clipsfanny packs—have come back from the dead. While some beauty fads are best left in the past, others are worth welcoming back into your life with open arms.

One such trend: The chic ’90s supermodel bob, which celebrities have proved to be back in fashion. In fact, Jenna Ortega and Zendaya wore modern versions of the cut at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, respectively, says Jerome Lordet, the director of Pierre Michel Salon in New York City. 

To help you achieve the up-and-coming look, we tapped Lordet to break down what the cut entails, how to ask for it at the salon, and style tips to keep it looking fresh and voluminous at home. 

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What Is the ’90s Supermodel Bob?

The foundation of the ‘90s supermodel bob is, as the name suggests, a bob cut. Your hair will be cut to about chin-length, says Lordet, but it’s also popular nowadays to keep it a bit longer. Hairstylist Larry King, for example, gave his client a collarbone-length cut in his viral TikTok on the look.

What makes this bob reminiscent of the viral ’90s supermodel blowout are it’s flicky layers—especially on the back of the head—and incredible volume and movement. Bangs may also be part of the cut, but there aren’t any set-in-stone rules for the type of fringe: You can opt for blunt bangs that sweep over your eyebrows or curtain bangs that frame your face (which King shows in his video), says Lordet. That said, bangs are by no means a requirement, he adds.

Regardless of the length or amount of fringe, the result is low-maintenance, wash-and-wear hair that still looks glamorous, says Lordet. “It moves, it dances, it has that feeling of being free and less solid,” he adds.

What to Ask for

The good news: Today’s ‘90s supermodel bob works for most hair types, says Lordet, so don’t be afraid to ask your stylist to give you the chop. When it’s time for your appointment, bring photos of what you’re looking for in a bob cut—as well as examples of what you don’t want, Lordet suggests. This is the best method to ensure you and your stylist are on the same page and you don’t end up with a cut you regret. 

You’ll also want to have an idea of the length you’re leaning toward and if bangs are in the cards, says Lordet. Ultimately, though, you should collaborate with your stylist to find the best ‘90s bob cut for your features, hair texture, and hair-care routine (like how often you prefer to style and wash your hair).

For example, even if you love the blunt bangs and chin-length chop shown in your reference photo, it may not be the best style for your face shape or hair type. And, ideally, your stylist will work with you to draw up a solution that better matches your needs and still syncs with your wants. “Make sure that your hairstylist isn’t doing [your] hair for themselves, and they do [your] hair for you,” says Lordet.

How to Style a ‘90s Supermodel Bob

Since the ‘90s supermodel bob is so effortless, you’ll generally be able to wake up with ready-to-wear hair, says Lordet. But if you want to turn up the glamour, blow-dry it with a round brush to give your locks a bit of movement. “Blow dry your hair in every direction to loosen it up and make it messy,” he suggests. You’ll also want to focus on the roots, which will lift them up and give them that classic ’90s fullness, he adds.

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When working with wet hair, start by applying a volumizing hair mousse or mist. Then, blow dry it with a round brush—again focusing on the roots—for the look’s signature fluff and fullness, which King demonstrates in his video. To amp up the ‘90s vibe, curl your ends in with the round brush to add a “flicky movement to the hair,” King says in his clip.

Thanks to the lived-in look of the ‘90s bob cut, though, you’ll wake up looking like a supermodel time and time again—no styling required.

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