Velvet Lips Are The Hottest Makeup Look On Instagram | Clozette

Pucker up, ladies! We spotted a new, emerging makeup trend on Instagram and it's totally going to be the next big thing. Social media has always been a fertile breeding ground for popularising eccentric beauty looks and most of the time these trends are just too bizarre for everyday wear. However, velvet lips are definitely an exception. Sure, it's not your usual on-fleek pouty lips ala Kylie Jenner but it's got its own charm. Curious to know what it is? Keep reading to know what the buzz is about.

It's all about the stylish smudge

We've all heard about smudged eyeshadow but until now we didn't think it would also look good on lips. Imagine doing overlined lips but instead of sharp edges, you'll have to do soft smudges. Sounds complicated? Well, it's actually simpler than you think. But like any other intricate makeup look, you'll need a steady hand and superb hand-eye coordination. As always, practice makes perfect! And you better nail the look first at home before you decide to sport it in events or else people may start offering you tissues to wipe your smudged lippie. 

Here's the best way to get the look

One of the makeup gurus that does this well is Lenna Wang. Take a cue from her and use a pointed lip brush with a tapered edge to strategically smudge the outer edges of your lipstick. For this, you can also use a dense concealer brush if you have one. Here's a tip: apply your velvet lipstick thinly at first then just build up the colour on inner lip once you already perfected the outer smudging. This will create a nice and soft ombre look that's perfect for summer! 

What lip products to use

In its early days, velvet lips are achieved by mixing lip balm with creamy blush to create that unique semi-matte powdery finish. But now, various cosmetic brands have released all kinds of lip colour in velvet finishes. There's tint velvet, tube velvet and even glitter velvet. The popular ones include CLIO Mad Velvet Tint which is a liquid tint that comes in a variety of berry and coral shades. If you prefer the classic bullet, there's also the CLIO Rouge Heel Velvet which is basically a solid version of the Mad Velvet Tint variant.

Another brand that you should check out is Peripera and its Ink Airy Velvet line which provides a wider colour range and includes peachy browns and tangerine shades. 

Want to go for a little punch of colour and some gloss? Then choose to work with Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited. It's a lightweight lipstick so you can still easily smudge it strategically without any additional hassle. Pick a peachy pink, warm-toned colour like the CR324 or PK340 as these shades would look better for the smudged velvet lip look. Dark ones may appear too harsh when not blended out nicely so it's best to start with light, easy colours before moving on to the statement tones. 

(Cover photo from: @lennawangtw)



Retinol has been hailed as a skincare hero ingredient for its anti-ageing benefits. Contributing to its success are the added effects of evening skin tone, smoothing out textural irregularities, and antioxidant properties. Typically found in topical creams, retinol finds its latest incarnation in the form of — get this — a drink. Health beverage brand Dirty Lemon recently added a retinol drink, the first of its kind, to its roster and it’s left the beauty world buzzing.

retinol drink

Dirty Lemon +retinol drink, SGD61/~USD45 for a pack of six (

Whereas full-strength retinol requires a prescription, Dirty Lemon’s beverage is made with “pro-retinols” which are supposedly a milder form of vitamin A. So it’s not going to be as effective as the potent stuff. But it has been deemed safe to be ingested by dermatologists. Similar to how prescriptions for retinoic acid pills (such as the drug Accutane) are taken orally, retinol can work from the inside out. How this compares with topical retinoid products is surprisingly similar. The key process is that upon contact with retinols (applied topically or taken orally), the body converts it into retinoic acid. This accounts for the cell renewal which manifests itself in the form of clearer, healthier looking skin. Only the time frame for when you’ll start seeing results differs.

Though retinol drinks are nowhere near as effective as medical-grade prescriptions, they do have their benefits. As we know, vitamin A can readily be found in foods like fruits and vegetables mostly in the form of beta-carotene. Carrots, spinach, and kale are all rich in vitamin A. The difference is that the body needs a lot of it, six units specifically, to convert to one small unit of usable retinol. Retinol drinks offer the convenience of taking it in a concentrated form so that the body has more to work with.

dirty lemon retinol drink

Currently, there is only one retinol drink up for purchase on Dirty Lemon’s site at a rather steep SGD61 per case (one case contains six bottles), though we suspect other brands might be jumping in on the trend soon. While topical retinoids seem like the convenient choice, they do have their negative side effects so those with sensitive skin might find the drink a gentler option. But if you're still not convinced that ingestible is the way to go, here are topical options for you. 

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

drunk elephant retinol cream

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, SGD105/~USD78 (

This retinol cream combines 1.0% vegan retinol with superfood ingredients to diminish fine lines, reduce sun damage and encourage cellular turnover. 

Pixi Retinol Tonic

pixi retinol tonic

Pixi Retinol Tonic, SGD22/~USD16 (

Pixi's youth-preserving toner blends retinol with powerful antioxidants and botanical ingredients to nourish skin and repair its moisture barrier.

Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum

sunday riley retinol serum

Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum, SGD128/~USD95 (

Sunday Riley's formula boasts of a 6.5% stabilised retinoid blend along with botanical retinoid-alternative extracts. It also features this year's big skincare ingredient, blue-green algae.

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream 

dennis gross retinol eye cream

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream, SGD105/~USD78 (

Dr. Dennis Gross's retinol eye cream includes ferulic acid and ECG complex to target crows feet, dark circles, and fine lines for a more youthful look. 

The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

the ordinary retinol oil

The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, SGD11/~USD8.40 (

Arguably the most affordable retinol on the market, The Ordinary's formula mixes the powerful ingredient with ultra-hydrating squalane oil. The low retinol percentage makes it a good entry point for first timers, with higher concentrations also available. 

(Cover photo from: @dirtylemon)



There was once a time when heavy stigma came with bold-coloured hair. But not anymore. Today, it's all about self-expression and creativity, showing that your crowning glory is as much an extension of your personality as the rest of your body. So as an empowering move for yet another hectic week, what do you say about celebrating some Clozetters who are serving boldness with rainbow locks on the daily? 

Serene in silver

Girl with silver hair

(Photo from: penmyblog)

Fiery in red

Girl with red hair

(Photo from: MsElaineHeng)