Transition into fall this year with one of the season’s trendiest lip looks: a metallic finish. The newest breed of metallic lips look like molten metal and the variety of formulas out there is HUGE.

Whether you want a SFW look or one that stands out in a crowd, here are the must-follow tips for rocking a metallic lip:

The Neutral

If a nude lip is your usual go-to, try applying a sheer formula on a bare lip for a subtle sheen of gold, or pop over lipstick in the center of the mouth to add dimension. For deeper lip tones, go with a dark bronze or copper gloss.

#ProTip: Keep your lip wands pristine by pressing and rolling the doe foot (lip gloss applicator) onto the back of hand to remove gloss then use your retractable lip brush to layer gloss over other lip products.

Gloss isn’t the only option, choose a creamy formula (like Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Almost Pink) for a soft metallic shimmer.

 

The Trendy

Love your rose gold phone, handbag and shoes? Give it a go on your lips with a universally flattering metallic gloss (like Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Lip in Man Eater).

For those who love the liquid lipstick formula, try dabbing a metallic hue (like Too Faced Melted Metal Metallic Lipstick) onto the center of your lip from the tube then work over lips with your accent brush.

#ProTip: Liquid formulas can be drying, so prep lips with a bit of lip balm.

If you are a matte lip purist, there are new formulas that merge metallic and matte (we don’t know how they do it!). Choose from a variety of shades at Beauty Bar Baby Liquid Matte Metallic Lipstick (Buff, Campfire, Sugar Plum Fairy) and have the best of both worlds.

 

On the Edge

Have great lips and want to make a statement? Go to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and choose from long-lasting opaque metallic shades in brilliant shades of blue, ruby red or copper.

Apply along the perimeter of your lip with your smudge brush for a sharp edge and fill in entire lip (use sparingly – a little product goes a long way!).