Zara H
Updated Sep 21, 2016 @ 1:12 pm
crystal lips

Fact: Instagram has tremendous influence over the beauty industry. If something starts catching on via the social media platform, chances are it’s about to take over IRL, making its presence known in a big way on runways, YouTube, and the streets. See: Contouring. See also: Baking. See also…OK, you get the picture.

So here’s what all this means right now: Crystal lip art is about to become huge. Granted, it’s a much edgier trend than, say, strobing, but we suspect we’ll see plenty of this look around Halloween, in beauty magazines, and (of course) all over the Internet.

We know what you’re thinking: What even IS crystal lip art? Well, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it’s major. Metallic shades, tiny crystal particles, tons of texture…there’s a lot going on in these looks and it’s kind of hard to tear your eyes away from them.

NYC-based makeup artist Johannah Adams came up with the mineral-inspired look. While most of her day-to-day is spent working on photoshoots, runway shows, and magazine editorials, her Instagram is where she gets to express a whole different side of her work as an artist. For the geodes, she says she was first inspired by one of her favorite pieces of jewelry — a gold and crystal pendant.

“That pendant piece just sparked my creativity!” she explained. As for Johannah’s process on how she created the crystals, it wasn’t sugar, if that’s what you were thinking.

“It’s a process of mixing and layering that develops into the crystal appearance.” INCREDIBLE!

Johannah says that the geode lip isn’t an everyday look.

For those who don’t want to attempt the full geode, but want some sparkle, here are more subdued versions of the crystallized lip.

Is this something the average non-makeup artist person can easily master? Um, maybe not. We’re still over here trying to figure out how to do that whole ombré lipstick thing, so we’re just going to leave this one to the pros for right now. With that being said, we are certainly not going to stop looking up crystal art images anytime soon ’cause they’re all so. Freaking. Pretty. Not too mention a way more affordable alternative to fine jewelry…