Go For the Gold Lips

Prada makes a case for high-karat pouts

When you watch the 2003 film Honey, it’s hard to focus on anything but Jessica Alba’s lips. They look like a shimmering, sunset-lit body of water.

After over a decade of radio-silence, the gold mouth is back. Prada’s Spring Summer 2016 runway show in Milan just proved that gold is like a confection glaze for your mouth.

To get the look, beloved makeup artist Pat McGrath painted theater makeup paint onto the model’s lips, and then layered it with a reflective gold pigment. She then kept the rest of the makeup to a minimum with just swipes of foundation and concealer to even out skin tone, and touches of mascara at the roots of eyelashes—and this is the best way to do it.

Want to give it a spin in L.A.? We have one tip: Don’t treat the look like an after-dark special. The high-pigment, high-karat look can and should be worn during the day, when the sun will add even more sheen to the glossed-up style.