Monday, October 2, 2023

Trend to Try: The ‘Just-Bitten’ Lip

To get it straight, we are so not talking about the Kylie Jenner Challenge – rather, we’re talking about Spring/Summer’s more beautiful trend for lips, spied at Erdem, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Herve Leger and Thakoon’s showcase, amongst others: the Just-Bitten Lip, which you need to put on your pout.

This season, designers and artists chose to stray away from bold colours, with hardly a full red or hot pink lip in sight. Instead, the catwalks were all about approachable beauty (which you can get started with, here) and a favourite shortcut for pretty, flirtatious lips was achieved using stains and tints, giving a sheer lip colour – referred to as the ‘Just-Bitten Lip.’

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Model Malaika Firth looked super fresh-faced with her Bitten Lip pout on the runway at Oscar de la Renta…

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…And on the runway at Costello Tagliapietra, the models rocked the look effortlessly too…

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…Michael Kors also chose the new ‘It’ lip, leaving models’ pouts looking full and kissable.

But while we at SPICE love the Just-Bitten look, some of our favourite stars have been busy championing it too;

Kerry Washington was spotted rocking the trend at the third annual Baby2Baby Gala in Culver city recently…

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…Young stunner Zedanya Coleman brought her Just Bitten Lips to the iHeartRadio Awards last month…

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…And Yvonne Nelson brought the beauty look to her selfie recently, in a cute pink hue.

Want to try the look at home? See our step-by-step here next…

Get the Look (Oscar de le Renta’s Just Bitten Pouts)

To achieve fashion’s new favourite lip look, the technique is pretty simple. For the runways, makeup artists simply put on a heavy lip and then took it all off again, leaving the desired stained effect.

But for Oscar de la Renta, makeup maestro Gucci Westman used an oil, which removed a little of the colour first applied and left a soft, kissable sheen. Here’s how you can do it too;


1. First, prep lips with a scrub – gently removing dry skin for a smooth surface.

2. Next, moisturise lips with a nourishing balm or treatment. At Oscar de le Renta, the models’ pouts were treated to Hourglass No. 28’s Lip Treatment Oil, which was left to sink in for a few minutes first.

3. Choose your colour (reds and berry shades work best) and cover the lips. Gucci Westman used Hourglass’ Opaque Rouge Lipstick in “Empress” – a deep aubergine shade – and used her fingers to diffuse the colour. Copy her by applying a saturated dot in the centre of both lips, then using your fingers to work the shade outwards.

4. Finally, top lips with a nourishing treatment oil (Westman went back to the one she’d first applied) or an oil-based balm, like Vasoline, which will leave a subtle sheen.

And there you go – that’s all it takes to create your own Just-Bitten Lip look! Show us how you got on with the trend by tagging us @SPICETVAFRICA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Image source:,, @YvonneNelson,


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