First things first
I’m a makeup-obsessive from way back, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about makeup, it’s that you can make almost anything work. Colour should never hold you back, and you shouldn’t be afraid to rock a bold lip if you feel like it.
Bold lips, huh? Well…they don’t come much bolder than Violent Lips. If you haven’t heard of them before, they’re vitamin-enhanced, vegan-friendly lip appliqués tested on celebrities, not animals, and above all, they’re temporary!
Kim Kardashian and her sisters Khloe and Kylie recently posted twitpics wearing them. I’d already sourced some myself and figured it was about time to figure out if the company’s tutorial was as easy to follow as it looked.
What you’ll need to get started
- In each pack of Violent Lips, you’ll find three sets of lip appliqués — three top lips and three bottom — easily separated, in case you make any mistakes and need to use half of another set.
- The directions, which can be found on the back. They’re very basic, so you might need to refer to a tutorial to fill in the blanks because, for example, the directions don’t mention that you’ll also need water.
- A cotton pad
- A mirror
- Violent Lips in Pink Cheetah (or any of the other 76 varieties)
Ladies, start your engines!
Firs, make sure you start with dry, un-moisturised lips, and you don’t want to be wearing any other products. That’s important, because if you already have something on your lips, your Violent Lips won’t stick.
I started with my bottom lip first, removing the correct shape from the perforation, and holding it up to my lip to measure the length. Try to make an “Aaah” shape with your lips, and remember — your lips are 3D; Violent Lips aren’t.
Then, following the guides on the back, cut the appliqué accordingly. You may have to go back a few times to make sure you’ve got the right length.
Next, your top lip. Hold it up, and look at your pretty self in the mirror, making an “Aaah” shape again with your mouth.
Cut the appliqué like the previous time, according to the guides, if you need them again.
Soak a cotton ball/pad with water. Now, take the bottom lip appliqué shape, and press it against your bottom lip. Hold the wet cotton pad against it, saturating the appliqué with water.
Gently remove the paper backing, and tidy up any areas that don’t look quite right, or any edges that might have lifted. Use your wet cotton pad and/or fingers for this.
Now, you’re ready to repeat the process with your top lip.
The big question for me was how easy or hard these would be to apply, and the answer: hard. Violent Lips are ridiculously fiddly, and I actually went through one-and-a-half packs to get my lips looking right. I cut the upper lip shape wrong — oops! — and then the bottom lip didn’t look quite right. But I don’t think it’s that noticeable.
They also take a while to apply. The first time you try it, allow yourself about 30 minutes. Then, once you know what you’re doing, you could probably get them on in about 10 minutes, because then you’ll know what size to cut the appliqués.
They’re fairly easy to remove using an oil-based makeup remover on a cotton ball, so that’s nice.
Violent Lips don’t feel particularly comfortable to me. They’re like stick-on baby tattoos, but I can live with it. They do make my lips feel dry, which is something to keep in mind. You could definitely wear a gloss or lip balm over them, but test first by taking a piece of an appliqué that you’ve already cut and apply it somewhere out of the way, like the inside of your arm. Then, apply your lip balm over that to see if it lifts the appliqué. I didn’t want to risk it, and so I don’t use any products on top of mine.
Finally, cost. They’re a novelty item, and they’re priced accordingly. $14.95 / £10.00 each. As you’ll probably only be using them on special occassions, and you do get three sets in each pack, I think it’s money well spent.
There are 76 different varieties to choose from, including a fun rainbow one, silver sparkles, various flags, polka dots and many, many more.
Would I buy them again? Definitely! More than anything, they’re an excuse to go out and get noticed.
Just don’t tell my boyfriend I said that, mmk?