Everything you need to know about TikTok’s mermaid lip trend


TikTok is an interesting place on the internet. Among dancing teens and compilation videos, you can find an endless scroll of viral beauty hacks. You know, like the glass skin trend and the botox alternative.

Now, TikTok’s “For You pages” are filling up with the latest beauty trend: mermaid lips.

We tapped Sir John, celebrity makeup artist, beauty expert and CTZN Cosmetics Chief Creative Officer, for his insight. With clients like Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, Margot Robbie, Zendaya and more, we have a feeling he knows what he’s talking about.

“The mermaid lip trend, similar to the concept of the mermaid eye trend, is all about defining and accentuating the face for a more dramatic look,” Sir John told the New York Post. “The mermaid lip technique accentuates the natural flip of the lips to create a sexy yet subtle smirk on all lip shapes.”

Sir John believes this popular trend is a take on the ‘classic old Hollywood sultry smile’ and is ‘a new twist on the popular layered lip trend’.

Sir John says this take on the mermaid lip trend by Helin Doski is one of his favorites because the look is “natural and seamless”.

We couldn’t agree more, so we asked Sir John how to achieve this captivating look.

Step 1: Draw the lips

“The best way to achieve the look is to start with a darker lip liner to define and enhance the natural shape of the lip by extending the corners to create a slightly more lifted shape,” said Sir John.

Sir John loves using the CTZN Cosmetics Lipstroke at Cinco, while we’ve listed some other top picks below.

1. CTZN Cosmetics Lip Swipe, $16

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This long-lasting lip pencil is waterproof and aims to prolong the wear of your lipstick. If Cinco isn’t the color for you, browse the many other options.

2. NOVABEAUTY 2-in-1 Lip Pencil, $10

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Nova Fashion

This retractable lip liner is the real deal. Choose from an assortment of shades, layer and turn lip liner into lipstick with the oval brush if desired.

3. NYX Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil, $5

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NYX Cosmetics

Never moor a classic. This NYX Cosmetics lip liner comes in more colors than you can imagine and delivers a creamy, buildable result.

Step 2: Enter with a nude

Then you’ll want to “complete with a nude matte lipstick that enhances the lips and compliments your skin tone,” according to Sir John.

We recommend choosing a matte nude that doesn’t make your lips too dry but still feels comfortable all day.

1. Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Kind Words Matte Lipstick, $20

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This Rare Beauty hydrating, long-wearing matte lipstick is a great option. We can’t get enough, and we know you’ll fall in love too.

2. MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick, $21

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MAC Cosmetics

You can never go wrong with a MAC matte lipstick. Whirl is a classic shade that will make you swoon, while the brand offers shades that are both lighter and deeper.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick, $34

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Charlotte Tilbury

A pink nude that looks great on everyone’s lips is here. Expect long-lasting hydration, epic hydration, and an award-winning formula.

STEP 3: Add shine

Finally, Sir John says to “seal it all in with a hydrating gloss for a glass-like shine”.

This is our favorite part, because there’s nothing quite like a lip gloss. And just like that, you have gorgeous mermaid lips.

1. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Ice, $24

Lip gloss

Drop it all now and shop this must-have from Fenty Beauty. It gives your lips an instant refreshing effect and unparalleled shine.

2. iNNBEAUTY Project Glaze Lip Oil, $17

Lip gloss

Say hello to juicy lips full of high shine. Better yet, you can enjoy soft, hydrated lips all day with a hint of cherry color.

3. Dior Addict Lip Oil, $38

Lip gloss

Don’t just look good, but do good with this Dior lip oil. It brings out the natural color and shine of your lips with every use.

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