Cherry Cola Lips: the Lip Liner and Gloss Combo You Need to Try

May 30, 2023
Jordan Julian
By: Jordan Julian | by L'Oréal
Selfie of editor with long blonde hair wearing red lip gloss and a green gingham dress collaged on a red background
I’m a sucker for a TikTok beauty trend with a cutesy, evocative name, so naturally, the cherry cola lip trend immediately piqued my interest. Inspired by the deliciously sweet soda drink, cherry cola lips involve layering brown lip liner with bright red lip gloss. You may be raising your eyebrows, but the unexpected color combo totally works together. The result is flirty, retro and flattering on all skin tones. The best part? The summery, nostalgia-soaked trend is super easy to recreate, regardless of makeup skill level. I tried it out myself and I will definitely be returning to this cute liner-gloss pairing throughout the summer.    

For my liner base, I used the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 1993, a true matte brown. A big part of the cherry cola lip look is to blend your liner to fill in your lips rather than just outline them, so you have a completely or mostly brown base for your gloss. The creamy formula of the Urban Decay lip liner was perfect for this. If you don’t have brown lip liner or it’s just not your vibe, you can adapt the trend with a dark burgundy or more of a red-brown shade for a similar effect.

Editor with long blonde hair wearing and holding up the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 1993

Next, I went in with my red lip gloss. One of my favorite lippies right now just so happens to be a cherry-hued gloss — the YSL Beauty Rouge Volupté Candy Glaze Lip Gloss Stick in Red Crush. The buildable pigment, balmy texture and easy-to-use stick format make this lip gloss an instant staple. I swiped it across my top and bottom lips and tapped with my finger to blend. 

And that’s all there is to it. I’m always going to get behind a simple, two-step beauty trend, but cherry cola lip gloss is as adorable as it is easy to create. My lips looked juicy and flushed with vibrant color, like I had been snacking on actual cherries all afternoon. BRB, just going to grab a bottle of ice cold soda.        

YSL Beauty Rouge Volupté Candy Glaze Lip Gloss Stick in Red Crush
Photographer: Jordan Julian Design: Juliana Campisi

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