DOUBLE THE FUN: HOW TO WORK THE TWO-TONE LIP TREND THIS SUMMER
The trend might seem advanced, but it’s surprisingly versatile, even for makeup newbies. You can take the look to the max with vibrant contrasting colours or create an oh so subtle look with two similar, complementary shades. Read on for our expert tips on how to get the look three ways this summer.
Top And Bottom.
This one’s easy: One colour goes on top and one goes on below. The drama level is up to you. We love the striking red-on-pink runway look, which is perfect for a glam night out (try Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bang-Bang on the top lip and Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Menace on the bottom). Another option is pairing two complementary tones of the same colour, such as a soft mauve with a rich plum.
You can take it down a notch by opting for less opaque textures like stains or tinted lip balms, or amping it up even more by adding a layer of high-shine gloss over your colour. And if you bring different textures into the equation, the possibilities expand even more: A metallic lip cream partnered with a matte lipstick offers a subtle but striking contrast.
Tip: If you want to boost a “not-so-Angelina-esque” top lip, that’s the place for your lighter shade.
Ombré All Day.
For the lighter-in-the-centre look, apply the lighter lipstick all over and blot. Then line your lips with the darker colour overtop, blending it into the lighter shade with short strokes toward the centre. Enhance the ombré even more by dabbing highlighter in the centre of the bottom lip. For the darker-in-the-centre look, apply the lighter shade all over and blot. Dab on the darker colour from the tube or using a brush in the centre of your lip.
Tip: For each look, do a final blend with your fingertip for a fade-out effect.
The popsicle-stained pout looks like a bare mouth that has been eating a cherry Popsicle—it’s a runway favourite and one of the hottest looks to come out of Korea, the beauty-trend capital of the world right now. Apply a beige lip liner, a touch of concealer or even just use your own natural lip colour around the edges of your lips to make your “Popsicle stain” in the centre to really pop, as well as helping to set the colour. Then dab a juicy berry or cherry lipstick, or lip stain (such as Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain in Pomegranate Crush), to the centre of your lips and blend it outward with a dry lip brush. You can finish by applying a lip balm all over for a natural glow or tap on more powder for a modern matte look.
Tip: This trend works best if you start with well-exfoliated and moisturized lips.