Christmas is the perfect time to try out the makeup trends you’ve been itching to experiment with. For weeks now, I’ve been spotting these two-tone lips on the Internet everywhere. Further research revealed that it’s a makeup trend that’s part of the whole Korean Ulzzang movement where devotees aim to create a natural, child-like look with their dressing, makeup and hairstyles.
Obviously, “child-like” is not a Deborah-thing. But the lips look like a challenge to create and I am, admittedly, getting a bit bored of my bright red matte lips ala dominatrix-look. So with too many lipsticks and too much time on my hands, I have decided to try these two-tone lips!
1. A powder puff with a variety of slopes and angles – I used shu uemura lighbulb sponge
2. A lip brush
1. A liquid foundation and a concealer – I used Lancome Teint Visionnaire because I love how you can mix the liquid foundation with its accompanying concealer to create a very workable texture.
2. A two-way cake
3. Maybelline Nude by Color Sensational in Sugared Almond (Layer 1)
4. Maybelline Bold Matte by Color Sensational in Cheeky Coral (Layer 2)
5. Maybelline Lip Polish by Color Sensational in Glam 2 (Layer 3)
(Photos have not been retouched and are taken using my iPhone 4s)
Step 1: Moisturise your lips using a water serum rich in hyaluronic acid. Then mix a liquid foundation with a little concealer and gently dab the mixture over your lips.
Step 2: Using a lip-brush, apply the first layer of colour. I used Maybelline Nude by Color Sensational in Sweet Almond here.
Step 3: Set this layer by dabbing on powder from a two-way cake using a puff (I’m using Shu Uemura Lightbulb puff in the photo).
Step 4: Decide how “deep in” you want the second tone to be. Using a lipstick and a lipbrush, mark out the area. This also gives the final layer something to “cling” onto. I used Maybelline Bold Matte by Color Sensational in Cheeky Coral here.
Step 5: The gloss layer goes on onto the darker area. I used Maybelline Lip Polish by Color Sensational in Glam 2 here.
Step 6: To really achieve that ombre effect, use a lip pencil in a shade close to the lighter outer area and blend the line separating the darker and lighter areas.
It’s amazingly easy to do and I was done in less than 10 minutes. OK. I’m not really the expert at selfies here so you’ll have to bear with my badly-taken pictures below. I find that keeping the rest of my makeup sheer and natural makes it easier to step outside of the house during the day.
Of course, feel free to experiment with different colour combinations! I am most tempted to try deep purple with bright red the next time I’m headed out for an evening event or a party!
What other makeup trends are you curious about and want to try this season? Drop us a note and we’ll try out best to figure out a super easy way to achieve it.
Merry Christmas and have fun with your makeup!
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. She believes makeup should not take you more than an hour to do. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweet.
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