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How To Create A Wearable Two-Tone Lip Makeup – Deborah Tan

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!


Tools from shu uemura

Tools from shu uemura

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

Layer 1

Layer 1

3. Maybelline Nude by Color Sensational in Sugared Almond (Layer 1)

Layer 2

Layer 2

4. Maybelline Bold Matte by Color Sensational in Cheeky Coral (Layer 2)

Layer 3

Layer 3

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Finished look with a close-up of my lips!

Finished look with a close-up of my lips!

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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Lancome Answers Your 5 Most Pressing Questions About Makeup – Deborah Tan

Lancome National Makeup Artist Lina Tok

Lancome National Makeup Artist Lina Tok

It’s the party season and people are always asking, “What kind of makeup should I wear?” You know what? Your worries are not unfounded. Many of us (including myself) often wonder how to create a party makeup look that is different from what we would usually do on a daily basis. And, as most of us have come to realize, we usually just end up with too much blusher, too much shimmer, too much eyeliner, and look too much of a mess.

Lancome’s National Makeup Artist Lina Tok has decided to help us all out a bit here. Below, she answers 5 questions many of us have about achieving the right look for the parties coming our way:

CC cream vs Liquid Foundation: How do I decide which base to go with for the party look I’m going to create?
Contrary to popular belief, CC creams, BB creams, and liquid foundations don’t have to be exclusive of each other. Depending on the amount of coverage you need, how long you’ll be wearing your makeup for, you can use a mixture of two types of base makeup to give you your desired results.

If you need a lot of coverage while still looking natural, use a CC cream as a makeup base and a liquid foundation on areas you want to cover up. A CC cream helps correct color tone and has the effect of brightening the skin. It also helps your makeup to last longer. A liquid foundation helps to provide coverage, while smoothening skin’s texture to give a flawless finish. We would recommend the Mat Miracle 24H Liquid, which is a long-wear foundation that gives skin a luminous finish, which controlling sebum and shine. This would be great for customers who don’t want to worry about touch-ups during the evening.

Lancome Highlighter Rose Etincelle illuminates your face and collarbones with a joyful glow.

Lancome Highlighter Rose Etincelle illuminates your face and collarbones with a joyful glow.

Even though it’s the party season, I’m really conscious about applying glittery or shimmery makeup. How can I apply them so I look glamorous, not OTT?
Glittery and shimmery makeup are very trendy this season. However, I would suggest not to overdo it; use it subtly – less is more. For face highlighters, use them sparingly on the cheekbones, instead of all over the face. You can also apply them on the collarbones. As for eyeshadows with a shimmery finish, use just one shade (the rest can be of a matte or creamy finish) and apply to the brow bone or at the outer corner of your eyes as an accent. If your skin tends to shine after a few hours, perhaps consider using shimmery lip colours so you don’t end up “shining” too much.

Are there any rules regarding applying bright colours on eyes and lips? Which eyeshadows in Lancome complement which lipstick shades?
For the festive season, I would recommend all customers to be daring and more adventurous in their makeup routine. Bold lips are a must-have this season; we recommend sticking to basic colors for the eyes – such as taupe or brown. Allow one feature to be the key focus – either the eyes or lips.

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge comes with a limited edition case encrusted with Swarovski Elements crystals. Available in two shades.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge comes with a limited edition case encrusted with Swarovski Elements crystals. Available in two shades.

I would recommend using L’absolu Rouge 193 for red, bold lips. For a cuter alternative, you can try L’absolue Rouge 363 for a dash of pop pink colour. To complement the lips, I would recommend eyeshadows from the Christmas limited edition collection – Ombres Hypnose Dazzling in DO11 (silver) with ST211 (taupe). It gives a very sophisticated and shimmery finish.

What’s the fastest way to prep the skin before putting on makeup?
Tired, dehydrated skins are not the easiest to work with when it comes to applying makeup. When this happens, a quick DIY facial at home is a must! After a hydrating mask, I would recommend using the Genifique Youth Activator to prep your skin before makeup to give instant radiance to the skin. You can also mix it with liquid foundations for a sheerer, more glowy finish, as well as to make the texture smoother.

Tell us more about Lancome’s eyeliner patch? How should we put it on?
The Hypnose Eyeliner Patch is great if you want to add a dramatic touch to your makeup for those year-end parties! Apply closely on the eyeline, as an extension of your eyeliner. It helps extend the eyeline shape and create a more dramatic and fun effect. Treat it as eyeliner art! But as it is a sticker, the whole process is made effortless! For dramatic looks, you can wear it on both the outer areas of upper and lower eyelids.

Lancome Hypnose Velours is a set of 3 pairs of eyeliner patches, each can be reused for up to 3 times.

Lancome Hypnose Velours is a set of 3 pairs of eyeliner patches, each can be reused for up to 3 times.

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Each set of Lancome makeup includes a lipstick, an eyeshadow palette and a mascara. To win a set, simply follow the instructions below:

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[Shopping Alert] Beauty Treasures Around The World – Deborah Tan

If you’ve got nothing planned for the weekend, be sure to make your way to TANGS Orchard for “Beauty Treasures Around The World” by L’Oreal Luxury Brands.

Presented to you by brands such as Lancome, Kiehl’s, Biotherm, YSL, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani Fragrances, and Clarisonic, this one-of-a-kind beauty event promises to take you on a journey around the world to experience the iconic products of each of the brands mentioned above.

To participate, get your hands on a Boarding Pass.


The super whimsical boarding pass!


Upon presentation of this boarding pass, you will be given a Beauty Passport.

The cover of the Beauty Passport

The cover of the Beauty Passport


Now, your job is to “travel” to the different “destinations” and collect “passport stamps”. To get a passport stamp from a brand, all you have to do is sign up for the experience at its counter. What are the experiences?

Lancome: A 2-minute Aura Service where you’ll be taught how to bring out the glow in your skin

Clarisonic: Get a free hand demonstration using the No. 1 cleansing device recommended by US dermatologists

Kiehl’s: A 5-minute personalised consultation where you’ll also receive 5 complimentary samples!

Shu Uemura: A skincare consultation and a complimentary Eye Or Lash Makeover

Biotherm: A mini eye and hand massage for you. And, for your guy, he’s get a 1-minute power cleansing using Clarisonic and Biotherm Aquapower

Yves Saint Laurent: A signature Ritual Lumiere and your sample of the awesome foundation Le Teint Touche Eclat.

Giorgio Armani Fragrance: A 5-minute scent discovery journey into the world of Armani Prive and a travel fragrance vial upon the completion of this journey

See the super cute Biotherm "passport stamp"?

See the super cute Biotherm “passport stamp”?

And the best part for all beauty junkies out there who refuse to travel out of the country without a decent stash of products for your skin, hair and body, once you get 4 stamps in your Passport, you get to buy a Beauty Box filled to the brim with goodies from the 7 brands for just $20!!!!!!

The stuff every jetsetting beauty junkie needs for just $20!

The stuff every jetsetting beauty junkie needs for just $20!

For just today, October 26: 
These 7 brands will be extending a 10% discount off all their products at TANGS Orchard and Vivocity! Start your Christmas shopping now so you can enjoy insane savings WHILE making sure your loved ones get the best presents money can afford.

There are more great prizes and gifts awaiting you at TANGS Orchard so be sure you get ready for the beauty journey of a lifetime today. This event ends October 31, 2013, so don’t miss it!

Fun trivia! The writers behind the Beauty Passport are none other than Material World’s founders Deborah and Denise. This passport also contains cool ideas on what to do and where to go if you should ever travel to the brand’s city of origins. So be sure you don’t leave TANGS Orchard without grabbing a copy of the Beauty Passport! 

Denise and I wrote the copy for this passport!

Denise and I wrote the copy for this passport!

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, Suits and needs the new grey Clarisonic Mia2 for Christmas. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.


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Beauty Review: Lancome Teint Visionnaire – Deborah Tan

When Yanny of Lancome emailed me about a new foundation the brand was launching, the title of the email went something like, “The new vision of Skin Perfection”. And as I read the content in detail, she wrote how this new foundation is capable of improving skin texture and evenness with consistent usage. This new foundation is Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo SPF 20 and my curiosity was truly piqued.

It comes in one handy package where the concealer is … umm … concealed (haha! Sorry, couldn’t help it) in the cap of the bottle. The foundation contains the same ingredient as the Visionnaire serum, LR2412, while the concealer has Vitamin CG and light fillers to correct spots and dark circles.

At $70 a pop, it is a pretty price to pay for a foundation-and-concealer so I really wanted to be sure that it delivers what it says it will in the press release. Teint Visionnaire promises results on 2 fronts – Immediate and After 4 & 8 Weeks. Here are the Before & After pictures:



Pictures were not digitally touched up in any way

Before: Skin is blotchy with some signs of ruddiness around the cheeks and there is a zit on my chin.

After: Skin tone is very much evened out and the zit is concealed quite effectively. I also like that the mattifying effect of the foundation gives a natural-looking complexion rather than one that looks like a mask.

Although it is recommended that you use the concealer as a Step One, what I did was use it as a Step Two after the foundation. After sunscreen, I apply the foundation. Then I dab on the concealer on my problem spots. I find that if you apply concealer BEFORE your foundation, you end up just blending the coverage away. I personally find that I get a better coverage and a more natural finish when I use the concealer ON TOP of the foundation layer.

After 4 Weeks
(Skin shots taken without makeup. I put a blob of foundation on the skin as a point of reference):


Pictures were not digitally retouched in any way

Before: Without makeup, you can see my skin was rough with obvious pores and little red, pimply spots.

After: Although you can still see some whiteheads peeping out from my jawline and the area near by nose is still a bit bumpy, my skin’s texture has definitely improved, skin tone is also brighter and fairer. Pores are smaller and shine and redness are almost things of the past. This was without makeup. Even I was pretty blown away by the improvements on my skin.

If seeing IS believing, this foundation truly lives up to its claims of being a complexion-perfector. I look forward to seeing what my skin will be like in another 4 weeks. In fact, now I’m going to open up my Visionnaire serum and give it a proper go.

Only one word describes my verdict for Lancome Teint Visionnaire:


Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo SPF 20 is available at all Lancome counters and is priced at $70. This foundation was given to Material World for review purposes and all opinions are the author’s own. You may read our advertising policy here.

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, Suits and is in real dire need of a facial – it’s been about a year since she’s had one done. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.


So you’ll be able to experience the skin-perfecting benefits of this foundation-concealer duo, we are giving away a full-sized bottle of Lancome Teint Visionnaire to 3 lucky readers! The shades are BO-1, BO-2 and PO-3. To enter your name for the draw, follow the steps below:

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1. In the Comments section, tell us why you want to win a bottle of Lancome Teint Visionnaire.

2. Then click the Facebook button below and share this story with your friends. Tag “Material World” on your post and make sure it’s set on Public so we can see you have done this step.

3. Finally, PM us your personal details (name, age, gender, NRIC no, email address) and state “Teint Visionnaire” in your message.

Closing date for this contest is this Friday, 20 September 2013. This is only open to members of Material World’s Facebook Page please make sure you Like the page first.

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[Contest] Win This Lancome Hypnose Show By Alber Elbaz Set!

So on Saturday the Material World team was invited to the launch of Lancome Hypnose Show by Alber Elbaz. The backstage was a hive of activity with nine renowned makeup artists creating looks centered around the limited edition mascaras and eye makeup by the Israeli fashion designer for Lanvin. Watch the video here:

Here are two of our favourite looks:

Dollei Seah with her model. Her look – she said – was inspired by the cute-beyond-words packaging of the mascaras. She hand-painted on the face tattoos one by one.


Grego with his model. He was inspired by superheroes because (in his words) he said, “Beauty can save the world!” We are loving the badges he used as hair accessories!


Today, we have a special treat just for Material World readers!

We have – up for grabs – the following:


1. A super-special and rare Lancome Hypnose Show by Alber Elbaz pop-up book worth $200

2. Three mascaras sporting the limited edition packaging – Hypnose Waterproof, Hypnose Doll Eyes Waterproof, and Hypnose Star Waterproof. These mascaras contain a darker pigment than the usual Hypnose range so you’ll get darker, more glamorous eyelashes!


To win, follow these steps:

1. Answer this question: Who is the man in glasses at the end of the video? in the Comment section below.

2. Then click on the link: and follow the instructions given on the contest tab. 

2. Unlock 10 extra chances by tweeting about this giveaway! Learn how you can complete the “Tweet About This Giveaway” here.
Make sure your Twitter account isn’t set on Private. We need to be able to see that you have tweeted about this giveaway in order to give you the 10 extra chances.

3. Don’t forget to Private Message us your details – name, age, NRIC, gender and email address.

This contest ends this Friday, 21 June 2013.