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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

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

Makeup
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)

Steps
(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.

photo(2)

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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