Beauty & Shopping, Makeup

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.

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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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Simple And Effective Makeup Tips – Vanessa Tai

When Denise was experimenting with the Nars Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection, I was bowled over by the bold colours and textures available. So when we got invited to a Nars makeover session with international makeup artist Julio Sandino, I was stoked. Sandino has worked on countless high-profile runway shows, and his trademark style has earned him clients like Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria and Tilda Swinton. Naturally, I was honoured to have him do my makeup.

Since Christmas was coming up, I asked him for something easy that I can re-create for upcoming parties. Here are three makeup tips I picked up during the makeover:

1. The importance of a highlighter 

After applying your foundation, apply highlighter on your temples, cheekbones and around your eyes to create that luminous afterglow. Be sure the colour of your highlighter matches your base makeup – you want to look contoured, not shiny. Another spot to dab on some highlighter would be above your Cupid’s Bow (the double curve of your upper lip), and just underneath your lower lip. It will help your lip colour stand out and look multi-dimensional. Try the Nars Illuminator or the Nars Highlighting Blush.

Celebrity makeup artist Julio Sandino applying my eyeshadow.

Celebrity makeup artist Julio Sandino applying my eyeshadow.

2. Apply your eyeshadow in a circular motion

As someone who usually applies her eyeshadow in a haphazard fashion, I was pleasantly surprised to notice how Sandino used languid circular motions to apply the eyeshadow on my eyelids. Instead of looking patchy – the way it does whenever I apply my own eye makeup – the colours blended beautifully in a uniform gradient.

3. Blend your lip products 

One of the easiest ways to create an inventive new look would be to blend various lipsticks and lip glosses together. Because each of us have different lip and skin colours, it’s worthwhile experimenting with different permutations to see which blend best brings out the look you’re trying to create.

I really like the creamy, matte textures of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

I really like the creamy, matte textures of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

Here’s my completed look!

Ready to party!

Ready to party!

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets

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Party-Ready in 7 Minutes Flat – Denise Li

If there’s one thing I’m sufficiently smug about with regards to my relationship with Alain, it’s that I’m usually the first one dressed, made up, and ready to go whenever we head out for the night. Partly because he likes to wait till the absolute last minute to take a shower and takes like 10 minutes to get his hair just right, but mostly because I don’t subscribe to the stereotype that women need three hours to get immaculately groomed.

Of course, it took lots of practice over the years to learn how to get party-ready in under 10 minutes. But I think quality products with good textures go a long way as well.

That’s why I’m such a huge fan of Nars – it’s hard to beat the smooth, easy-to-apply texture, whether you’re using one of its eyeshadows or lippies. They just glide onto your skin, and you can quickly build colour, although the colour payoffs are usually pretty amazing with just a little product.

As my fashion sensibilities tend towards the safe side, I like experimenting with slightly bolder makeup looks – an electric blue eyeshadow, or perhaps a hot pink liquid lippie. I was definitely wowed by the Nars Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection.

But first, who exactly is Guy Bourdin?

He’s a well-known French photographer whose work captured the imagination of Nars founder Francois Nars. Bourdin’s works convey “unconventional narratives and overt sexuality”, which was pretty groundbreaking back in the 70s. His bold style has influenced Francois Nars over the years, and nowhere is that more clear in this collection, with its bright colours and impactful finishes.

The photography for this campaign is pretty evocative as well, and clearly plays homage to Bourdin. In the words of Francois Nars himself, “We’re both drawn to beautiful, provocative, even audacious women. I think we’re both willing to break the rules.”

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NARS Guy Bourdin Collection Fling Imagery - jpeg

I’m sure you’re pretty impatient to see what the products in this range look like so without further ado, here are few of my favourites.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour, $38

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour, $38

This gun-metal shade is great for all skin tones and just what you need to create the perfect smokey eye.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow Wishful Thinking, $38

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow Wishful Thinking, $38

This electric-blue shade is great for those retro-themed parties.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal, $38

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal, $38

My secret to looking instantly dressed up for formal affairs is to swipe on a plum lipstick like this one.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Goodbye Emmanuelle, $38

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Goodbye Emmanuelle, $38

Pink lipsticks are a great option for the girl who doesn’t feel totally comfortable in bombshell-red shades. It has a more fun vibe, I think.

NARS Guy Bourdin Coeur Battant Blush, $50

NARS Guy Bourdin Blush in Coeur Battant, $50

I can imagine that this blush would look absolutely gorgeous on olive or dark skin.

NARS Guy Bourdin Day Dream Blush, $50

NARS Guy Bourdin Blush in Day Dream, $50

A more suitable option for those with light to medium skintones, this imparts a healthy, post-exercise glow.

Using products from this collection, I managed to achieve that party-ready makeup look in under 7 minutes … I timed it!

What I used:

– A powder foundation

– Nars Guy Bourdin Blush in Day Dream

– Nars Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow in Bad Behaviour

– Nars Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Goodbye Emmanuelle

– A pencil liner to balance out the smokey lid

– A lashing of mascara

finished look with nars

closer look at eyes

My favourite product from the Nars collection (though it’s hard to pick just one) probably has to be the lippie. It’s so moisturising that I don’t even need to use a lip balm on my chapped lips before applying this lipstick. It also stays put for ages, and this shade is a versatile one I can use day and night.

The Nars Holiday collection also has some wonderful gift sets you can buy to pamper the women in your life.

n Collection Crime of Passion Face Kit, $80

Nars Guy Bordin Collection Crime of Passion Face Kit, $80

NARS Guy Bourdin Collection Beautiful Stranger Nail Set, $45

NARS Guy Bourdin Collection Beautiful Stranger Nail Set, $45

The products I’ve shown in this post are just a taste of what you can expect from the Nars Guy Bourdin Collection. To check out the full range of products, be sure to head down to Nars, Tangs Orchard from mid-November.

Material World was given a set of Nars Guy Bourdin products for a review and was not paid for this review. All opinions are the author’s own.

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. To her, there’s no such thing as too many pairs of boots. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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