Instagram looks always appear picture perfect. But are the looks practical? In most cases, nah, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun with it. So should you dare to try the two-toned lip trend? Read on to see if it’s for you.
YOU CAN MAKE YOUR LIPS LOOK BIGGER.
If you struggle with feeling like your mouth is out of whack because one lip is bigger than the other, wearing two different lip shades can help you create the illusion of more balance. “Ombré lips” were born from the contouring craze, since the same principles of making certain features pop or recede can also be applied to achieving that L.A. mega-pout.
You can use a lighter, brighter colour on your smaller lip to make it look bigger and plumper, and a slightly darker shade on the alternate lip to make it look smaller in comparison.
APPLYING TWO DIFFERENT LIP COLOURS ALL DAY COULD BE DEFINITION: HIGH MAINTENANCE.
Sure, wearing a bright fuchsia or red lip on its own can already be a chore. You constantly have to check yourself out for touch-ups to make sure you’re not rocking the dreaded lip liner-esque ring around your mouth — not to mention easing through coffee breaks or meals. Now, babysitting not one, but two lip looks? Seems strenuous.
MAKEUP WEARY FOLK CAN STILL KEEP IT SUBTLE.
Obviously matching up a nude-pink top lip with a fluoro-orange bottom is going to get you a lot of attention in a crowd. The most fool-proof way to pull off this trend is to keep your two lip shades of choice as closely matched as possible.
Think similar tones (how light or dark they are) with slightly different hues, such as one slightly coral lip with one that’s more pink. Or, a fire engine red lip with a blue-based hot pink. This will give the appearance that your lips are actually the same shade from far away, but up the interest level x 1000 when you’re up close and personal.
THE FINISH YOU CHOOSE CAN KEEP YOU SANE.
The trick to keeping two different shades looking crisp all day or night is to choose a matte or velvet finish. This will help prevent your colour from sliding around and keep your two hues from blending together.
Sir John, a celebrity makeup artist and brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris (who works with everyone from Beyoncé to Priyanka Chopra) uses the “peanut butter and jelly method” with this look: apply your two lipsticks, with the brighter colour being on your bottom lip, than stamp your lips together once to blend them ever so slightly for the most natural-looking finish.
IT’S EASIER TO PULL OFF THAN AN EYE MAKEUP TREND.
While coloured liquid eyeliners and artful smoky eyes can take a handful of products, tools and endless time, pulling off this lip look is as fast and easy as applying your regular lipstick. You can play up the cool-factor with the shades you choose but still end up with an edgy, super-dimensional look without having to do much with the rest of your makeup. Plus, you probably already have two lip colours that play well together in your makeup bag to experiment with.
Saturday night face: complete.