SPLIT LIP Pain­less, we prom­ise

No need to book into a box­ing class – these looks pack their own punch

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This dual-toned lip isn’t quite as dif­fi­cult to do as it looks, we prom­ise. First, choose your­self two con­trast­ing shades – one bright and one dark. “Start with the darker colour, and ap­ply from the out­side cor­ners of the lips to around a quar­ter of the way across,” says Emma Till­man, Estée Lauder UK Pro Make-Up Artist. “Then, ap­ply the brighter shade in the cen­tre of your lips, mak­ing sure you de­fine the Cu­pid’s bow.” Use a fluffy eye­shadow brush to care­fully blend the two shades to­gether, et voila! If you want to switch things up even more, try play­ing with tex­tures: Till­man sug­gests a dark matte with a bright glossy or me­tal­lic shade. Talk about end­less op­tions.


Not only do neg­a­tive-space lips re­sem­ble side­ways hearts (cute!), but Till­man says this’ll also help fake a fuller pout.“A good-qual­ity, sharp lip brush is key,” she says. Pick a hot-pink, matte lip­stick and, us­ing said brush, trace a line from the outer edge of the top lip to the top of your Cu­pid’s bow. Con­tinue the line down, leav­ing a small gap at the cen­tre of your lips, end­ing up where you started. Colour it in and re­peat on each side, top and bot­tom. Keep make-up re­mover and some cot­ton buds handy – this may take a few at­tempts.


At L’Oréal Paris’s first cat­walk show, mod­els wore dra­matic con­trast­ing lip shades. Till­man says prep lips first to soften dry skin – use balm, then blot. Next, ap­ply colour – matte liquid lip­sticks are best as they bleed less – to the top lip. “Let that set be­fore you move on to the bot­tom lip, so the two shades don’t trans­fer,” she says. Pur­ple and blue not quite your bag? Try pink or red against orange. And if one of your lips is thin­ner than the other, just use the light­est shade on it to make them look more even. Who needs fillers?

Fenty Beauty Lip­stick in Clapback, £16

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Paint-On Liquid Lip­color in Pink Zinc Matte, £25 BareMin­er­als Dou­ble-Ended Per­fect Fill Lip Brush, £18 Zo­eva Luxe Crease Brush, £8.99

Jo Malone English Mint & Gin­ger Lip Care, £20

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