So I was flipping through a magazine last weekend (I think it might’ve been Allure…) and saw a picture of two models wearing two-toned lips.
What are two-toned lips?
It’s where you wear different colors on your top and bottom lip, and if you pick colors that are closely related, it’s an easy way to do subdued, toned-down, but still edgy look.
Here are some examples with shades from the new MAC Colour Rocker Collection of limited edition MAC matte lipsticks that launched last week ($17 each), and there are also some swatches down below.
Two-Toned Lip Tip #1: Choose two shades that are slightly different in intensity and/or color
Here’s the thing: If you want easy, it helps to use two shades that are similar but aren’t exactly the same. If they’re too dissimilar, they go from low-key and edgy to full-on edgy, and then you have to work that into your entire look.
In the pic above I’m wearing MAC Colour Rocker Carmine Rouge (the red shade) with Breathing Fire (the pink), and I think they’re both similarly intense. I mean, if you saw me from across a room, you might not even be able to tell I was wearing two different colors on my lips, but bam! — up close? Whoomp, there it is.
Same thing with Darling Clementine (the darker orange on my top lip) and Forbidden Sunrise (the slightly lighter orange on the bottom). The colors are similar enough to make the whole effect subtle.
Two-Toned Lip Tip #2: Wear the lighter color on the bottom for a plump-looking pout
If you wear the lighter color on the bottom, I think it makes your lips look slightly fuller (don’t ask me why though).
And, obvs, but try to avoid rubbing your lips together if you want to keep the colors from mixing. A long-wearing lipstick formula like a matte or a liquid matte helps.
MAC Colour Rocker Collection pics
MAC Colour Rocker Collection swatches
There are 28 Colour Rocker shades with a TON of great two-toned possibilities.
Do you ever wear two-toned lips? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,