Ombre or dual-tone, it takes two shades to create truly on trend lips this Spring

This season is having a very different red-lip moment as two-tone lips on the catwalk inspire a plethora of duo lip products on the shelves. Fred Letailleur, European Makeup Artist for YSL, says the trend for two-tone or gradient colour comes from the popularity of contouring as well as draping – using blush to sculpt the face. “Gradient products are based around the rule that deeper colours will define or sculpt while lighter colours will brighten,” he explains.
“The beauty of a product like Babydoll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick (€33) is it can be used by mixing the colours together or by separating them.”

Important Matte-ers
Bright red and pink in matte textures work particularly well together for the two-tone look. At Cushnie et Ochs, the vibe was ‘Miami heat’ and lead makeup artist for MAC Sammy Mourbait created a matte, rounded pout by lining and filling in the lips with pencil and popping a cherry red, matte shade (Perfect Score) on top and a magenta (Restlessly Red) on the bottom.

Photo Credit: Cushnie et Ochs

Shade & Illuminate Lip €54 by Tom Ford

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At A Détacher the ombré effect was kept glossy and luscious, created using darker plum shades. For this effect try the Shade & Illuminate Lip (€54) by Tom Ford, which is a powder cream formula that is
perfect for creating a subtle ombré on lips using the dual-ended applicator. “Use the darker tones on the outer lip and a lighter tone on the inner,” says Letailleur.

Photo Credit: Detacher

Twin Matt Lipstick by No2 €16 by Karaja

L'Absolu Rouge Matt in 393 €31 by Lancome

Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur in Cassis & Fuchsia €35 each by Chanel