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Two Toned Lips - Hot Or Not?

22 January, 2018 - 08:47pm by - Head Pixie | 48 Comments

By BR Amelia

My how lipstick looks have changed. Once upon a time it was a matter of just slicking on a pink or red tone and going about your business. Now there are colours galore. And the formulas! It's not just cream anymore. There are tints and liquids and glossy vs matte. It's a lipstick lovers dream! And with all this choice has come the arrival of some amazing lip-look trends.

One that's been popping up more and more - to the point where cosmetic companies, like Yves Saint Laurent, are making products specifically to create this look - are two-toned lips. Initially it started out as simply applying one shade of lippy on your upper lip, then a different shade of lippy to your bottom lip. But then makeup lovers began to mix it up by surrounding their outer lips in one colour and then filling in the rest in another - kind of like an ombre lip but without the blending. Those who liked to rock a more creative look then began to mix and match the two colours all over their lips in weird and wonderful patterns.

So what are some prime examples of this look? Check these out...


How gorgeously vampy are those lips? We love the darker upper and the lighter lower - and that it's both wearable and utterly showstopping, all at the same time!


Instagrammer, Aiz, takes two toned lips to some surreal and beautiful places. Check out the page if you need a little inspiration, or if you just want to see some really interesting lip artistry.


The flexibility of this trend is one of the reasons we so enjoy it. You can really play with the colours and embrace a look that suits your personality - whether it be bold or subtle, fun or elegant.

So are two-toned lips something you'll be wearing this year? 

Are two-toned lips on your hit list?

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As I MUA I love Two toned lips! Especially when using the tones to contour smaller lips to look bigger and in creative shoots. The top image would be great in a vampy 30's look.

I love the two toned look if its a blend of two similar colours like the first photo, but when its two completely opposite colours it looks a bit avant garde for an everyday look.

I really like the first one, how it accentuates her bottom lip slightly (plus I love the colours). But I'm not a big fan of the other two.

I think I'd be too nervous to rock this look! Maybe I would need some practise first! Looks good in these pics!

I love the bottom style, I've done similar with red on top and pink on the bottom. It's a fun look.

Not a huge fan! Think it looks a bit too artsy for everyday wear! I don't mind if it's a similar colour, but just slightly darker around the edges, but not two different tones.

That first look is super! I really love these colours, such a great match. I could try this look only because the colours are similar but thats as far as I would go. I do think they would blend together the longer you wear them though, so the effect probably would not last very long.

Love the first look as well. I’d have licked and mooshed the colours together in no time lol. X

29th January, 2018 at 7:14 pm

That's a very good point.

22nd January, 2018 at 9:47 pm

Yes, that is a good point.

22nd January, 2018 at 9:52 pm

That's true Kim Rose. I'm always curious how well these creative looks hold up at the end of the day whether it's lips or eyes.

23rd January, 2018 at 4:57 am

He he so true

23rd January, 2018 at 7:53 am

Same here. I love the first look but not the maintenance required to keep up the look throughout the day.

23rd January, 2018 at 8:35 pm

I couldn't do it but it can look good as long as the shades aren't too different. I think the top one looks good.

Only one I like too.

23rd January, 2018 at 7:10 am

True, the top one is the only one pictured that I'd actually try.

23rd January, 2018 at 7:18 pm

I'm not sure about this. Maybe the more subtle looks. I guess it's one way off panning all those different lipsticks lying about.

I like the first one it's gorgeous. The last one looks like a project pan on two different colors.

23rd January, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Ohhhh i think it looks gorgeous!

I like the first look, those colors are nice

Yes I like that one too.

23rd January, 2018 at 7:09 am

I think it would look ok if more subtle matches but I’m not too sure how long it would stay looking like that

good point

23rd January, 2018 at 7:09 am

Yes I agree a subtle look would be best. I have tried a very subtle ombre lip look but within a couple of hours you really couldn't tell it was still there.

23rd January, 2018 at 7:58 am

Not a definite no as I like M.Whalen's look but not a look I aspire too.

Be fun to play with not for me though

I really love seeing these innovative ways of designing a unique look. But when you're actually talking and laughing etc I wonder how these would look. Would it be distracting for the person you are trying to have a conversation with?


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