1. BOLD MOVE (DIFFICULTY: 1/3)
At L’Oréal Paris’ first catwalk show, models wore dramatic contrasting lip shades. Estée Lauder’s UK Pro Make-Up Artist, Emma 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 lighter shade on it to make them look more even. Who needs filters?
2. BLACK SPACE (DIFFICULTY: 3/3)
Not only do negative space lips resemble sideways hearts (cute!), but Emma 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.
3. OMBRÉ LOVE (DIFFICULTY: 1/3)
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. “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 brush to carefully blend the two
shades together, et voilà! If you want to switch things even more, try playing with textures: Emma suggests a dark matte with a bright glossy or a metallic shade. Talk about endless options.
This story was originally published in the July 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan India.