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Beauty Test Drive: Do Matte Duo-Tone Lips Actually Last?

Duo-tone lips may work on the runway, but we test drive the look to see how it stacks up in real life

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Holly Fulton Spring 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Holly Fulton Spring 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

The runway beauty look at Holly Fulton Spring 2013 consisted of matte skin, faux freckles, zero eye makeup and (drum roll, please) two-tone lips in vibrant fuchsia and orange. M.A.C Cosmetics created the look in London—so we decided to follow their directions to achieve the ultra-bright lip for a day at work—but will it last through lunch, coffee breaks and minor lip chewing?

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms


Step 1: Line lips with an über-pigmented fuchsia pencil to define the bow of the lip, creating a slightly rounded shape. Avoid the centre of the lower lip.


M.A.C Lip Liner in Embrace Me, $18, This shade was actually used backstage at Holly Fulton. It’s super bright — the ideal starting point. Look for a pink lipstick that is a close match.


Step 2: Though M.A.C mixed fuchsia and white Lipmix to create their hue for the runway, any bright pink lipstick will do. Apply it to the outer corners of the lip.

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Pastille Lilac, $28, This lipstick is creamy and goes on like a dream. Plus, it’s almost neon in brightness, which is perfect for this look.


Step 3: Dab neon orange lipstick to the middle of your lips in a rounded heart shape, then blur the line between the two colours slightly with a blending brush.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin, $10, at drugstores and mass retailers. This hue is similar in intensity to Bite’s Pastille Lilac, which means the two colours don’t look costumey when placed side by side.

Optional Final Step: Dust lips with a setting powder to keep your lipstick in place and create a matte finish.

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

The Verdict: I made a big no-no: Forgetting to exfoliate my lips before applying the colour. It wasn’t the end of the world, but up close my lipstick appeared to pill as the day went on. Next time, I’ll rub my lips with olive oil and sugar to wear away the dead skin—and there will be a next time because I really enjoyed this look. I did have to redefine my lip liner mid-afternoon to maintain precision, which is not such a surprise, considering I’m a messy eater.

Three additional shade combos we love:


Outer Lip: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Front Row, $13, at drugstores and mass market retailers. Inner Lip: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in L’Exubérante, $40, at Chanel Beauty counters.


Outer Lip: M.A.C Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick, $18, Inner Lip: Lancôme Rouge In Love Lipstick 381B Violette Coquette, $30,


Outer Lip: Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Old Hollywood, $28, Inner Lip: Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 102, $8, at drugstores and mass retailers.

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