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Four Ways To Wear:

Spring Colour

Colour is back. And this season, one shade just isn’t enough.

CENTRE POINT
BLEND IN
TWIN SET
TWO STEP
CENTRE POINT
BLEND IN
TWIN SET
TWO STEP

Centre point

For a playful update on the ubiquitous red lip, look no further than this season’s two-tone number. Spotted backstage at Jason Wu (where it prompted a veritable Insta-storm), it makes even the most meagre pout discernibly plumper.

How To:
You can achieve the effect with any tonal shades, but apply the lighter one in the centre if you want to build on what nature gave you. Start by outlining your lips with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in 69, using a flat-ended brush to blend the colour in towards the middle. Layer Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in 714, on top for extra intensity, then fill in the inner part of your mouth with a coral shade and blend the two shades together so there are no hard edges.

Blend in

Trouble making decisions? We say why constrain yourself to a single eyeshadow when you can hedge your bets and create lids as pretty as these. We opted for lilac and mint, and took both colours all the way up to the brow bone, but for a subtler take, fade them out just beyond the eyelid crease.

How To:
Stipple on the mint shade (we used Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Asphyxia) with a fluffy brush so that the colour is diffused, then blend it from the inner corner of your eye to the centre of your eyelid. Next, load on the lilac (try Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Eyeshadow in Hyper Teal) fading it out to nothing at the outer corner. Finish by using a clean brush to blend the two colours together. Dreamy, no?

Blend in

Trouble making decisions? We say why constrain yourself to a single eyeshadow when you can hedge your bets and create lids as pretty as these. We opted for lilac and mint, and took both colours all the way up to the brow bone, but for a subtler take, fade them out just beyond the eyelid crease.

How To:
Stipple on the mint shade (we used Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Asphyxia) with a fluffy brush so that the colour is diffused, then blend it from the inner corner of your eye to the centre of your eyelid. Next, load on the lilac (try Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Eyeshadow in Hyper Teal) fading it out to nothing at the outer corner. Finish by using a clean brush to blend the two colours together. Dreamy, no?

Twin set

Who says both your lips should be the same colour? At Cushnie et Ochs, models flouted convention with red-over-pink pouts, while at Manish Arora, candyfloss and orange were combined to eye-popping effect. The two-tone trick is also a great way of creating more even-looking lips.

How To:
Choose two tonal colours (we like Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Menace, Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Boysenberry), and use the lighter shade on the upper or lower – whichever is smaller. The look requires considerable precision, though, so arm yourself with a fine-tipped lip brush and make sure you clean it between applications, or you’ll just end up with a hot mess. To set the colours and avoid having to go nil by mouth, hold a single ply sheet of tissue over your lips and dust loose translucent powder over the top.

Two step

Consider forgoing your usual black liner this season in favour of something more standout – a flash of brilliant turquoise offset with accents of lighter blue or white. Eliminate any unwelcome associations of blue eyeliner by keeping the colour to the lower lash line only - it’s a much more modern take on the look.

How To:
Trace along the waterline and lower lashes with a pale turquoise pencil or white pencil like Urban Decay Glide On Eye Pencil in Yeyo, then blend with an eyeshadow brush to soften the colour. Next, outline the tear duct with a brighter azure pencil, like Nars Velvet Eyeliner in Curaçao, continuing beneath the eye to hug the line you’ve already created. For a brave, modern finish, skip mascara and just hold your chin up.

Two step

Consider forgoing your usual black liner this season in favour of something more standout – a flash of brilliant turquoise offset with accents of lighter blue or white. Eliminate any unwelcome associations of blue eyeliner by keeping the colour to the lower lash line only - it’s a much more modern take on the look.

How To:
Trace along the waterline and lower lashes with a pale turquoise pencil or white pencil like Urban Decay Glide On Eye Pencil in Yeyo, then blend with an eyeshadow brush to soften the colour. Next, outline the tear duct with a brighter azure pencil, like Nars Velvet Eyeliner in Curaçao, continuing beneath the eye to hug the line you’ve already created. For a brave, modern finish, skip mascara and just hold your chin up.