Monday, July 12, 2010

Love It or Loathe It: Two-Tone Lips

It's hard to miss all the hoopla leading up to last week's release of /\/\/\Y/\, M.I.A.'s third album. First her latest video was banned from You Tube. And then came a scathing New York times profile piece by Lynn Hirschberg emphasing the contrasts between M.I.A.'s political pronouncements and now-comfortable lifestyle. M.I.A.'s response? Well, she just couldn't let things slide so she posted Hirschberg's phone number on the net.

I still love her guts though! She's provocative and audacious, but perhaps M.I.A's greatest charm is her refreshingly unique visual sense - like the two-tone lips she's rocking on this cover for Spin.

Last year, everyone was buzzing about this multi-colour lip look after Tom Pecheux for M·A·C Cosmetics created it for an Emanuel Ungaro show.

Images: Glamour

The trick to making two-tone lips look modern (rather than nutty) is to wear colours that aren't too contrast-y. You should also pair them with a bare-looking face otherwise you'll enter into Kath & Kim territory!

So, what's your verdict? It's hardly the type of look you'd wear to the milk bar but isn't this what makeup should be all about? Bold. Fun. Utterly frivolous.

Update: When it comes to two-tone lips, the lovers have it with over 70% of you giving this look the thumbs up!

Love It or Loathe It: Two-Tone Lips
Love It
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  1. I love the two colour tone...It looks great! Kisses darling:)

  2. I love it! I have worn red and fuschsia before but then I forgot that I had 2 tone lips and reapplied the fuschia over the red!!
    ...I would wear it to the milkbar...

    I read the piece and the ensuing hoopla! Her hypocrisy was outed then she takes churlish 'revenge'. She should have just rapped about it.

  3. Love Love Love it ....
    The more colours in the world the better ......

  4. love it - not sure if I could pull it off though. I can see myself rubbing my lips together and getting this strange mish-mashed look of the two colours. Some kind of psychodelic rainbow action that would be more "5 year old kid just got into mum's make-up" than "uber-cool gal wearing two-toned lippy".

  5. that´s cool! i hadn´t seen it before, but it´s original and looks great :)


  6. Looks really cool.:D
    Beauty. Fashion. Interior Design.
    & Life According to Marie.

  7. I'm approving, but I think M.I.A's tones are a tad too muted, Ungaro's look with a bit more of a color pop, work better


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