FOTD: Two-Tone Lip Makeup Look

February 27, 2010

The two-tone lip first made its debut on the runway at the Emanuel Ungaro A/W 2009 RTW show where beauty guru Tom Pecheux used an orange lipstick (MAC Morange) on the upper lip and a dark fuchsia (MAC Violette) on the lower. This year, a similar look was created by MAC for the Nanette Lepore A/W 2009 show. Lip Pencil in Magenta and a new lipstick launching this fall topped the upper lip while the lower lip was painted with Lip Pencil in Burgundy, Lipstick in Odyssey and Pro Lipstick in Charred Red – again by MAC.

I personally think the look is cute but it’s definitely not for everyday. Depending on the colors you use, it can also be a great look for spring. Read on to see my take on it!

Emanuel Ungaro Fall 2009 and Nanette Lepore Fall 2010

Here is me wearing MAC Morange Lipstick on my upper lip with MAC Show Orchid Lipstick on the bottom.

Two Tone Lip Makeup

And a twist on the look with MAC Lavender Whip (a light lavender) on top and MAC Impassioned Lipstick (a fuchsia) on the bottom.

Two Tone Lip

Do you guys like the look? Will you be rocking it this spring/fall?


  • Reply amy February 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    honestly, i don’t like it. i think i’d stick with a one toned lipcolor 🙂

  • Reply Nicole February 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    It looks good on you but I don’t think I can pull it off.

  • Reply AtelierGal February 28, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I don’t think I can pull it off nor dare to wear the look out :/
    Looks good on photography though

  • Reply Mimi February 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Just for fun, I want to try this look in front of a mirror and see how it turns out. I`m not really confident that it`ll turn out great as yours or the models posted on top…But it`s still worth a shot.

    Phyllis, what kind of eye makeup would you recommend this with?

  • Reply Charmaine February 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I’m in love with the 2nd combination look that you did!

    Tried the 2-toned look myself and it turned out like this:

  • Reply Phyllis February 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm


    I’d definitely pair the look with minimal eye makeup. I’m wearing a sheer wash of eyeshadow in the picture but just a bit of eyeliner and mascara should do.

  • Reply Phyllis February 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks Charmaine! I like yours too =)

  • Reply Cynthia March 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I never would thought of this wearing two tone shades of lipstick. I find myself a bit old fashion and like to stick with one shade of lipstick. I like the second shade – the twist on the look with MAC Lavender Whip (a light lavender) on top and MAC Impassioned Lipstick (a fuchsia) on the bottom – I think that’s do-able for spring look and you look good in it.

  • Reply Emily March 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I think the two-tone lip-look is really interesting. Definitely great for editorial/high-fashion photos, but I don’t think I’d really wear it out.

    • Reply Franca August 24, 2012 at 5:26 am

      will have to agree on that my though exactly

  • Reply Emily March 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I feel like this look looks best when the colors complement each other and are matte. Thanks for a great idea for spring, Phyllis!

  • Reply Taj March 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I have always thought about wearing two tones on the lips, except that my idea is less dramatic : lighter on the upper and deeper on the lower, as light tends to strike on the lower lip than the upper, right?

  • Reply Sharyn March 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I think it looks great on the models and I can really see it being done in editorials. It’s unique and there are so many color combinations possible. I don’t think I would be able to wear this out, but that won’t stop me from trying at home.

  • Reply Allie March 14, 2010 at 2:39 am

    So pretty! This is really a great idea. And may I ask what kind of contacts you are wearing in this? They’re gorgeous. 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca April 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Fun and refreshing!

  • Reply Andrea May 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    i love it, can’t wait to try it. Think of the combo’s!

  • Reply mellet June 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

    pretty different and interesting…i would try this look sometimes but prolly not everyday outside look…btw i like the second picture combination to ur lips is awesome 🙂

  • Reply Ronah August 18, 2010 at 3:16 am

    hey it’s fun!

  • Reply zoozii October 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    yeah .. coz they hav veeeery thin upper lip thats why

  • Reply Sarah November 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I’m with you i really dont like it but i dont care if t becomes the next “thing” i dont think id do it then but i mean whatever it doesnt matter really

  • Reply Sarah November 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    no offense

  • Reply Sarah November 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    i didn’t really like the orange but i liked the light and dark pink

  • Reply Nysha Bommy June 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    oh yeah i love 2 tone lips

  • Reply Joanna July 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    This is stunning. Definitely trying this when I have some spare time!

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