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Try these lipstick duos!

Try these lipstick duos

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Catwalk beauty is all about the lip this season. Ombré or gradated colour designs appeared on dozens of runways – in either dramatic tones or very subtle versions. What makes it a fun trend is it gives new life to your lipstick wardrobe. You can now combine different colours to create fashionable makeup looks in minutes. To help make sense of this trend, we’ve asked Lancome’s National Makeup Artist Myles Sexton to share his favourite lipstick duos along with some pro tips.

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Lancome National Makeup Artist Myles Sexton


Runway-inspired lips

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Contrasting Lip Design:  To Create a bold two-toned lip, apply Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Shade 191 along the bottom lip and press lips together. Next, take L’Absolu Rouge in Indecise Sheer and blend the transferred Jezebel onto the top lip to create this look.

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L’Absolu Rouge 191 Jezebel

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L’Absolu Rouge 122 Indecise


lancome ombre lip designOmbré Lip: To create a Ombré landscape lip, apply L’Absolu Rouge in Rouge Flamboyant Matte on the left side of your top and bottom lip. Fade the colour to the center of both lips. From the right side meeting in the center of your lip, blend shade 366 Le Rose PersanMatte. Make sure to blend well in the center of your lips to create a whole new transition of color.

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L’Absolu Rouge Flamboyant 198

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L’Absolu Rouge Le Rose Persan

Lancome rose lip designRose-Inspired Lip – I like to compare this lip look as a beautiful rose. It’s full of dimension and bursting with color. To create this rose-inspired lip look apply Shade 198 Rouge Flamboyant to the edges of your top and bottom lip. Then stipple Shade 378 Rose Lancome in the matte texture in the centre of your top and bottom lip. With a Lip Brush pull the color out from the center of the lips meeting the color on the edges.

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L’Absolu Rouge Flamboyant 198

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L’Absolu Rouge Rose Lancome 378


Subtle lip duos


lancome lip pout chartPink Pout – To create a soft pouty pink lip apply Shade 378 Rose Lancome Matte to the edges of the lip and blend to the center. In the center of the top and bottom lip apply Shade 317 Pourqoui Pas? Sheer and fade it into the edges.  This will create a shiny center to your matte lip making the lips appear more pouty.

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L’Absolu Rouge in Rose Lancome

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L’Absolu Rouge in Pourquoi Pas

lancome lip chart cupid's bowCute Cupid’s Bow Lip – Want a little more lift in your cupid’s bow? Apply Shade 368 Rose Lancome Cream Lipstick on the bottom and top edges of your upper lip but avoid the heart-shaped area your cupid bow makes.  In your cupids bow, apply shade 381 Rendez-Vous Cream lipstick. Applying a slightly lighter color with a shiny texture will create the illusion of a fuller lip.

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L’Absolu Rouge Rose Lancome 368

l'absolu rouge in rendez-vou 381

L’Absolu Rouge Rendez-Vous 381

lancome lip chartFuller-Looking Lip Design – Tiny upper or lower Lip? For a fuller upper lip, apply shade 321 Happy Rose Sheer to the bottom of your lip  and then apply shade 378 Rose Lancome Sheer to the entire top lip. Make sure to blend the two where they meet in the middle. Applying a slightly lighter color to your entire upper lip will create the illusion of more fullness. To create a larger bottom lip reverse these lip shades doing 321 on the top lip and 378 on the bottom.

l'absolu rouge in rendez-vou 381

L’Absolu Rouge 321 Happy Rose

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L’Absolu Rouge Rose Lancome


Tip: If you need to quickly clean up the edges of your lipstick try using a transparent lip pencil.

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Lancome is available in Canada at Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com


  • Reply
    Wendy Lam-Vechi
    April 13, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Oh wow. Never thought of applying two colours on the lips. Great tip. Will try this!

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    November 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Going to try this with my new reds. @McMoyra

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    Ayesha Bhayat
    November 22, 2016 at 7:19 am

    This is a very informative write up.
    Really helpfully for playing around with new lip shades this holidays without having to buy new products

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    amanda Peltomaki
    November 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Beautiful colours. Great tips! Thank you Dave @amissamanda

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    Mary MassaroKehoe
    November 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I love a dramatic lipstick after a matching pencil Colors are FAB

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    Christine Christensen
    November 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Abdolutely beautiful! Thank you for showing us ways to make our lips pretty.

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    Melanie E
    November 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Interesting lipstick combo! I would like try them out! Thanks for the great info, Dave! @MaraMel

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    Barbara Chase
    November 17, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I’m a lipstick enthusiast and LOVE LOVE LOVE these creations! Finally, we’re having a blast with bright/dark lip combinations!!! ❤???? @barbiechs

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    Grieta Allison
    November 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    This looks like so much fun!

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    November 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Wow,such a different look to sport…. and beautiful colours . I think Matt lipsticks do this the best…thanks for the great idea @clarklawlor

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    Sheila Eghanian
    November 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Love it! Pink Pout & Fuller lip design are my fav. More brands should come up with how-to create looks for their products ????

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    Ginger Henderson
    November 16, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Such a nice article. I love these color shades. They are all just lovely. @ghenderson1013

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    Jennifer Corrigan
    November 16, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing Dave yes would definitely try these new looks for sure!!! @jenni40

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    Adele Wright
    November 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Love this ! Lipstick, Lipstick,Lipstick My favourite product! @AdeleAWright

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    September Dee
    November 16, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Very nice looks and fun to experiment with something new!

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    Gail Siemko
    November 16, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I am very #confident that even at my age and with my fair skin, I could wear these #Liplooks loving the #RedLip ❤️️????thanks Dave for all of the hard work and Great Friendships you provide for all of your BFFS! #JustaGail


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    Loretta Chow
    November 16, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Thanks, Dave, for sharing!

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    Maria D.
    November 16, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I love the look!

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    Liz Howard
    November 16, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I absolutely love this look, thanks for sharing!!!

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    Kiki Veliki
    November 16, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Thank you Dave!!!!! wonderful !!!!!

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    Cat Forsley
    November 16, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Wonderful article !!!!!

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    November 16, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Beautiful colors and great lipstick pro tips !@MarcoyanniDepy

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    Kathy Leveque
    November 16, 2016 at 7:20 am

    The colours are so beautiful.@kathyleveque1

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    November 16, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I would clearly try this. Love the colors. So rich????????????

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    November 15, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    love it! Not sure I can pull it off, but it’s very cool!


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