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Petal Lips

As Beauty PRs, we’re constantly stumbling across new make up trends, the ‘it’ hair-do and  the must-have nail art, so we’ve decided to bite the beauty bullet and give them a try ourselves.  We want to know what trends we CAN do, styles we CAN’T carry off and looks that just make you think… ‘DON’T.  ‘That’s SO easy, let’s do it!’ The Beauty team cheered, with enthusiastic faces and make up brushes at the go.  However, after our first #CanCan’tDon’t our confidence (and make up brushes) have had a little bashing.

Not ones to do things by halves, our first challenge was to recreate the ‘Petal’ lip seen at the Christian Dior A/W show, and this is how it went…


Lizzy: I started by dabbing my lips with Bobbi Brown’s Concealer,  then using a lip brush I started applying Maybelline’s ColorSensational Lip Colour in Pink Punch to the inner lip to create the darker tone.  I then applied Barry M’s Lip Paint in Dolly Pink to the outer line of the lip, this created the contrasting lighter tone.I was really impressed with the end result, and it’s great for people (like me) who can’t normally wear a pale pink, but it’s too tricky to acheive.

Verdict: CAN


Christina: I really like the look. I think the By Terry and Lord & Berry combo I did worked well, but in reality I wouldn’t do this look – too much faff!

Verdict: CAN


Jo:  I used Art Deco concealer underneath, then lightly dabbed on Illamasqua with LAQA&CO in the centre. Blotted then deepened the red with an old 17 red. I liked it a lot and think its surprisingly wearable as the red/fuchsia contrast is not obvious in real life. Also because it is more stained it is long lasting.

Verdict: CAN


Amrita: I love the idea of two tone lips and wish I could pull it off but the ratio of hot pink to light pink was just not working so it’s a massive CAN’T for me. I’ll be sticking to a bold block lip from now on!

Verdict: Can’t


Elaine: To create this look I used combination of products including LAQA&CO Fat Lip Pencil in ‘Ring of Fire’ and Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in ‘Ballet’. Although I think the end result looked really cool it’s not for everyone, for starters it took a good 15 minutes to get right and any touch ups would be a nightmare!

Verdict: Can


Felicity: Although harder to achieve than anticipated once I’d got the hang of the petal lip it was surprisingly wearable! Having the darkest colour only in the centre of the lips made a bright pink much less harsh on my pale (read grey!) skin tone. I’ll definitely be wearing it again.

Verdict: Can

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