A precise pout and an elaborate, graphic eye are cause for a double take.

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A precise pout and an elaborate, graphic eye are cause for a double take.


A classic red lip never goes out of style, but it won’t hurt to turn things up a notch. Add unexpected impact by juxtaposing extreme finishes: Colour the entire lip with Laura Mercier’s Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Power (the perfect cool-tone crimson) before gliding on Laneige’s Intense Lip Gel in No. 10 Squeeze Plum just on the bottom half. Use that same layering effect to bring a fun eyeliner drawing to life. Be sure to use a budge-proof, fine-tip pen like Shu Uemura’s Calligraph:Ink. 

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Dior’s kaleidoscopic range of Diorshow On Stage Liners are begging to be used on a rainbow burst of colours. Brighten peepers with brushes of Per-fékt Beauty’s Lash Perfection Gel, which nourishes lashes and brows with decidedly natural definition. Keep lips soft but well-defined with a healthy sweep of Benefit Cosmetics’ Rockateur Ultra Plush, a rose gold shimmery gloss. 

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A one-two punch of a yellow eyeliner and hot pink lip gets you high impact with little effort. Too Faced’s Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner in Canary Yellow makes drawing a sharp, pigmented wing  a breeze, while Make Up For Ever’s Aqua XL Eye Pencil  in M-40 Matte Pastel Yellow allows you to shade in  varying levels of intensity and gradation. Turn up the heat with Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick in Thrill Seeker, or amp up the glossiness further with  a lavish swipe of Tom Ford’s Lip Lacquer Extreme in Slicker. 

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Go for contrast and pile on the mascara until your lashes are voluminously doll-like, before lifting the effect with a vibrant eyeliner. To finish the Ziggy Stardust look, dab on Kat Von D Beauty’s Everlasting Glimmer Veil in Reverb over NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Endangered Red from the centre of the lips outwards. Finish by pressing dots of Too Faced’s Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipstick in Unicorn Tears between your lips for added holographic lustre, and take a highlighter pencil, like Sephora’s 12hr Contour Eye Pencil in Let It Snow to define your cupid’s bow so that lips look fuller instantly. 

Photographed by Ferry van der Nat

Model: Sanne de Roo/Future Faces 

Makeup: Pernell Kusmus using Dior 

Hair: Romy De Borst using Oolaboo 

Manicure: Romy De Borst using Essie Beauty

Editor: Maroesja De Ruyter