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Cannes Film Festival's biggest beauty trend: the statement lip

May 26, 2015
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The Cannes Film Festival saw the world's most glamorous women from Sienna Miller to Charlotte Casiraghi upping the beauty stakes with show-stopping make-up and sleek updos, but there was one trend that dominated the red carpet: the statement lip. Pinks, bright reds and gothic purples were seen at every event during the festival, from premieres to galas.

We take a look at how to master the season's biggest beauty trend, inspired by Hollywood's A-list.

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Doutzen Kroes rocking a statement red lip

Apply primer

Before you apply any colour, prep your lips and apply primer – this will stop the colour from running when you put the lipstick on.

Outline your lips

Use a lip liner – start at the Cupid's bow of your lips and work outwards. You can also apply the colour to the corners of your lips for extra definition. Try and choose a shade as close to your lipstick as possible, to make it easier to blend.

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Sienna Miller did gothic chic at the premiere of Carol

Apply lipstick

Start from the centre of your lips and work outwards. Use a lip brush instead of applying the lipstick directly – this will make it easier to gradually build up the colour, which is especially handy if you're trying out the trend for the first time.

Apply translucent powder

Take a regular tissue and separate its layers. Place one layer lightly over your freshly applied colour, and then use a big brush to lightly dust some powder foundation on your lips, through the tissue. Once you are done, apply another layer of colour to finish off the look – the powder will set the colour.

Complete the look

If you're opting for a bright red statement lip, try and keep the rest of your make-up simple to avoid overloading. However, burgundy and dark purple shades can look great with dark smokey eyes for a gothic look, while bright pinks can make for a vibrant summer finish when teamed with colourful eyeshadows.