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

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.


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.

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.

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