Lip manicure: Get party-ready with Clio & 2NE1's Dara

The divine Dara from mega K-Pop girl group 2NE1 shows us how to pull off the ingenious new liquid lipsticks from Korean beauty brand Clio.

2NE1's Dara looking demure wearing Virgin Kiss Lipnicure in Rumour Coral

If you’ve ever entertained the notion of literally lacquering your lips with your favourite nail polish, don't worry, Clio gets you. The wildly popular Seoul-based brand has released the cheekily named Virgin Kiss Lipnicure, a trio of lip products that echoes the familiar three-step base, colour and top coat regime that’s de rigeur for nail embellishment.

Here’s how it works. Start by slicking on a comforting coat of Clio’s Virgin Kiss Lip Primer (above), essentially a nude chapstick that’s loaded with lush, lip-loving goodness like manuka honey, argan and sweet almond oils.

Bonus: The Primer comes with a decent SPF factor 13, ensuring your smackers won’t be scorched by the sun when you’re out and about.

Next, layer on lashings of colour with the star of the range, the budge-proof and pigment-intense Virgin Kiss Lipnicure. Mix and match swatches on the back of your hand for a bespoke hue, or stick to one signature hue from the sumptuous six-shade suite.

Clio’s flexible film technology prevents slippage even when you’re sipping from a flute of bubbly at a party, and the nifty doe-foot applicator boasts a supremely soft, ergonomic tip that simulates the sensuous touch of a finger – with none of the messiness of manual touch-ups, of course.

Dara again, this time looking smoking hot in an evening-appropriate Tension Red

Experiment by dabbing the applicator into the centre of your lips, then layering a contrasting shade on top. Press your puckers together for a sexy, petal-stained spin on the ombre trend. Clio says that the colour payoff of this liquid lipstick is so gratifying, just one coat is plenty to last you through the day.

For the final flourish, zip your lips with an enamel finish courtesy of Clio’s Virgin Kiss Lipnicure Top Coat, which is chock full of the choicest oils gleaned from nature: Jojoba, rosehip and argan, to name a few.

Interest and puckers piqued? Click “play” to see Clio ambassador Dara from 2NE1 looking pretty in her favourite shades from the Lipnicure collection in our exclusive clip below.

Clio Virgin Kiss Lip Primer, $14.90, Clio Virgin Kiss Lipnicure, $19.90, and Clio Virgin Kiss Lipnicure Top Coat, $15.90, are available at selected Watsons stores. For more information, visit the brand’s Facebook page.


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