According to Merriam-Webster.com, ombre is defined as “having colors or tones that shade into each other.” Am ombre lip color look is a trend that can be translated into your everyday makeup wardrobe to spice things up a bit. Here are some instructions on how to create an ombre lip color look, whether it is more bold or sedate.
How to Create and Ombre Lip Look
Achieving an ombre, or blended lip color look like the one pictured is easier than you might think. First off, you need good quality products including a lip primer to keep the colors stable on your lip and two or more lip stick shades that complement each other but are distinctly different. If you picture a color wheel, opposite shades on the wheel look great together so that is one way to select shades to match. Another easy way to create an ombre look is to pick one distinct shade you love like a red, pink or purple and then match it with a metallic neutral like gold or silver. A lip brush is helpful in creating an ombre lip look too, though not required. You might also want to have a setting powder on hand to set the lip look when you are finished.
Once you have all the products you need, make sure your lips are well hydrated and not dry or flaky. Then, apply the lip primer to the lips, reading the directions to see if you need to wait for the primer to dry down at all before applying lip color. Once you are ready for lip color, pick your outside color, in the photo shown that is purple, and start feathering color into the lip lightly, building as you go but not reaching all the way into the center of the pout. Make sure when you are done applying the initial color it is appropriately opaque. This is why it is important to have good quality lipsticks because they tend to be more opaque on first swipe than other less-expensive products. Once you are happy with the outside color density, grab the other shade you are working with and with your mouth open, lightly feather the second color into the center of your pout, blending out and over the first color just slightly. By blending the center color into the outside color a bit you get a true ombre that fades from one shade to another. If you want your look to last all day long, get a truly translucent powder, take a miniscule amount onto a brush then apply it while you hold a tissue over your lips. A small amount of the powder will make it through the tissue and will help seal your lip look in place. If you want more shine after applying the powder through the tissue, grab a clear gloss and lightly dab it onto your lips. By lightly dabbing, you will not mix the colors much more and you will not compromise the wear of your ombre lip look.
One other option to create a look like the one pictured is to use an opaque lip color all over your lips with a very color dense lip gloss just in the center of your lips. It is not easy to find lip glosses with enough color to make a bold ombre lip look, but if you want to try this type of style try glosses from brands like Illamasqua and Christina Choi Cosmetics.
While a pastel blue and green ombre lip look requires a very specific time and place, making this look more everyday friendly is simple. Choose two complimentary everyday shades instead, like a beautiful pink with a nude shade. This way it is acceptable in everyday society and if blended well others may not even notice your bit of lip color individuality. Another option is to wear a lip color all over your lips, but only put coordinating gloss over the center of your pout. This way you enhance your look making your lips appear more plump and luscious but you do not stand out in an unattractive way.