The ombre hair trend seems to be on its way out now, but there’s a new ombre trend on the horizon, and that’s the ombre lip look. The ombre lip can be found all over Instagram and is proving hugely popular with brands, bloggers, make up artists and cosmetic lovers alike.
It’s something you can make as dramatic or as subtle as you like and the beauty and appeal of it is not just its versatility, but its ability to make your pout look extra plump.
What is the Ombre Lip? Essentially it’s a graduation of colour, from dark to light, from either the outer corners inwards or from the lip line top and bottom, towards the inner lip.
While currently experiencing an Instagram revolution, it’s a look that has actually been used over the years on the runways of Dior, Miu Miu, and many more catwalks. The origins are rooted in drag artistry and theatre, where the object was to make lips look as large as possible.
To achieve the look, it’s important to prep and prime the lips to make your amazing work last as long as possible. Exfoliate them, apply balm and apply a primer, such as OCC’s Lip Tar Primer (£13.00) which is full of beautiful ingredients to moisturise and prime. Alternatively you can use a lip pencil as a base.
Your next step is to choose your colours, so for example you want a red ombre look choose two reds, one darker, one lighter. So for this example choose shades such as Gerard Cosmetics Cherry Cordial Lipstick (£12.50) along with a lighter shade such as Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red (£5).
Taking a lip brush such as Cozzette’s P2355 Stylist Lip Brush (£11.95), apply your lighter shade all over the lips, taking care to get good clean lines around the edges, and go over the centres directly from the lipstick bullet after, to get full coverage. Then take your darker shade and add just to the outer corners of the lips, blending it gradually in towards the centre, and the main shade.
The great thing about this look is you can make it as dramatic as you like, taking the dark colour further in, or further along the top and bottom lip line or providing real contrast in the two shades you use. Using OCC’s Lip Tars (£13.00) you could go for something really bold, how about Pool Boy (blue) and Mannequin (bubble gum pink), or something slight less bold but eye catching nonetheless, try combining a peachy coral, with a bubble gum pink, with colours such as Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Fruit Punch and the OCC Lip Tar in Cha-cha. Of course, the look can be used to create a fuller looking pout, while using more natural shades, just pick your favourites, but stick to nude tones with colours such as Daniel Sandler’s Luxury Lipstick in Pucker (£13) combined with Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic or Nude Crème.
The Ombre Lip Look certainly looks like it’s going to be sticking around for a while and we think it’s a great trend that everyone can adapt to suit themselves, regardless of tastes!