Ombre lips are the ultimate beauty trend which allows you to get that full lips effect by using only makeup. I’ll teach you how to do an ombre lip makeup, but before we dive into it, you should understand the basics of it.
In essence, an ombre lip effect uses two colors — a lighter one, and a darker one. With the lighter one you highlight the middle of the lip, and with the darker one you contour the lip. Once you blend the two colors, the resulting effect will make the lips appear plump.
Moisturize Your Lips
This is not a mandatory step, but it will make a big difference if you go for it. Before applying the lipstick, use a hydrating lip balm to keep your lips soft and preserve your ombre lips makeup for longer, without creasing. Furthermore, if your lips are rough or flaky, do a quick lip scrub before using the moisturizer.
Outline Your Lips
Pick a lip pencil (which matches the color of the lipstick you plan on applying on top), and start outlining your lips. This will be the darker shade of the ombre. If you want your lips to look even fuller, you could also over-line them. Just don’t go overboard — you don’t want to look like a clown.
Color in the Corners of the Lips to Add Dimension
Color the corners of the lips using the same pencil you used for outlining them. Make sure that you only color in the areas which will be covered by the darker lipstick. This will add dimension and act like a guideline for where your light and dark shades should go.
Apply the Lighter Lipstick First
Take a flat lip brush and apply the lighter lipstick in the middle of your lips. Cover the areas that have not been colored by the dark lip liner, and carefully blend the two colors where they meet.
Next, Go for the Darker Lipstick
Once you are done applying the lighter color, you can take another lip brush (or clean the previous one and re-use it) and apply the dark lipstick color. This one should go in the areas where you used the lip liner.
However, don’t overdo it! You don’t want to have too much dark (or light, for that matter), and end up creating a single block of color when blending. The best would be to start with a little bit of lipstick, and build it up as you go.
Blend, Blend, Blend
The final and most important step toward achieving ombre lips is blending. In fact, blending is key to achieving the ombre effect! Use the same lip brush (or brushes) to seamlessly blend the two colors. Just make sure that you don’t over-blend and end up with a solid color.
Conceal the Imperfections
Using a small precision brush (or any brush that you’re confident in), use a little bit of concealer to define your lips. Apply it in your cupid’s bow, and in the other areas where you were not exactly accurate with the lipstick. This last step will really define your lips, and create that picture-perfect ombre lip makeup you wanted.