Ombré lips has been amongst the hottest trend in lip makeup. Ombré or dual-toned lips is easy to do and is one of those trends that has been readily adapted from runway to real life. Also known as gradient lips, ombré means using two (or more) different colours on the lips that are form the same family. So, you get a shaded or gradient effect on the lips by fusing two different lip shades and it’s anything but boring. The chosen colours being from the same family, give a multi-hued look to the lips which is quite attractive.
The trend is not new and can be traced back to the 1990s when lining the lips with a lip liner much darker than the lipstick was quite popular on the runways. That was a severe look and ombré lips have come a long way since then. The look today is softer, more playful, even part pop art in its effect. We do love out lipsticks, but wearing just one colour all the time can be boring, isn’t it? Get playful with your lipstick and add more colours to your pout with bright and beautiful ombré or gradient effect that makes the lips look fuller and more feminine than ever.
There are many versions of ombré lip, but if you are a beginner, its best to start with the basic colours and style. The classic ombré lip look calls for using darker shade on the outer edge of the lips which gets lighter towards the center, i.e. start with using darker colour on the outside and lighter colour on the inside. But in the world of beauty and makeup, rules are often broken. You can reverse the shade pattern according to your whim and let your creativity run wild when choosing colours to create a shaded/gradient look.
You can go for vertical or horizontal gradient, combine different textures and formulas (matte, creamy or gloss) and even add glitter, rhinestones, crystals etc. to make the lips look stylish and interesting. The trend is so popular that many brands have come with ombré lipsticks. If you cannot find ombré lipstick, you can use different colour form your lipstick stash to create your own suave ombré lips look.
Despite the popularity, achieving the perfect gradient effect on the lips can be tricky. The wrong mix of colour can make one look cartoonish and not fusing the colours well can make the lips look harsh. When done right, ombré lips can look subtle and chic, and even make the lips appear fuller from certain angles. It is definitely the simplest take on statement lips.
Here are some easy tips to follow while attempting ombre or shaded lips:
Pick two colours from the same family that are very starkly contrasting, like if going for pink, pick a deep pink colour and a soft, pastel pink. If you pick shades that are too similar or with minor colour variation, the gradient will not be evident.
Blending is the key her too. Yes, as important blending your foundation, eyeshadow is, the beauty of blending ombré lips lies in the fact how well you fuse or blend the two colours together. There should be no separating lines visible, and the colours should look like merging into each other without any boundaries.
Semi-matte to matte lipsticks are best for creating dual-toned lips. Avoid creamy lipsticks as the colours may bleed together. Using liquid matte lipstivks also don’t work well as the pigmentation is intense and the blendibility of two colours is not that great. Liquid matte lipsticks dry fast and so creating gradient effect can be challenging. Creamy matte formula that doesn’t dry completely is perfect as it makes blending easy.
A simple way to achieve ombré lips is by using the two colours separately on each lip (one lighter and other darker) and then blending them using a lip brush on the inner side.
Article by: Richa Ranjan