Wednesday, January 1, 2014

BEAUTY: Ombre Lips Tutorial

Because sometimes one lip color just isn't enough.
WHAT YOU NEED
Light to Medium Purple Lipstick {Blackheart Beauty Lipstick in Violet}
Dark Purple Lip Liner or Eyeliner {Jordana Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Purple Fix}
Clear Lip Gloss {Neutrogena Moisturizing Shine Gloss in Clear}
Lip Brush {ELF Retractable Lip Brush}

HOW TO DO IT
First, a lip-related PSA: 
For any bold lip look, I implore you to start by exfoliating your lips. I just rub a wet toothbrush over them. Otherwise, your awesome artwork is overshadowed by dead skin and lumps and we'll have to forever call you "Lumpy Lips" which is just so shameful. 
Thank you, this has been a lip-related PSA.

Start by applying the purple lipstick as you normally would. It's okay if the edges aren't perfect since we'll be messing with them later.

Next, outline your lips generously with the purple eyeliner (or lip liner, if you're lucky enough to have a source for colorful lip liners. If so, WHAT IS YOUR SECRET?!).

Use your lip brush to gently smudge the dark purple liner in toward the lipstick, using short strokes to blend. The goal is to lessen the harshness of the line you originally drew and make the two shades meld together peacefully so that you can't quite tell where one ends and the other begins. Think of this ombre lip as the makeup equivalent of Ice-T and Coco (the people, not the beverages) - you know, seamless, meant to be, etc. etc. 

You could stop here and call it a day (or a night - I'm all about options), and have a softer matte lip look (below), but I'm going to take it one step further because THAT IS WHAT I DO.

I applied a thin coat of clear lip gloss, using the gloss wand to further blend the shades.
Dramatic re-creation. Very pensive.
This version of the final look is a little darker and more blended than without the gloss. Like I said, I'm all about options. This version feels a little more "wearable" than the pre-gloss version, where the ombre is more pronounced, but your version of wearable is obviously up to you. Although, if you're reading a tutorial for a bright purple ombre lip then maybe you also don't care about blending in (unless it is blending in our lipstick in which case we care very much).


Would you wear an ombre lip? Is this just too much work for something that will eventually get lost in a bite of pizza? Are you already plotting other color combinations like I am? Gold and red are calling my name!



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16 comments:

  1. Loved the color combination!! I did this in a full makeup tutorial I did a little while ago, but my colors were not as contrasting as this. I really prefer yours!!!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva
    www.stephanieheva.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww, thanks! I just saw yours and I love it! It looks lovely and would be great for everyday wear. xo

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  2. Ooh ombre lips is so cool! So glad you did this tutorial - the colors are so pretty and the gradient effect looks amazing!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. Thank you! I definitely want to try this technique with other cool colors, too! xo

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  3. This looks so cool, really want to try it out but am gonna have to go out and get some new tools hahaha! BTW I'm pretty sure I've seen some bright hued lip liners over on ASOS!

    Happy New Year!
    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Oh, thanks for the lip liner tip! I'll check that out. If you don't have a lip brush you could try a q-tip or makeup sponge instead. Happy New Year! xo

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  4. Hahaha! You are hilarious. I never knew ombre lips were a thing but it looks great!

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  5. You look lovely, but my favorite part is the ice t snd coco refrence.

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    1. Haha, you KNOW they needed a name drop. xo

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  6. I love this look. I probably would save it for a non-pizza day though, haha.

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  7. love ombre lips! great work girl

    wanna follow each other?
    http://angeliqueprefers.blogspot.gr/2013/12/dresscode-kitchenbar-thessaloniki.html#comment-form

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  8. For lip liners, NYX Cosmetics for sure! They have a pretty extensive color selection and they're super affordable (and a really nice product as well).
    Your dramatic recreation deserves all the awards!

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