Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Ombre Lips

I haven't done a make-up-slash-tutorial post in quite a while and had an urge to do one today on a look that has become really popular lately. 'Ombre' according to the French dictionary here, means, 'shade/shaded/shading'. In fashion and beauty, ombre relates more to graduation of colour in which one shade turns in to another shade. I'm sure you all know how much ombre is used in the world of fashion and beauty now, especially in relation to hair, nails and clothing. 
It's also been massive on the catwalk as well this year. There has been so many colour combinations and somehow I don't think the look will be disappearing any time soon.
One look of ombre I've really taken a liking to is, 'ombre lips'. I've seen tonnes of Youtube tutorials surfacing on to the internet and loads of people have been trying the look out and posting pictures on Instagram so I thought I'd give it a go. 
I don't think I'm that adventurous to try out some of the colour combinations I've seen (e.g. Orange and Pink/ Green and Pink) but I love Red ombre lips to achieve that velvety look. I have to say it isn't super quick to achieve and does take some time and precision to get it looking really good if you're not a professional make-up artist like me. Even though I've done it a few times now, I still find it tricky. Above is a picture of the products I use to create the lip colour. 

The first step, I feel is really important. Before you apply any colour, the lips MUST be really hydrated. Otherwise when you apply the matte lipstick on top, it will accentuate any cracked or dry areas on your lips. I use, Blistex Relief Cream on my lips for about half an hour before I apply the lipstick. This stuff is really amazing at moisturizing the lips and has a nice tingly feeling. Most importantly, it gets all the dry skin to become really soft so you can just sweep it away. 

Next, I use, Maybelline Coloursensational Lip Liner in number 547, 'Pleasure Me Red' in which I begin to outline my lips. Even though I have a steady hand I find it hard to get the lip-liner to look just right so make sure you take your time and ALWAYS make sure the pencil is super-duper sharp otherwise you won't get a nice line to show-off your lip shape.

The lipstick I use for this look is one of my all-time favourites, MAC's Matte Lipstick in, 'Ruby Woo'. I love this shade, for me it's the perfect colour for a distinctive red lip. Once you've lined your lips, apply this to the rest of your lips being careful around the edges. It is a matte lipstick so you probably will find that it drys out your lips when you wear it all day but it does last hours.

To achieve the ombre look, in the corners of both the upper and lower lips I use, MAC's Lip Pencil in, 'Currant' which is a dark Plum/Purple shade. Do not go to far in the center with this as you want that to be Red only. Make sure you use a lip brush to blend the two shades together and once you've done that you should be left with a lovely ombre lip!
My finished look is below, it's still not perfect but I'm hoping practice will fix that.

Have any of you tried an ombre lip?


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