What came first? Ombre lips or Ombre hair?
I have no idea, but both are trends that I really like! There are also tons of color varieties and ways to do it, so there’s not really just one way you’re restricted to doing it. I think the most popular variety would be a dark outline and a lighter center of the lip, or the exact opposite. The dark inside and lighter on the outside look is especially popular in k-beauty.
My favorite variety is a dark lipstick on the upper lip and on the inside of the bottom lip that fades down into a brighter lipstick. I have tried two varieties here, one with a warm purple and one with a cold toned purple.
A swift google search showed me articles about ombre lips all the way back to 2011, and for ombre hair it showed back to 2013.. So they weren’t far apart, and I’m sure that if you combined the two you would be like the coolest person ever, right? I’m sure there is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Anyways, the general idea of the ombre lip is to first use the darkest shade to “contour” your lips, then use the lighter one to “highlight” them. You can blend the colors together to make it a faded look, or keep the harsh edges to make the ombre more pronounced. The results will also depend on what kind of lipsticks you’re using, if they’re a liquid matte, a creamy lipstick, a glossy lip, anything like that. I find normal, creamy lipsticks to be the easiest to work with, but I didn’t have any with a high enough contrast so I ended up using a dark purple liquid lip cream and a lighter purple lip gloss together. You can see below how it went when I tried to use my creamy lipsticks, can’t really see much of an ombre.
I thought it would have worked since one of them was a normal lipstick and the other had a lighter shimmer, but alas, they were too similar in tone for any ombre effect to take place. I guess I have to invest in some darker lipsticks sometime!
Is ombre lips a trend you have tried? Or could it be one that you would want to try? Share your stories (successes and fails) below, I’m eager to hear about it all.