Ombre means having two different colors that are monochromatic. Ombre style has been popular in hair coloring, nail art and yes lips too!Ombre lips can look awesome, but if not done correctly they can make you look very tacky! The secret to doing ombre lips is to first try it out with your regular lip colors.
1. Color Selection
The first step is to understand which two colors can look good together to create the effect.
To decide the colors, pick one color that is your main lip color. Then choose a color that is either lighter than your base color or darker than your base color. But make sure it is similar in hue. The best look for ombre lips is achieved if you use a red lipstick and pair it up with the darkest brown you have. But for starters you should opt for a pink or a dark brown with your red. If you are opting for a pink as your base then use an orange lipstick or a brown one for the ombre effect.
The next step is choosing your technique. There are various ways in which you can create the color gradient of a DIY ombre lips. Having one lip in a darker shade than the other, using the gradient from outer most edge to the inner most part of the lips, or even going horizontally across such that one corner of your mouth is lighter in color than the other corner.
3. Two Tone Effect
The simplest form of ombre lips is to use the lighter shade on one lip and the darker shade on the other lip and then blending them in at inner side of the lips.
4. Outer Devil
The technique of using the colors is to line your lips with a lipliner that is one shade darker than you’re base lipstick color. Keep the line thicker on the corners and taper off as you move to the curve of the lips. Then apply the base lipstick to the lips leaving out the inner most part of the lips. In the inner most part, use the lighter lipstick and top off with clear gloss to even it all out.
5. Inner Devil
This technique is a simple reversal of the previous one. Reverse the use of colors such that inner most part of the lip is darker and the colors get lighter as you move out. This technique looks best if the difference in gradient is not stark. The best is with a pink inner most color and a neutral outermost color.
6. Oomph Effect
The technique involves using a black/brown lipstick or liner. You need to trace a line of black/brown on the inner corners of your mouth and line the lower lip with this as well. Now trace over this line of black or brown with a deep colored lipstick (preferably a wine shade).
7. Other Gradients
Many other variants of the basic techniques exist. You can even play with more than two colors once you are comfortable with the basic concept. Here are some more pictures of beautifully done gradients to create the perfect ombre lips. Then, try the following ombre lip tutorial step by step and get set go with the latest ombre lip makeup look.