Greeting ghouls and goblins. In honor of Halloween’s approach, this post is dedicated to one versatile beauty look, which is the perfect finish for any costume. Behold: the ombre lip. Its deceivingly simple to duplicate.
The first thing I do when I’m going to be wearing lipstick is exfoliate my lips. I usually use Lush Ocean Salt, but warm water and a towel works too.
After that, the first thing i do is put concealer on them. This will ultimately help the lip color stay on, as well as allow you to define the shape of your lip easier.
After concealing, begin by lining the outer top and bottom of your lips with a dark liner. I used Night Moth, by Mac. These lines will dictate where the darkest part of the ombre will be, as well as define the outer corners of your mouth.
After defining the outer corners of your mouth, begin to fill in with the lip liner, gradually getting lighter as you work your way towards the center of your lips. After laying down the initial lip liner, use a lip brush to make the the gradient from light to dark appear smoother. ( the first picture is before smoothing the color with a lip brush).
The final step is to apply your red lipstick over the lip liner. Start from the center, and move out to the corners, to keep the center of your lips light and bright. If you want to make the corners darker, you can go back over them with the liner after.
A lip like this is the perfect finish for nearly any costume. Dress in all black and be a witch or a vampire. Or even channel a Gwen Stefani inspired rockabilly beauty. The possibilities are endless!