Ombre Lips: How-To

ombrelipslipstickqueenheadshot  With Lipstick Queen’s Wine Metal & Nude Metal + UD Maui Wowie

In the mood for something a bit different?  The best thing about this look is that it’s not only fun, but you can make it as sedate or audacious as you want. Choose bold, bright colors, or colors that are quite different from each other for a more daring look. For something a bit more conservative, choose muted colors that have a more subtle difference between them.

I like to do this look with Kat Von D’s Poe and Coven, but I seem to have misplaced my Poe! Not to worry, though, for a bold look, I used Lipstick Queen’s Nude Metal and Wine Metal (did somebody say “wine?”), along with Urban Decay’s Maui Wowie eyeshadow.  [Photo Above]  For a more conservative look, I used Bite Beauty’s High Pigment Pencils in Rhubarb and Madeira.  [Photo Below]

ombrefinishedbitebeauty  With Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencils Rhubarb & Madeira

  1. To start, I lined my lips with Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Perfect Spice. Since you will be using more than one color, it is important to use a liner not only to prevent feathering, but to ensure a clean edge.
  2. I then put the first color on the outer corners, and brought toward the center, stopping about a third of the way in. I think it looks better on me with the darker or bolder color on the outside, but you can experiment and use whatever placement you like best.
  3. Next, I put the lighter, or more subdued, color on the center of my lips, and used a brush to slightly bend outward into the other color.
  4. On the bolder look I did with the Lipstick Queen metallic colors, I also dabbed a bit of Urban Decay’s Maui Wowie eyeshadow in the centers to really make my lips pop. You can even use a third lip color if you wish.

Tips: You can re-line your lips afterward if need be. If you are using matte lip colors (like the Kat Von D colors, which tend to drag quite a bit), make sure your lips are well-moisturized in order to allow for easier application and blending. I like to use Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask, but any high-quality moisturizing balm will do. Finally, have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment!

applyliner  Applying lipliner


lipstickqueenwine Lipstick Queen Wine Metal


lipstickqueennude  Lipstick Queen Nude Metal


ombrelipsudmauiwowie  Urban Decay Maui Wowie eyeshadow


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