Beauty Face of the Day Makeup Tutorials

fotd: ombre lips

November 17, 2014

Beauty dare! Would you ever try ombré lips? I recently saw a photo of a beautiful dark purple ombré (or gradient) lip, and thought I’d give it a whirl.


I have a pretty small mouth, so there wasn’t a whole lot of real estate for good colour transitions. This meant I had to over-draw my lips a little, which was the hardest part. Getting it straight and even with such a dark colour is pretty tricky – any little mistake in your line is super noticeable.

Quick update: I’ve gotten some questions about the eyeshadows in this look. I used Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Copper all over my lid, then intensified it with Lucky from Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette. I deepened the outer V and crease with Darkhorse from Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, and finally finished it off with liquid liner and mascara.


The lip colour is something I’ll never be able to replicate again, because it was a custom mix of OCC Lip Tars. I had the perfect colour for this look at home, of course, but since I’m on the road I had to get creative. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know what I mean!

What I did:

1. Carefully CAREFULLY over-lined my lips with NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Prune.
2. Cleaned up the lines with NYX Wonder Pencil in Light, and blended it out with a precision brush
3. Mixed OCC Lip Tar in Rollergirl and NSFW, and applied it all over with a lip brush
4. Mixed OCC Lip Tar in Tarred into the above concoction
5. Applied the darker colour to the very outer corners of my mouth, and blended it inwards
6. Highlighted the centre of my lips with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa


It was a fun experiment, but it took me way longer to do right than I’d initially expected. If you’re planning on trying it out for yourself, be sure to have lots of Q-tips and tissue handy…you’ll need them!