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Master a trendy ombre lip in 5 easy steps

Ivy Boyd is a beauty blogger and a makeup artist who has previously worked for Sephora and as a graphic designer. She studied art in college and brings that approach to her makeup artistry and YouTube tutorials. Ivy loves everything from...

The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks

The ombre lip trend is one of those looks that appears far more complicated than it really is. That’s a win for you because it’ll look like you spent tons of time on something that is really quite simple! All you need are two shades of lip color, three to four shades apart, and a white cream color like the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.
The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks
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Step 1

The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks
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First, fill in your lips with the deeper of the two lip colors, leaving the center open. Use a lip liner first if you’d like, as it needs to be neat and precise. No one likes a sloppy ombre lip! I’m using BITE Beauty Matte Cream Lipstick in Juniper. I'll be showing you a red/pink lip, but don't be afraid to experiment with purple and pink, red and coral, peach and nude — the possibilities are endless!

Step 2

The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks
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Now, with your lighter shade, apply a generous amount to just the center of your lips. I am using LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Nymph.

Step 3

The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks
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Press lips together lightly to blend.

The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

Using a lip brush, soften the sides of the lighter color to blend into the deeper shade. Blend sparingly as you don't want to lose the color graduation altogether.

Step 4

The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

With a white cream color, like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, apply a dot to the center of the bottom lip.

Step 5

The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

Grab that lip brush again and blend more. We want our ombre lip looking seamless and effortless.

The ombre lipstick trend is way easier to pull off than it looks
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

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You can stop here for a semi-matte ombre lip or you can dab a bit of clear gloss to the center of your bottom lip for a high-shine ombre lip!

OK, let's be real. Are you super lazy? It's OK — I am too sometimes. You could totally just apply your lipstick as usual and then pop the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk in the center. I like to use two lip colors for a more gradual fade but when time is of the essence, just skip it!

Now try not to kiss anyone and ruin your handiwork! But if you do, at least the lip print you leave will look super cool. Ombre lip prints for everyone!

More: Nail art tutorial: A new take on the ombre nail design

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