Ombré lip make-up tutorial

Q: Ombré lips are trending. How can I create this look on clients in salon?

The term ombré – which means tones of colour that shade into each other – is a creative twist that we haven’t been able to get away from the last couple of years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The latest ombré must-have is now all about the lip.

The trend grew in popularity after models walked the catwalks of designers including Dior, Miu Miu, Jason Wu and Kenneth Cole with a strong outer-to-inner lip fade. Since then, make-up pros and enthusiasts have gone wild for a two-tone lip.

If your salon offers make-up services, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends and creating this ombré look on clients isn’t as hard as you’d think. Preparation is the key to pulling it off.

First, apply a lip scrub across the upper and lower lip, followed by a swipe of nourishing balm to moisturise and soften. Leave the balm to sink in for a few minutes and then blot away any excess with a tissue to give you a smooth base.

Carefully apply a dark shade of lip liner to the outline of the lips, creating your shape, and then gradually fill them in with the same pencil – shading towards the corners and middle of the lips. However, remember to leave the centre colour-free, ready for your second tone.

Using your paler lip liner colour, apply it to the middle of the lips before asking your client to press them together to create the ombré effect. They should only do this once as rubbing together too much will cause the colours to blend too much.

For added shine and dimension, press a light gloss into the centre of the lips. To complete the look, tidy up the edges with light application of concealer to really make the ombré pop.

Rachael KeeleyRachael Keeley is head make-up educator for beauty group High Definition and has worked for the company for four years. She regularly works on fashion, beauty and celebrity shoots for magazines.

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