What are the exact tools needed to create ombré lips
You really only need
- a lip liner 2-4 shades darker than your lipstick
- a lipstick 2-4 lighter than your lip liner
- a lip brush
You could use two lipstick shades but I find a lip liner gives better definition and stays put all day. You could even just use your fingers to blend the two shades together but a lip brush or even a flat eyeshadow brush will give more precision.
The most wearable version of an ombre lip is just outlining your lipstick with a deeper lip liner color. It creates a gradient/ombre but also helps lips look fuller and more prominent. This technique is used a lot in a more subtle way, but adding more lip liner than normal would turn it into an ombre lip. You could outline the whole lip or just the sides to make your lips look more doll like and pouty. It’s best to use lipsticks/lip liners with a similar finish (all matte or all satin) so it all blends seamlessly together but you could use a shimmery lipstick in the center of the lips for more of a pop.
A more asian/korean inspired ombre lips starts the darkest color in the center of the lips and gets lighter closer out to the lip outline. This creates more of a flushed, youthful look and looks more like a stain. This would be a great option for the summer! A korean ombre lip tends to use creamy or frosted lipsticks while the more western ombre lip opts for liquid matte lipsticks and matte lip liners.