A Subtle, Less Scary Way to Wear the Ombre Lip Trend

Published in: Guest Post, Makeup Tips/How To

Loving the red ombre lip!

Loving the red ombre lip!

I can’t even tell you how often I’ll be scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram and see all these really cool chicks wearing the coolest makeup trends, then get super bummed because I don’t think I can actually pull them off! But even for makeup trends that are super scary, there’s usually a more wearable way to wear them, although we should all just be brave enough to wear whatever we want, whenevever we want. Of course, that’s easier said than done.

One of those trends I always “pin” but never wear is an ombre lip. I decided to grow a pair and just try it, and it turns out, I love it! And it turned out to be pretty wearable too! I could walk around wearing this and not feel like a crazy person, even though that’s sometimes a liberating feeling. 😉

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I love how customizable ombre lips are; you can literally do whatever colors you want, and make them as dramatic as you want. For my lips here I decided to go with red and coral and fairly subtle.

1. Blank out the color of your lips

The first step is to use the leftover product of whatever you used for your foundation to blank out the color of your lips. This will make the lip colors you use more vibrant and longer lasting.

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Using my leftover foundation on my beautyblender to pat over my lips

2. Line your lips, and bring in the color slightly at the inner corners

Next, use a lip liner in the darkest shade that you want to use for your ombre (gradient) effect. I used an ancient Sephora Collection Lip Liner in a deepish raspberry that I didn’t realize wasn’t available anymore (sorry about that!). Line your lips, and bring in the color slightly at the inner corners.

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Line your lips using the darkest shade

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Sephora Collection Berry lip liner (discontinued)

3. Blend a coordinating lipstick into the liner

Now choose a lighter but coordinating lipstick color, and put that in the center of your lips. Then, blend it into the liner.

Go back and forth between the lip liner and the lipstick a couple of times to make sure the two sort of melt into each other. If you want a more dramatic lip look, choose colors with a lot of contrast between each other! I chose a more orange-toned lighter red from the Chris Chang x MAC collection called MAC Vermillion Vee (this one is limited edition, but it’s still available, so snatch it up if you want it now!)

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Add a lighter shade in the center of the lips…

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MAC x Chris Chang collection Lipstick in Vermillion Vee

4. For even more ombre, add another color

At this point you’ve got a bit of an ombre lip going, but I wanted a little more. Going a few steps lighter, I used Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Unapologetic for a bright pop of coral in the center. Again, go back and forth between this and the previous color to really blend them together well.

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Add a bright coral pop to the center of the lips

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Revlon Matte Balm in Unapologetic

5. For fuller lips, add a pop!

To make my lips look a little fuller, I’m using an old trick and popping a bit of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop in the very center of the lips. Champagne Pop was perfect for this look because it’s almost gold, which goes perfectly with these colors!

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Add a dab of powder highlighter to the very center of the lips…

6. Clean up your lines

To clean up your lines, use a really thin lip brush and some concealer to make things look really sharp.

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Clean up!

Phew! That’s a lot of work for lipstick, but I guess it’s like spending time on eyeshadow or contouring or anything else. It’s a really cool look, and I think I just may take the time to treat my lips to something a little extra special every now and then. 🙂 Next up, purple and lavender!

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The finished look!

I hope I made the ombre lip trend a little less scary for you. Do you think you’ll ever give it a try? Maybe even go a little more dramatic than I did?


Jen Clark


Hi, beautiful! I’m Jen from Jen Leigh Beauty. Now, rather than just talking to myself about makeup, I write it down in a blog. Besides being madly in love with anything I can smear on my face (and sharing pics on Instagram), I’m more in love with my hunky husband, my sweet 2-year-old, and my fluffy fur baby. Thank goodness they put up with the madness, because I love chatting about my favorite things with people who understand the addiction.

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  1. Rachel R. says:

    Very subtle and pretty take on an ombre lip.

  2. susan says:

    Very pretty! Amazingly, for a girl who doesn’t leave the house without blush, under eye concealer, tinted moisturizer/sunscreen, shadow, liner, mascara, & brow pencil, I consider lip liner one step too far LOL.

  3. Becky says:

    Thanks for the talk-through, Jen! It is less scary than I thought!! And it looks great-it really makes the lips look super full!

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  4. Nivedita says:

    I love the overall makeup look. You are right about cool makeup. Not to sound too harsh, but most of the ‘cool’ makeup these days seem to be wearing the person rather than the other way round.

    Yours is such a classy take and you look so glamorously beautiful!
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  5. Lauren says:

    I havent even read the post yet but omg you look like a pinup girl…that’s a compliment! Super talented and you rock that lip color. Ok, gonna read now!

  6. bliss says:

    So pretty!! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Erin says:

    That’s how MM did it!
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  8. kwmechelle says:

    Nailed it! Love the look you created. I’m not much into the ombré lip trend but the look you created seems way more wearable. Good job 😊

  9. Such a pretty pout! And the effect is indeed quite subtle, lovely.
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  10. Amber says:

    I love purple and lavender ombre lips. I also recently did a black and red ombre and it turned out really well. It was kind of hard but worth it!

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