OmbrÃ© is everywhere — ombrÃ© eyes, hair, and even ombrÃ© nails.
But what exactly is ombrÃ©? And can you do it to your lips?
OmbrÃ© is French for an effect with a gradual colour transition from light to dark; for example, with hair, when the ends are deliberately lighter than the roots. Notice I said, “deliberately,” and not the usual “I can’t be bothered with it” regrowth.
And yes, you can do it to your lips. In fact, here’s how!
- 1 x dark lipstick — I used MAC Up The Amp ($14.50 US; $36 AUD)
- 1 x light lipstick (or concealer) — I used one of my favorite lighter colors from a local Australian brand Innoxa Matte Lipstick in Peaches & Cream ($14.95 AUD) because it creates a concealer-like effect
TIPS: I think it’s better to use fairly opaque lip colours for this effect because you want to get enough coverage both with the first dark layer, and then again with the light layer on top. So, ladies, set aside those Rouge Cocos for this look.
Step 1: Apply the darker, opaque lipstick straight from the tube
And I’d suggest leaving the lipliner alone for this, unless you’re going for a ’90s throwback look.
Step 2: Apply the lighter lipstick (or concealer) in the middle of your pout
Step 3: Blend
Using your finger, blend the lighter colour into the darker one, while being careful to leave the edges darker than the middle.
Optional Step 4: Add a clear gloss
An optional step. For more of a modern edge, add a clear gloss on top.
And you’re done! I hope you enjoyed. 🙂