The Perfect Spring Lip: Ombre Technique

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What is the perfect Spring lip? For me it has to pack a punch of bold colour, be matte so it’s on trend and bright in honour of the new season. Add an interesting 3 dimensional twist that pops and you’re there. The look I’m showing you today is a favourite of mine which got some attention last year when Holly Fulton’s models rocked it on the catwalk walk. This look is pretty and intriguing on the eye, I always have girls asking me what lipstick I’m wearing and the answer is – 3 different ones!

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The two-tone lip, also known as the ombre lip, starting making press last year. It was seen in editorial beauty and on runway and is now making waves in nail art, not to mention its the hair colouring technique everyone wants. You may have considered this look in the past but shied away from it because it can be quite striking and looks like it requires technical skill. Never fear, this look is totally wearable and is really easy to achieve. It can be toned up or down, it’s also totally interchangeable with different colours and techniques so you can go ombre crazy all over your face! Can doesn’t mean you should though…

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The Kit: Lips: Lipstick in Straight Ace by Topshop Makeup, £8. Velvet Finish Lipstick in Flirty Orange by Gosh at Superdrug, £6.49,  Lip Pencil in Magenta, by Mac £12. Rest of face: Blusher in Blushed 10, Moisture Rich Foundation in Warm Beige 3.5 & Skin Foundation in Warm Ivory, all Bobbi Brown. Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Black , Clarins, £21. Browzings in Dark By Benefit £23.50, Contour Clubbin eyeliner in Bleu Neon by Bourjois, £4.99.

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To start take your lip pencil and drawn round the outline of your lips. Remember you can use any combo of lip shades for this technique. *Some others I really love are a two tone red lip using Mac lipliner in Redd,  Mac’s Russian Red lipstick at the corners and a heavy dab of Mac’s Lady Danger on the inside.* The trick of using a lighter shade in the middle of your pout makes your lips bigger and gives your lipstick a 3D effect.

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Secondly, paint on the matching lipstick colour to the first and third part of each lips, essentially the outer corners. Finally add your pop of lighter lipstick to the middle part of both lips. Take your finger or a cotton bud and blur bit where the different colours meet. BE CAREFUL! The more you dab the subtler this look will get and you may end up with some weird brown hue on your lips when the colours mix too much. If you want a really bright lip then you might only need to smack your lips together a few times and you’re done.

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This look suits a perfect complexion dewy or matte. I’m favouring a more matte foundation these days, however one of the foundations I used is a dewy finish I have incorporated it into the foundation mix to give my skin and extra bit of moisture during the harsh and windy weather. A slick of black mascara; I’m loving Intense Definition by Clarins (I’ve bought it 3 times in a row!), the formula is rich and the little head on the brush gets into all the corners so it’s great for manipulating the lashes. If you want to do something else on the eyes and aren’t afraid of colour try a slick of metallic blue liquid eyeliner. I just added a touch of Bleu Neon eyeliner by Bourjois  to the waterline to give my eyes a bit of a brighter look. This look is best worn with a monochrome wardrobe so the makeup really pops.

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Nail Lacquer shown is Bruise by The Lacquer Lab, £7

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