Lip service: Get your ombre on with the latest lip craze

The ombre trend is taking over the world, I tells ya. We’ve seen ombre eyes, nails, hair, clothes, shoes… and so the list goes on. However, some beauty peeps may currently be wondering, what the heck is it? To put it bluntly, ombre is French for an effect with a gradual colour transition from light to dark (think: dip-dyed hair trend). The best bit? It looks rockin’ on your pout! Basically, two shades of super hot lippies are graduated on the lip for a layered finish that’s eye-catching, dramatic and not as hard to achieve as you might think.

Here’s how to get the picture-perfect pout using two gorgeously girlie lippies from YSL:

Step 1: Apply the darker, opaque lipstick onto lips. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Fuschia is a perfect deep purply shade that will glide on.

Step 2: Apply a dab of Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer concealer in the middle of your pout (or alternatively use your own).

Step 3: Apply a lighter shade of lipstick over the concealer. YSL Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in Celestial Mauve a light pinky hue which will add dimension and depth and compliment the darker shade tres perfectly.

Step 4: Blend away. Using your finger, blend the lighter colour into the darker one, while being careful to leave the edges darker than the middle.

Step 5: Add a clear gloss gently over both lip shades to provide a picture-perfect finish. M.A.C Clear Lipglass is my pick.

See, easy peasy!


1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Fuschia, $50,, 2. Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer, $28.95,, 3. YSL Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in Celestial Mauve, $55,, 4. M.A.C Clear Lipglass, $35,

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By Kristina Ioannou

What do you think of the Ombre lip trend? Will you be trying it?

Kristina Ioannou (Beauty Editor)

I like 2pac and lipstick and using the word 'lol' when I have nothing else to say. Lol.

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Totally hot! I love it! Forget a smoky eye, go for a statement lip like this!


She kind of looks a bit, well, dead! Blue lips! Looks great for the show, but harder to translate to real life, in my opinion. x


Looks great on her but I don't think this would work on me


beautiful! I must try this sometime!


this looks amazing on the model, pretty hard to pull off though...


This looks great, I would totally try. A cheats way to achieve this would be to use a temporary lip tatoo in this style.


LOVE IT! Perhaps not for daily wear personally but perfect for dress up with the girls 🙂


Looks amazing. Couldnt do it for work but maybe for a girls night out x


looks amazing, definitely not for casual but i could see this being so eye catching when going out!!


I LOVE the look of this lip!


Wow, that looks amazing, although I'm not sure if anyone but a model could pull it off without gaining strange glances.


Looks so great but so hard to pull off!


Did this for bright Nicki-Minaj pink to nude, was pretty freaking awesome 🙂


So hot! Kinda found out another way to do this by accident! If you use a dark lip liner all over lips, then a lighter lippy (I use a plum lipliner and a red lipstick) then as your lighter colour wears off you get a wonderfully natural-looking and effortless ombre effect.


how long would this last? a whole night?


Gorgeous! Not sure if I could pull it off though...


Wouldnt wear it and not sure how it would last but LOVE it! Gorgeous!