Ombre lip tutorial cover

As a beauty product hoarder, I have a tendency to occasionally go overboard with using as many of my favorite pretty colors as possible, sometimes at the risk of muddling them or not allowing them to shine to their full potential. As such, the ombre lip look is one of my favorite makeup trends in recent history, as it allows me to wear multiple shades and have it be a complete, defined look.

While not all ombre looks are created equal (I’m looking at you, Adam Levine’s head), a nicely blended ombre lip is a beautiful way to wear your favorite family of colors (or contrasting ones if you’re feeling really brave). This Halloween,

Step 1: Prep.

Ombre lip tutorial no lipstick step 1

Use a tinted moisturizer on your skin to get an even look, allowing it to go a bit into the edges of your lip line. I’ve been wearing nyakio african beauty cream SPF 20 Sunscreen (which is actually not yet available for purchase online but will be soon and it feels so. good. on my skin, so I strongly recommend it). Apply a moisturizing lip balm to your lips to ensure they’re smooth and ready for color, such as jane iredale LipDrink SPR 15 Lip Balm.

Note: I was wearing dark indigo lipstick all weekend and tried my best to scrub off the pigmentation, but they were still a little stained for these photos. I promise, my lips weren’t bleeding!

Step 2: Apply the base color.

Ombre lip tutorial Make Up For Ever Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 21C

I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Cool Candy 21C to fill in my lips with a pretty pink shade.

Step 3: Apply a darker lip liner.

Samantha Escobar The Gloss ombre lip tutorial Black Dahlia OCC 21C Make Up For Ever

Then, I took a darker lip liner, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Black Dahlia. I blended it toward the inside using a lip brush.

ombre lip tutorial Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics pencil Black Dahlia

What you’re left with is a blended look similar to flower petals.

Step 4: Apply a bright inner shade.

Samantha Escobar The Gloss ombre lip tutorial Black Dahlia OCC 21C Make Up For Ever Off World Lip Tar

While I loved the look of simply the pink and purple together, I wanted to add a bit of sparkle and paleness to the inside (and some shine all over), so I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Lip Tar in Off World, a shimmery pearl lilac color.

Samantha Escobar The Gloss ombre lip tutorial Black Dahlia OCC 21C Make Up For Ever Off World Lip Tar 3

Tada! Now you’ve got a berry ombre lip look. Berry nice, berry nice, hyuck hyuck.

I kept the rest of my makeup fairly tame, as this is a rather focus-grabbing lip look. In addition to the aforementioned products, I used:

How do you feel about the ombre lip look? Tell us in the comments–and be sure to let us know if there are any tutorials you’re hoping to see on The Gloss!