Our Quick and Simple Guide to Getting Perfect Ombré Lips

The concept of ombré has been around in beauty for many seasons now. We've seen it on the hair of cool downtown girls and irreverent models (and thought for sure it was dying at the end of 2011--we were wrong), and of course on manicures everywhere. It was only a matter of time before it moved to lipstick. Here's everything you need to know to get the look, from product recommendations to expert application tips.
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The concept of ombré has been around in beauty for many seasons now. We've seen it on the hair of cool downtown girls and irreverent models (and thought for sure it was dying at the end of 2011--we were wrong), and of course on manicures everywhere. It was only a matter of time before it moved to lipstick. Here's everything you need to know to get the look, from product recommendations to expert application tips.
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The concept of ombré has been around in beauty for many seasons now. We've seen it on the hair of cool downtown girls and irreverent models (and thought for sure it was dying at

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How do I choose colors? • Not to state the obvious here, but you need a minimum of two colors.

• You can also add a third color for oomph if you're feeling extra adventurous.

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What are some application tips so I don’t wind up with a big blobby mess?

• Stapleton recommends using a lip brush. “Flip your lip brush to the other side when you work into the lighter colors so you keep the integrity of the color.”

• Skip the gloss. Bryl notes that gloss is likely to smear easily, ruining the look quicker. “Matte lipsticks are ideal because they hold the color in place best and create a canvas for the lighter shade to be faded onto afterwards.”

Click through for some product recommendations for specific color combinations. Still confused? Check out the very user friendly tutuorial below, courtesy of MissChievous.