I Tried Michelle Phan's Ombré Lip Tutorial

Fading to black never looked so cool.
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Fading to black never looked so cool.

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube -- a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than 5 million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.

"If it's not broke, don't fix it," is my motto when it comes to my makeup routine.

But while having a method and sticking to it makes getting ready in the morning pretty easy, it can get a little boring. So I took to YouTube in the hopes of finding a beauty tutorial that was still within my beauty comfort zone, but with a little twist. When I found Michelle Phan's ombré lipstick how-to, I knew I'd met my match.

The ombré lip is part of a larger autumn makeup tutorial, but if you fast forward to around the 5:11 mark, you can see where I started. Phan created her look with a Cailyn gloss and a navy eyeshadow, but I used MAC's RiRi Woo lipstick and Marc Jacobs Beauty's Styel Eye-Con eyeshadow palette in The Siren to get the look. 

Applying the red lipstick was the easy part (years of practice), but then it came time for the ombré. I've attempted ombré lips before, but I usually blend a black lipstick, like MAC's Cyber, into a red lipstick--never have I used a navy eyeshadow--but I put my trust in Phan and went with it. 

At first the color was intensely blue, so my lips looked more Americana than autumnal, but as I blended the shadow in with my fingertip I started to see the workings of a seamless color fade. I then applied a touch of MAC's Mineralize Rich lipstick in All Out Gorgeous on top for a little shine, and--voila!--I was ombré-ed to perfection. See the proof below and be sure to try this one out yourself. 

Look at this mug. Photo: Nina Frazier Hansen/Fashionista

Look at this mug. Photo: Nina Frazier Hansen/Fashionista