Ombre Lips: Will You Try This Fall Beauty Trend?

Beauty looks from Miu Miu’s Fall 2011 show and Dior’s Fall 2010 show.
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We’ve seen ombre hair, we’ve tried ombre nails, but have you heard of ombre lips? We were tipped off to this beauty trend on Lauren Conrad’s blog, and were instantly drawn to the subtle shading within the lips. There’s two ways you can go with this look: a lighter color in the middle softly blending into a more pigmented shade (like at the Fall 2011 Miu Miu show on the left) or keeping the color super strong in the middle and fading to almost nothing around the edges (like at the Fall 2010 Dior show on the right. The look is also sometimes known as “wine-stained lips” because it’s reminiscent of, well, a long night after drinking lots of red wine. Not like we’d know from experience or anything…*cough*).

So, you think you’re ready to take the plunge and try this bold lip trend? Amy Nadine from gives some tips for achieving this look on your own. But remember, this isn’t about a light lipstick paired with super dark liner—it’s all about the shading to create a 3-D effect. Let’s make that pout POP!


• Find contrasting colors that are in the same family like red and pink, red and orange, or purple and pink.
• Matte finishes work best. Make sure to fill the ENTIRE lip with the darker base shade to avoid the lip-liner effect.
• To add a lighter color to the center of your lips, dab the color on with your finger or use a brush to blend.
• With a bold lip statement like this one, make sure to keep the rest of your makeup low-key.

Good luck! And, um, for the wine-stained effect, grab a bottle of Merlot and call it a day. Just kidding…sort of.

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