You’ve probably heard of ombré haircolor (darker roots with lighter ends), but now the gradation color trend is moving to the mouth. Here, why you should try it (hint: it has a plumping effect), plus how to get it right.
This makeup technique plumps your pout naturally (no needles needed) in just a few simple steps. It’s also an easy holiday look—pair this two-toned lip with clean skin and mascara and you’re set.
To prep: Since bold lip colors tend to highlight and even exaggerate flaws (like those pesky little lip flakes, for example), gently exfoliating your lips is essential for a smooth application and finish. To slough off dead skin cells, massage a scrub into lips using small circular motions, then tissue off. DIY it by using a dab of Aquaphor and pinch of sugar.