14/08/2014 12:39 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Ombre Lips: The Beauty Trend Replacing Ombre Hair

At some point in the last five years, it's likely that you've obsessed over ombre hair (it wasn't helped by Bleach London launching a DIY dip-dye range in 2013.) While some say the trend is definitely over, others are still and probably always be attached to it.

So, those fans of all things two-tone will be pleased to hear that the ombre look isn't only for hair. In fact, the ombre lip trend is taking over.


It's not a new look either. One of the best ombre lipstick looks to date was seen on the Prabal Gurung's Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk. Other examples include Dior and Kenneth Cole's Autumn/Winter 2013 shows.

However, the runway isn't the only place to look for inspiration. Huffington Post Style spoke to the CEO of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, David Klasfeld, about the roots of the trend.

"Drag queens have absolutely popularized the look by showing the public at large how easy it is to achieve," Klasfeld said. "Prior to that, it's been a trick of the trade on stage anywhere, be it on the runway or in the theatre, to make lips appear as large as possible without looking overdrawn simply with lip liner."

When it comes to trying the look at home, Klasfeld revealed that a lip pencil is key for creating definition.

There's no need to overload with too many different hues either. "In my opinion, the most successful ombre lip is achieved by using contrasting tones from the same colour family to achieve the look seamlessly," he said.

And the tool of choice? Apply the lip colours with a brush and work from the centre outwards to add fullness.

Want to give it a go? Watch below for a quick lesson in mastering the two-tone trend:

Now all that's left to do is choose your favourite shade...