Posts Tagged ‘ombre’

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photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Hey tastemakers, this one’s for you! Ombré, with its gorgeous slow fade from dark to light, has found its way from fashion to hair color and ended up smack on your lips! It’s not just a trendy look though, it’s actually a really pretty effect that highlights your top lip, bringing all of the attention there. And there’s something a little effortless and less “done up” about not having your bottom lip as dark as your top lip. Anyway, I’m loving it lately and wanted to share the easiest way to re-create it yourself. (more…)

PRETTY POLISH IDEA

photos + post by Kristin Ess

First of all, sorry for the lack of posts this week. By now you know that Lady Conrad has a brand new book called THE FAME GAME. We joined her on her book tour and that busy schedule left little time for much else. But we’re back and bringing you the ombre stain mani! We’ve seen lots of ombre techniques in the past, but this one is pretty cool because it’s done on your bare nails and has more of a stain effect than looking like actual nail polish. This was much easier than I thought it was going to be, but you should be prepared to practice once or twice before doing the actual mani. It’s all about technique! Here we go:

You will need: 3-4 gradient nail polish colors (dark to light and all in the tonal family), a clear top coat, a triangle makeup sponge, a cup of water, a piece of paper for blotting the polish, a paint brush + nail polish remover for clean up.

  1. Unscrew the lids of your 3 or 4 gradient colors so they’re ready to go. Be careful not to knock them over! Here I used because I was feeling very mermaid inspired.
  2. Get a little cup of water and soak your triangle makeup sponge. Squeeze the sponge out about 80% leaving it damp but not wet. This will keep the polish from soaking up too quickly.
  3. Apply a single line of the darkest color toward the edge of your sponge. The first time, I went over the line twice so that there was enough polish to transfer to the nail.
  4. Next, use the second darkest color and make another line above that one. Coat it twice also. Keep going until you build up your 3-4 colors. NOTE: you want to work somewhat quickly so the polish doesn’t dry out.
  5. Dab your sponge on a piece of paper and you’ll see the colors together but not quite blended.
  6. Bounce it up and down in the same spot a few times and you’ll see how the separation of colors disappears and they become blended!
  7. Line the tip of the sponge up with the tip of your nail and when you’re ready, give it a med-firm press. Bounce it up and down a couple times in that spot. DON’T BE SCARED that you’re going to mess it up because you’re not. If you keep it in the same general spot it will be just fine. It doesn’t have to be exact. If it’s a little off each time you bounce it up and down that’s actually good because it blends the colors even more.
  8. Re-apply a line of each polish color to the sponge for every nail. If you work quickly, you can probably re-apply polish to the sponge for every other nail.
  9. Now you have pretty polish but a mess around your nails.
  10. Take a little polish remover + a paint brush and clean up the sides and aroud the cuticles.
  11. Apply a top coat once the ombre has dried completely. The top coat will also make it appear more blended.

Try it in other colors. We did pink and blue but we’d love to see what you choose! Tweet them to us @TBDofficial and we’ll pin them!

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photo: Lee Broomfield

Ombre is taking over the world! First in fashion (of course!), then with hair (with Kristin and Lauren at the forefront) and now in makeup (love it!).  But unlike fashion and hair, when you apply this concept to makeup, it’s not only about shading, but actually creates a 3-D effect. Which is an added bonus, making the lips look bigger.

Find two contrasting colors that are in the same family, such as:

  • Red & Pink
  • Red & Orange
  • Orange & Pink
  • Purple & Pink
  • Purple & Red
  • Wine & Red
  • Burgundy & Red

Fill in the entire lip with the darker shade. To be clear, this is not the 90′s look of a dark lip liner. You must fill in the entire lip.  Matte finishes work best, so try a matte lipstick or a lipliner. As with any time you use a matte finish, be sure your lips are in the best condition possible and not chapped or scaly (try our lip scrub recipes here).

Then add the pop of color in the center of the lip with the lighter shade. You can use a lip brush or my favorite tool, your finger.  I prefer a matte finish in the lighter shade as well, but you absolutely can use a shimmer or slightly metallic finish (which actually will add even more dimension and make your lips look even bigger).

Here’s a perfect example of this look from Mui Mui’s Fall Ready-To-Wear runway show:

photo: wire image/Mui Mui

And remember whenever you make a bold lip statement, keep the rest of your makeup lowkey as not to compete. Obviously this look is for the adventurous, but you can still apply the concept of adding light to the center of your lips for dimension and a fuller effect.

And please tweet us pictures!!

XO Amy Nadine

COLOR CALLING!

photo: allure mag post designed by kristin ess

When it comes to the root-y look, are you in it for the long haul or are you over it already? Have you tried it and not been able to achieve it? Tell us below. We want to know!

xx kristin