Just as the ombré hair dies a bleached and tacky death, the trend pops up on lips, spotted first — like many beauty trends — on Instagram selfies.

To get the dramatic ombre lip, first decide it you’re going for a dramatic or more subtle look. Done wrong and it’s looks like a vampire pout.

For color contouring, pick complementary dark and light shades, just like eye shadow compacts. We like the brand-new Tom Ford six limited-edition shade pairings, which makes it soooo much easier. Pick a color combo and use the dual-ended applicator: one side is a lip brush, meant for precision; the other is a sponge, perfect for buffing and blending.

Shade pairings include mauve, peach, pink, red, burgundy, and nude, which look good on every skin tone. Following soon; two new cheek shades.

Tom Ford ‘Shade & Illuminate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available at Tom Ford ($60) your cheat sheet for the perfect Ombre lip.

 

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