We’ve seen ombre hair, ombre nails and now ombre lips are set to be big news for spring. The trend seen on many a catwalk may seem a bit too OTT or unwearable for a Tuesday in the office, but thanks to these new little pots from Topshop ombre lips could be here to stay. Each of their little palettes contains two complementary tones of a matte and creamy lip colour that can be worn alone or together in order to create the ombre look. These two tones may look a bit out there upon first inspection, but I can happily report back they’re actually really wearable – even for a 32 year old like me who hasn’t been able to fit into Topshop jeans since the 90’s.
The lip creams look powdery and rather like eyeshadow, but when massaged with your index finger they actually produce a really lightweight creamy formula that glides onto lips. Although the lilac tone isn’t a colour I’d normally opt for, on the lips it’s a very pale tone that enhances lips rather than covers them completely – just be aware of dry lips as the texture does have a tendency to cling to every flake or fine line. (Top tip: buff lips with a dry toothbrush or little bit of sugar before application to ensure a flawless finish.) The red tone is actually really flattering thanks to the warmness of the colour; I’d happily wear this alone under a balm or gloss for just a touch of colour. However, the magic happens when both colours are combined…
The best way to create the ombre look is to apply a base of the red colour using a lip brush for a precise result; it’s quite tricky to apply perfectly using your finger as the product is really lightweight and hard to get just right. Add a touch of purple to the inner part of both upper and lower lips, blending delicately with a brush for a finish that’s really wearable; the result not only makes lips look fuller, but it provides a really wearable twist on the lipstick trend which isn’t going anywhere. I really love how lightweight this feels on lips, making it perfect for those of you who don’t really like a heavy lipstick – it feels like a matte cream that can be transformed into a glossy finish with just a touch of balm over the surface. Although it’s not incredibly long-lasting, this is fun, modern and a great way to spend a few quid this spring.
Are you excited to try the lip ombre trend? Would you give these little palettes a go?
The Topshop ‘Lip Ombre’ palettes are available in four colours, priced £9.00 each, in store this week.
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