Gradient lips are always an easy and in beauty technique that can be done by any with only a few products. The traditional gradient lip uses a lip stain, such as Benefit’s Benetint, however, these stains made the center of my lips dry and chapped. After staring at my lipstick collection for a good half an hour, I discovered a way to use lipsticks faster and not put them to waste. Check below for how I do my gradient lip, it’s probably done before, but I just found this utterly fascinating.
Step 1: Moisturize!
Before adding anything to your lips, remember to use a lip balm first to ensure you lips are feeling healthy and moisturized. Any lip balm works, I like using ones that moisturize but aren’t too sticky, such as my Lip Pure lip balm ($5) or NIVEA Soothing Care Stick SPF 20. I love any lip products with SFP because they don’t feel sticky but gives you that needed protection from harmful UV rays. Also, any lip balms with vitamin E, such as the Nivea one, can help protect from and possibly repair damage.
Here’s me before this lip treatment! (I know, scary purple contacts :S)
Step 2: Use a nude lipstick.
Apply a nude lipstick to the outer area of your lips. If you identically added nude lipstick to your whole lip, that’s fine too, just add more of the darker colour in the next step.
A tip when doing a nude lip, blend the edges of your lip colour in to your skin, so that there is no definite line around your lips. Then people will think your lips are “au naturel”.
This is the last step! Just add a darker colour to give your lips some contrast. I would highly suggest a sheer berry colour (NARS Afghan Red $30 or CLINIQUE Black Honey $19) or a cherry red colour (NARS Luxemborg $30 or MAYBELLINE whisper in Who Wore It Red-ER $9). This way, it will go along with the “au naturel” theme and give you a “I just had a popsicle” look.