Just when we thought that the ombre trend was dead in the water, it gets dragged back up every now and then. The beauty industry has breathed new life in to the ombre trend and even my mum's heard about it this time around! 'It's all the rage in Korea' she tells me as we're hovering over the lipsticks at the beauty counters looking for a new shade for her. 'Have you seen it? Y'know, it's when your lips are two different colours'. She means ombre.
The lip ombre trend has actually been around for a year now, and from what I can remember when the trend first emerged, the idea was to put a single colour of lipstick, pigmented gloss or a stain in the inner part of your lips and blended outwards to get a subtle gradient. When it's done well, it should give the illusion of fuller looking lips. But if it's done badly, it can makes you look a bit ill - like your lips are lacking in colour.
You can use a single colour or two shades - whatever you've got in your make-up bag. But if you want get the lip ombre right in two easy steps, Topshop are selling four different Lip Ombre sets with two complementing shades in each one for a more dramatic effect. At first, I thought they were two balmy lip stains and one part of me thought "Awesome! Two lip colours for the price of one!" and the other part of me I wondered why anyone would buy this when you could just use two lipsticks you've already got.
But actually, the top pan is a highly pigmented balm for the base, and the bottom pan a cream-to-powder for dabbing on to the centre of the lips. I think that having the two different textures will help beginners (like me coz I don't want ill-looking lips) to achieve the right looking gradient.
Topshop have 4 Lip Ombre sets available (Perplex, Astound, Baffle, and Curious) and you can buy them in store or online for £9.00 each.
Is this a beauty trend you'll be trying this Summer?