Hey, lovelies, I'm back!
I absolutely love wearing a subtle gradient lip, perhaps even a tad more now that OCC's new pencils have been released--they are amazing! Before I left last week, I posted a feature on the look above, which included a gradient lip. I received quite a few questions about how to do it and what I used. I thought it might be helpful to dedicate a post to it as I don't believe I've done so in the past, so here's a quick break-down on how I create gradient lips using OCC's pencils. Keep in mind you can create a gradient with any combo of colors, these are simply the ones I chose to create a Radiant Orchid effect.
What you'll need:
- OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Anime
- OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Feathered
- OCC lip tar in Narcissus
Step 1 - Line and fill outer portion of lips
Line and fill the edges of your lips using OCC Anime pencil. Don't worry about filling in the center. I like to leave a lemon-shaped area on the center of my lips unfilled for the lighter color.
Step 2 - Fill center of lips
Fill in the center of your lips with OCC Feathered pencil. Blend the edge of Feathered into the edge of Anime. I often gently press my lips together to make sure everything is even once I'm done.
|This is what the finished pencil effect should look like|
Step 3 - Fill in lips with lip tar from the center
Go over your lips with OCC Narcissus lip tar working from the center outwards. Try to be a bit light-handed to prevent moving the liner around too much while work. If you begin from the outside not only will your application on the outer edges be a bit heavier and potentially bleed, but you'll also mix the darker outer color in with the center and possibly end up with less of a gradient effect.
|Here's the final effect once Narcissus lip tar was applied!|
Now you can either leave them as-is for a matte finish or use a clear gloss over your lips. This look is super easy to create and can easily be done in almost as little time as it takes to apply your usual liner/lipstick.
What do you think? Do you like the gradient lip look?