A very common way for lip colour to be applied in Korea is the ombre style – that is a dab of colour in the middle of the lips spread out to almost nothing at the outer edges. It’s a subtle way of wearing a bright colour (watch any K-Drama and you will see women with super hot pink dabbed on their lips) and I do sort of like it. I personally wouldn’t wear a dramatic ombre style day to day, but the more subtle two tone lips – yeah, why not!
There are quite a few premade lip products from Korea that make this easy, like this Two Tone Graduation Tint from It’s Skin.
These two tone lipsticks have two shades in one so the idea is you don’t have to second guess where the colours goes or do too much dabbing.
I chose the Rose shade which combines a reddish rose and a almost clear balm.
I am not a fan of really nude lips around the edges because it looks like (on me) I started to apply a colour then forgot to colour the edges. I think it looks better when you use two shades rather than have a ‘foundation’ around the edges! It makes my mouth look really small!
Anyway here is the swatch:
Here is the colour! This tint actually works pretty well for creating the ombre effect. I wish the outer shade wasn’t just a clear balm I wish it was more pigmented but you get the idea in my face pic. There’s quite a lot of pigment in the inner edge and the texture is just like a lip balm. It’s very glossy and softening on the lips which is unusual for a tint. Some Korean tints can be pretty drying and this is not.
On my lips:
For just £5 including shipping (from eBay) this is not a bad buy by any means and it’s good for people who want a to try this look but aren’t too sure how to go about it. I’d like to try more interesting combinations in the future, if I had one criticism is probably that this combo is a bit boring (I know, I know, what the hell do I want!? it’s only a lip stick!).
Let me know if you love or hate Ombre lips!