Ombré lips—with their cool, dual-toned effect—have been all over Instagram and the red carpet, and it’s no surprise why. “Ombré lips are fun, they’re different, and they’re a new way to play with bold color,” says Avon celebrity makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan. And here’s something you’d never guess: They’re actually really, really easy to do. You just need two different lip colors, a daring personality, and these step-by-step instructions.
1) Choose your colors.
“Pick two that aren’t so off from each other, but that give you a bit of a gradient,” says Deenihan, who especially loves vibrant pinks and oranges paired together. “I did that with Lucy Hale recently when I put bright pink on her lips, then mark. Coraltini—a bright orange—just in the center of the pout,” she says. “When they bled together, they looked like rainbow sherbet ice cream! It was super fun and very spring-y.” To get the look, try Avon True Color Ultra Hydrating Lip Color in Poppy Pink with mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Coraltini.
2) Apply your first lip color.
Grab one of your colors (keep in mind, it’s the one that will end up being the most prominent focus of your look), and apply it all over your lips.
3) Go in with color #2.
Next, take your second color and apply it just in the middle of your mouth. (In other words, right at the center of your bottom lip and just under your cupid’s bow on the top lip.)
4) Kiss and combine.
Now comes the big moment: Gently press your lips together a few times (“this kind of bleeds the two shades together,” says Deenihan), smile, and you’re officially ombré-ed and good to go!
*Touch-up tip: Remember to take both colors (and a small purse mirror) with you if you’re going out, since reapplying ombré lips requires a bit more effort than a mindless swipe. “To reapply, take out your mirror, and just redo the whole thing,” says Deenihan. “There’s no way to just do one color and still have the same look.” She adds that you’ll know it’s time for a do-over when the colors have faded—or morphed together into one new hybrid shade.