“Gradient lips” had been a part of makeup techniques for years already, but had only gained its popularity when the Korean actresses adapted it in their TV series and movies. In a nutshell, it can be achieved by applying a light color to your whole lips then a bright or darker color to the center of the lips.
Because my lips are exceptionally dry, the first step I do is apply a lip balm. (Photo above)
Instead of using a concealer, I used NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel (reviewed here), a light, nude pink beige lipstick, and applied it to my whole lips. You can also just apply it to the outer part of the lips. (Photo above)
Then, using a bright pink lipstick like Chanel Rouge Allure in Melodieuse (reviewed here), I applied it to the center of my lips. (Photo above)
Using either a lip brush (or just my fingertips), I lightly spread the red color outwards, to soften it a bit. (Photo above)
Above is the resulting gradient lip effect. It didn’t turn out really good here because I forgot to exfoliate my lips before I started doing the steps, but you get the picture.
Lip gloss can also be added to the center of the lips to add fullness.
Another option if you want a softer gradient lip color is to use a concealer to the outer part of the lips, then a peach, coral or pink lipstick to the center.
It is very easy to do, and a soft gradient lip can be used everyday. Have you tried this? Do you prefer having a full-on lip color over the gradient lip effect?