I’ve really been into trying new makeup things lately and getting out my comfort zone. I don’t really have a comfort zone eyeshadow-wise, because I’m not afraid to try anything. However, I almost never wear any lipproducts. And if I’m wearing any, it’s just a nude or rose lipstick. I just don’t really like lip products and how they feel. So, I decided I needed to try more with my lips. And what better way to start than going the extreme: lip arts. I’m a big fan of lip arts! They look extremely cool in pictures, but they also take a lot of skill. So, I did want to start with one of the simpler lip arts. I tried multiple gradients lips and I found what worked best, so today I’m sharing the tips that I worked out to anyone that also wants to start with lip art! Let’s get into the gradients!
We’ll start with the first gradient lip art that I’ve ever done. And I think this one turned out the best of all. I also kind of worked out what the reason for that is. I think the colours in this first lip art are much closer together than in the following lip arts. This makes blending a lot easier, especially if you’re just starting out. So if you feel like practising, definitely don’t underestimate the simple shades!
To get this gradient, I first applied a nude lipliner to outline my lips. Then I applied a nude lipstick near the edges, a pinker lipstick more towards the middle, and a bright pink lipstick in the centre. I first kind of wiggled my lips together to blend it a bit, and then I grabbed a lip brush to help blend it more. To get that pink colour blended better, I also applied a bit of bright pink eyeshadow on top. This is a bit easier to blend, and it helps with making your lips feel less sticky, if that’s something you don’t like. On top I applied a clear lipgloss. This can either make or break the look. If you have a bit quality lipsticks, they won’t really move around when a lipgloss is put on top. However, if you have a low quality lipstick, it may move and you’ll see patches of your own lipcolour shine through. It’s just something you need to experiment with and see which colours work and which don’t. You’ll see more of that in the rest of this article!
And from my favourite gradient, we’ll move immediately onto my least favourite, because we need to celebrate our failures as well. You can learn so much from them! Well, let’s break down what happened in this picture. I chose two colours which are really far apart: black and white. I’m jealous of all the full-lipped girls, because I was already running out of surface to get this blend looking good. In theory, black and white should be able to blend well and their undertones aren’t too far off. However, it’s a big jump from dark to light, so blending it well took a long time, and it didn’t necessarily improve the look when I kept on blending. The thing that makes it also look a bit weird, is that the white lipstick isn’t too pigmented. It is definitely patchy, so that ruins the look a bit. Also, adding lipgloss definitely didn’t improve this look (that’s why I’m not wearing it in the picture). It just moved the colours around and it looked so gross, lol. Yeah, this was not a good attempt.
Here’s another one that I’m not too excited about. I thought I’d show you this one first, so we can end on a good note later. You can definitely tell that these colours were easier to blend than the black and white. Blue and purple are great colours together! However, you can also clearly tell that my lips are very dry. It’s something that I’ve always had, my lips just are almost never soft and always have some patches and lines. We’ll just have to deal with it, I guess. That’s the only thing that made the gradient look a bit weird. It just wouldn’t blend as well, because the blue lipstick would run in the lines. So definitely a big tip: scrub and moisturize your lips before you wear any crazy lip products on them. Most already do this, but I tend to forget about that, so it’s a tip for us forgetful peeps!
Let’s end with a decent looking one. Yellow and red are definitely colours that are easier to blend, but the quality of these colours just wasn’t that high. As you can see, after applying the lipgloss, the red shade is just running in all the lines and turning patchy and such. This is a great example of how lipgloss can change a look for the worst. The most important tip for this type of gradient is just, test your products and try out which ones work best together. Some lipsticks blend better than others and some can’t handle lipgloss.
The moral of the story is: don’t be afraid to make mistakes! As you can see from this post, I managed to get some good tips out of my failures. Just experiment and have fun with it. Lipstick still isn’t my favourite thing to do or wear, but doing such crazy things with it definitely makes it a lot more fun to learn about it. I now know better which lipproducts work for me, and that I have to scrub my lips more often, haha. I hope these tips were of some help to you as well. I want to thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next time!