Makeup artist Alyssa Green of Artistry by Alyssa shares how she created the plum ombré lips featured on the cover of Carolina Bride’s January issue.
STEP 1: I like to prep the lips before makeup and while applying skincare. Start with a gentle lip scrub like Lush Mint Julips ($11), which will polish and smooth, getting rid of any flaky imperfections. Thoroughly hydrate and soften the lips, using the untinted Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment ($24). Because the finished look is very matte, a nicely hydrated base will prevent the lips from over-drying.
STEP 2: Once the rest of your makeup is complete, use a lip primer before adding any color. I trust the Lippie Primer by ColourPop Cosmetics ($5). It prevents the product from feathering and keeps your lipstick true to color.
STEP 3: A freshly sharpened dark wine lip liner like Nightmoth lip pencil ($15) will define and complement the lighter plum shade to be added in the center. Begin by tracing just outside the natural lip line, using short, controlled strokes. Heavily shade in the corners to naturally create a fuller pout in the center.
STEP 4: Plum tones make a statement without being too loud or bold. Take the liquid lipstick by Anastasia Beverly Hills in the shade Catnip ($20) and apply a light amount with a lip brush, working from the center of the lips outward, softly blending it into the dark liner.
STEP 5: Finally, get that perfect professional finish by cleaning the outside edge of the lip. Take a brush with a flat edge like the MAC Cosmetics #242 ($25) and, using a tiny amount of foundation, trace around the outer edge of the lips.