Ombre lips have been a big thing for a few years now, especially in Asia where the preferred style of "ombre" is more of the "stained" look, where there is a deeper or more intense color on the insides of the lips and a lighter, more muted shade around the outsides.
This is not the same as the more dramatic style of ombre lips featured more commonly on social media among Western communities, where the top and bottom lips are different colors, and fade into each other in the center.
Most of us bring two lip products out to achieve that effect, so a few brands have more recently come up with two-toned lipsticks to help reduce clutter in makeup bags. Laneige is the latest to create a series of Two Toned Lip Bars, that aim to to make ombre lips a one-step one-produce process.
The Packaging: It comes in a rectangular plastic tube with a click-on cap and a push-up lever. – press the level down to push the lipstick up (versus the usual method of pushing up /twisting up to get the lipstick up).
Take note: It is very important to note is that you MUST open the cap before pushing the lever – or else you’ll end up with a bumped-end lipstick. The texture of the lipstick is also very slightly softer than your usual lipstick – perhaps due to the level of moisture (which therefore made it slightly softer), as well as the rectangular shape which is thinner than the usual circular bullet (which gives it more bulk and therefore more strength and not so prone to breakage).
The Scent: None.
The bars come with 2 shades stacked diagonally, and what you're supposed to do is to apply them vertically, with the deeper shade towards the center of your lips. (Or outside if you want your lips darker outside.) Just remember to flip the bar upside-down when moving from top lip to bottom lip, cos otherwise you end up with a very strange striped effect instead of an ombre look.
Apply the lip bar vertically on both lips (like shown above).
Flip the lip bar horizonally sideways and run it across the center of each lip just where the 2 colors meet. (When you hold it sideways, you get an automatic mix of both shades, and this allows you to blend out the pale and deep shade on your lips so they fade into each other more beautifully.)
Run a nude lipliner lightly along the borders of your lips to add some definition to the shape if your lips look very thin wearing ombre. The liner won't look obvious but it will help to make the edges of your lips more visible.