I recently discovered a really cool technique called Gradient Lip Makeup! It has been around for a while, especially among the Asian community (I think I might be the last Asian to catch up with the trend). ^_^
There are different types of gradient lips but the one I like best is the one that looks like this.:
Bright pink lips going lighter as you go outward. This is a really great way to add a flush of color to your lips at the same time giving it a lightening effect, very daytime friendly and good if you have pigmented lips.
Nude Lip Color from my Sephora Palette
Clarins Joli Rough Lipstick Shade 716
Labello Fruitty Shine in Cherry
This is done by applying a nude lipstic/concealer on the outer part of your lips. Then apply a rosier lip stain or reddish lipstick on the inner part of your lips, this gives the illusion of a small babydoll mouth. Then finish off with a tinted lip balm. Blend.
Speaking of gradient lips, Violent Lips has launched a new collection of gradient lip appliques called Glitteratti Mix Collection. The two-tone gradient effect creates the illusion of lip-contouring and plumping for that perfectly shaped pout - with the added bonus of a lighter handbag as the “Glitterati Effect” lasts for up to 8 hours, without the need for conventional lipliner or lipstick.
For those of you who don't know, Violent Lips is a line of natural and vitamin enhanced temporary lip tattoos that stay put "from the stage to the after-party". It is applied and sealed using water much like a temporary tattoo and removes easily with mineral or baby oil and a textured wipe.