Friday, 13 September 2013

Korean Beauty Trend ~ Gradient Lips

Today I have a small favour to ask of you guys, I know there are so many of you who regularly leave me such sweet comments ~ so please keep reading and I'll ask you all at the end of the post! ^-^

It's absolutely no secret to anyone interested in Korean makeup, fashion, music or dramas that the gradient lip trend is so popular at the moment. I've seen it worn by so many idols, ulzzangs and actresses that I've been admiring it so much recently. If you don't know already, gradient lips basically consist of a heavy or darker colour in the centre of your lips, which fades out gradually - it's usually created using a lip tint, but lipsticks or lipliners can be used too if you wish. There are a few pictures here so you can see what I'm talking about, but it's pretty self explanatory! 


The most basic and simple gradient lips can often be created using just one product, and although it might take a few minutes to get the blending right, it's a pretty quick and easy look that anyone can wear! This picture shows a felt tip brush, which I didn't think of at first, but actually I can imagine they work very well for this look.
 

The thing I like about the gradient lips is that they are so so easy for anyone to pull off. Use a light colour for a super subtle look, but even using a red isn't too bold for college or everyday wear. It's not as statement as a full on red lip, which I find doesn't suit me well, especially since I look pretty young compared to other girls my age in the UK. So this sort of look is perfect for most people really!
 

The thing I think I like the most is that the gradient lips fit so well with the Ulzzang beauty trends I've been swooning over recently. The make you look youthful and sweet, but aren't over the top ~ I guess some people would disagree but it also looks kind of natural with certain colours, like your lips are just a little rosy, which is also a sign of youthfulness.
 

Now you may be wondering why I haven't posted a picture of my attempt at gradient lips. I've been raving about it so much that surely I must have tried it myself right? Wrong. Shameful as it is I don't actually own any lip tints or products suitable for achieving the look. I've been looking around for some time but I just don't know what to buy! This is where you guys come in!

The people I trust more than anyone when it comes to beauty/fashion/hair advice is you guys, since many of you seem to have a great interest in it, and lots of you have experience with many different Korean makeup brands ~ something which I don't yet have. If you have a minute to leave a comment, please leave me recommendations for your favourite lip tints so I can check them out. I'm really counting on you all for some helpful and informed opinions haha - even if you aren't a 'beauty blogger' I'd love to hear which ones you use, since I don't consider myself an expert in makeup either! Thank you so much for reading guys, I look forwards to your comments! ^-^

24 comments:

  1. This is my go-to lip makeup ^___^ My favorite lip tint is from Etude House, it's the Dear Darling Tint #01 (Pink) and #02 (Red) :) I am actually writing a review on it. I will post it soon ♥
    www.majoriezoleta.blogspot.com

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    1. I will definitely check it out, thanks so much for the suggestion, I'll look forwards to reading your post about it hehe^-^ x

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    2. Hello, Emily~! Check out my review on Etude House's Dear Darling Tint ^___^ http://majoriezoleta.blogspot.com/2013/09/review-etude-house-dear-darling-tint-01.html

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    3. Thanks for letting me know, I'll definitely check it out! ^-^ x

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  2. I only tried the cartrice lip tint in berry red -
    I think the color is super cute and it´s so handy :D
    http://www.catrice.eu/en/products/lips/lip-tint/detail/product/liquid-liptint-030.html

    ~minhee :)
    http://just-minhee.blogspot.de/

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    1. I've not heard of that brand before but I'll have a look for sure! Thanks so much for reading and leaving your recommendation, I really appreciate it hehe^-^ x

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  3. I love the gradient lips too!!! *-* But my lips are so pigmented that I need a shit load of lip concealer for gradient lips haha XD
    I would recommend you the Tony Moly lip tint! It's really famous among ulzzangs and I personally love this product~! Maybe I will give it away in my upcomming giveaway so you can get a liptint if you win haha ^-^* That would be awesome ♡ I think the color pop lipsticks by Etude house are really nice too but I haven't tried them yet so I don't know :O

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    1. You're lucky to have pigmented lips haha~ the Tonymoly tint was one I looked into, it does seem to be popular! ^-^ Omg if you did a giveaway I would definitely enter it hehe:D Thanks for reading and leaving your suggestions! x

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  4. It looks pretty, I have not tried doing the gradient lips yet... maybe I should give it a try too =)

    http://www.gwiyomistyle.net/

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    1. You should, I'd love to see your interpretation Yomi! Thanks so much for reading^-^ x

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  5. My favourite is the Etude house lip tints but the tony moly ones are also really nice!

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    1. I'll keep that in mind when I decide which one I want to buy first! Etude House products always catch my eye the most hehe^-^ Thank you so much for reading Charmaine! x

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  6. I tried a few different lip tints, but my usual is Lioele's Pop Tint in Cherry. I've used it in a few different lip gradients and I love it. I've also heard really great things about Etude House's lip tints, and I hear Skin Food's Tomato lip tint is great as well. I actually have used Revlon's Kissable Balm Stains as the product of choice for lip gradients and that's worked decently as well, and it's a lot less drying than regular tints! ^___^b

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    1. I'll definitely check out the Liole one~ but I will also have a look at the Revlon ones next time I'm out, I never really considered using Western brands - but obviously they're more convenient for me hehe^-^ Thank you so much for reading and leaving all your suggestions Anna~ I really appreciate it! :D x

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  7. Ahhh I'd love to try the gradient look one day when my Etude House 'Rosy Tints' arrive * 3 *
    My lips are extremely... pigmented so I'm going to have to use a really light/strong concealer to hide them :')
    xoxo

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    1. Ooh I hope you get to do a review on them, they look really good and I love Etude House products! You're lucky to have pigmented lips hehe~ thank you so much for reading and leaving me a comment! :D x

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  8. Oh, I noticed the gradient lip trend a few weeks ago when I saw a group of Korean girls at Universal Studios wearing it. It looked nice on them, but then I forgot about it when I got home. Thanks for reminding me man!

    I don't really go for lipsticks all too often because I feel they're too intense for my age. My dad has given me a lot of chapsticks, lip balms, and lip glosses though, because of how bad my lips used to be a few years back because I was too lazy to carry that stuff around haha! Right now when I color my lips I like to moisturize with Vaseline or Nivea's A Kiss for Berry Swirl chapstick as a sort of base coat, and then I use Peripera Peri's tint. It has a nice sponge applicator tip thing and the color really pops (although for a regular school day I blot a bit so it looks a bit more natural). I think I actually use the #3 orange; in my opinion the color's a bit more fun and more natural looking than a candy pink.

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    1. Hehe you're welcome! Thanks for the suggestions, I don't tend to wear lipstick very much since they're quite intense for everyday wear~ but I think tints are a nice alternative^-^ I will definitely check out the Peripera one! Thank you for reading:) x

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  9. I seriously looove gradient lips so much! I have two lip tints(etude house, tony moly). I like The Etude house's color more but it doesn't last on my lips for long time :( I want to try the Etude house's new collection's lip tints :) Those look really good!! :D

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    1. Me too, I really want to try it! I think the new Etude House tints look quite good~ you'll have to let me know if you ever get your hands on one! Thank you for reading Eunmi! ^-^ x

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  10. The gradient lips are cute because looks more cute and innocent sometimes!
    Really nice your post!
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com
    I want Invite you to my Firmoo Giveaway! You can win 1 pair of Glasses or Sunglasses. The winner choose the model!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I agree, they definitely look more innocent^-^

      I'll be sure to check out your giveaway!(: x

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  11. I also like this look, but am so bad at doing it on myself! Haha! PS I followed you on Bloglovin' :)

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    1. Haha same, I need more practice>_< thank you so much! I will follow you back as soon as I can! ^-^ x

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