Photograph: Lily Collins in Elie Saab Spring Summer 2014
What is Ombré?
A lot of us must already have sported this style. Most of the two-tone dupattas that you would have had dyed from your neighbourhood boutique or cloth shop are a perfect examples of ombré (pronounced aum-bray). Derived from the French word ‘ombrér’, meaning ‘to shade’, ombré is basically that half-and-half faded gradient look. Though an ombré pattern generally has colours from the same palette (light blue and dark blue or lime green and emerald green), it can also include contrasting colours. The latter is called dégradé.
Ombré is seen everywhere these days - this trend has made its presence felt not only in fashion but also in beauty.
Photograph: Kurti, Rs 1200, Global Desi; and T-shirt, Rs 1595, Nike, both @ Jabong.com
Present technology allows for ombré to be printed as well as woven with multiple threads of gradient colours. Shirts, jeans, dresses, gowns, coats – everything has ombré in it. While designer Giambattista Valli’s ombré gowns were loved by one and all, menswear also saw the trend incorporated on the runways of Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. Back home, our very own Deepika Padukone looked lovely in a Jade by Monica and Karishma ombré sari.
Get the budget-friendly ombré look with this Global Desi ombré kurta for ladies or the Nike T-shirt for men.
A lot of celebrities – male and female – have been seen sporting ombré hair. Short, medium or long; wavy, curly or straight; blond, brown or black – the ombré hair trend, if done well, can suit every hair length, type and colour. Though there are a lot of DIY ideas and video tutorials available online, we suggest you leave it to the professionals. After all, hair colour, unlike makeup, cannot be removed overnight!
Photo credit: Thebeautydepartment.com
Two major trends dominated this segment – the ombré eye shadow and ombré lips. And trust us, they are worth a try!
For the eyes, simply pick three shades from the same palette and go from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner using the lightest, medium and darker shades at equal distances. Remember to blend lightly so that all the shades are visible.
Photo credit: GlamByMeli
For the lips, carefully choose two contrasting shades of pink and peach or red and pink or even pink and orange. Apply the darker shade like a very thick lip liner and fill the remaining inner lips area with the lighter shade. Smudge the darker shade and blend it a bit for neatness. Finally, just purse your lips together and you’re done!
Photo credit: Westelm Blog (Ombré wall); Ziabeauty.com (Ombrémascara)
A little more ombré
In case you thought the list was over, there’s more. Ombré nail paint, ombré mascara, ombré cushions, scarves, furtniture, DIY ombré walls and even ombré cakes are in trend. So go ahead and get some ombré into your life!
Is there a bit of ombré in your wardrobe or beauty dresser? Tell us or share your tips in the comments box below.