Great lips can really set off your style, but what’s the best way to choose and apply lipstick or gloss? There are definitely a few do’s and don’t’s when it comes to getting great looking lips. Let’s explore a few lipstick tricks-
1. Don’t Play Up Your Eyes and Mouth
The best approach to makeup is to play up your best feature, so choose between your eyes or your mouth. Women who wear both heavy eye makeup and dark lipstick can look over-done. If you want to wear red lipstick, keep the rest of your makeup light. If you are playing up the eyes, keep your mouth light with a gloss or light lip color that doesn’t stand out.
To get nude lips, cover your lips with concealer or foundation before applying gloss. This renders lips practically colorless and looks great with dark eyeshadow.
2. Plump Up Your Lips
You don’t have to get fillers in your lips to have the bee-stung look. For plumper lips, apply liner just outside your natural lip line, then dab a bit of gloss in the middle of your bottom lip and smack your lips together.
3. Choose the Right Shade
You may like a lipstick on your friend, but it may not look good on you. The best lipstick shade is a shade or two darker than your natural lip colour.
4. The Best Way to Apply Lipstick
There are no real rules to applying lipstick. Some women use special lipstick brushes, while others own one and never use it. Some women simply use their middle finger and most women apply it straight from the tube. Choose what’s right for you. As long as the color gets on the lips, you’re good.
5. Use Liner as a Base
Lipstick will last longer if you fill in your lips with the liner first. If you’re using light lipstick, try a nude liner. Then slick your lipstick on top. Lip gloss is infamous for wearing off fast. However, if you fill in your lips with a liner, you’re giving the gloss has something to stick to.
6. Line Before or After?
Some women prefer to apply liner first, arguing that you won’t be able to see the natural line of your lips if you apply lipstick first. However, other women find that their lips look more natural when they line the lips after applying lipstick. Experiment with these two approaches to see which you like best.
7. Avoid Dark Liners With Light Lipstick
Defined lips are great, but make sure the liner matches the lipstick or gloss. Using a dark liner with light lips can look a little off and may even come off as tacky.
8. Properly Test Lipstick in a Store
It’s just plain unhygienic to test lipstick at a Sephora or department store without wiping off the lipstick with a tissue. You can avoid testing on your lips by swiping the stick on your fingertips. It’s a closer fit to your lips than the back of your hand. Also, it’s courteous to wipe off the end of the lipstick before you put it back for another person to try.
9. Don’t Throw Out a Bad Shade
Think twice before you toss that lipstick you really don’t like. It’s entirely possible to create a great lip color by blending lipsticks you don’t like. Give it a try next time and you may be surprised at the results.
10. Prevent Lipstick Marks on Glass
There’s no need to let everyone know which glass is yours by leaving a lipstick print on the rim. To prevent it, discreetly lick your lips before taking a sip from a glass. It really does work.