More Lipstick Please!
It’s true that I love lipstick, lip liners and lip gloss. I also don’t discriminate against lip stains and lip creams. The one think I get a lot of compliments on is my lipstick color or how my lips look in general. I’m a huge advocate for leaving the house “ready” and my lips are always on point. Lipstick is one thing I never leave home without.
To everyone who compliments my lips and lip color choices, thank you. Here’s ten rules I go by everyday when it comes to applying and savoring lipstick.
1. Use Foundation for the Perfect Nude Lip
When looking to do a “perfect” nude lip, I love to use foundation over the outline of my lips to make them match my skin tone. This gives you a neutral palette to work with and will neutralize the natural pink or red you have in your lips allowing you to go as nude as possible. After you apply the foundation, line lips with a neutral lipliner and then apply lipstick. I always like to apply a little extra or a lighter shade in the pout for a more poutier look. A pouty nude lip is my FAV!
2. How to Plump Up Lips
Yes, it’s true, a sexier fuller lip is hot! For plumper lips, apply liner just outside your natural lip line and gently rub in with your finger to make the line “not so” apparent. Gently dab a nude lipstick in the pout of the bottom lip and blend slightly with a lip brush to even out color.
Dark lipstick will last longer if you line your lips and then color them in with the liner before applying the matching lipstick. This also holds true for a nude lip just make sure it’s the right shade of nude to match your lipstick. This rule is the same for lip gloss. Lip gloss tends to wear off quickly but if the lips are filled in with a liner the gloss will stay on much longer!
3. Always Use a Matching Lipliner
Now, being matchy matchy in this case is okay. It’s not hard to find the right lipliner color when working with reds, and darker colors. You may though have a hard time finding the perfect nude. That’s okay though just be sure it’s not more than two shades darker and be sure to blend your liner with a brush or your finger to make sure a hard line isn’t seen.
4. Eyes vs. Lips
I make it a rule to never wear a dark smokey eye and dark lips at the same time. I’m extremely uncomfortable having so much color and dark make up on my face at once. If you want to wear red lipstick, keep the rest of your makeup neutral and natural looking. If you want eyes that stand out, create a nice, dark smoky eye and keep your lips natural with a nude hue or gloss. You’ll see me wear a played up eye way more than a dark lip. It’s personal preference really just be sure to choose one or the other.
5. Try a Long-Lasting Lip Stain
Lip stains are great for long days. Stains last forever and are great if you don’t have the time to reapply. Be sure to line lips before applying but rest assure your lip color will last all day and then some when using a lip stain.
6. Don’t Throw Out a Lipstick Color you Don’t Like
Never throw out your lipstick if you buy the wrong color! If you can’t take it back, blend it with another lipstick. Blending lipsticks is easy to do and can be fun too.
7. Use Lipstick as Blush
If you love to make sure the make up colors on your face all make sense like I do, then this is a great trick for you! The consistency of lipstick is very similar to a cream blush. To use lipstick as a blush, dab a few dots on the apples of your cheeks and gently blend with a blending sponge. Blend, blend and spread the color up to your hair-line to spread color evenly.
8. Fix and Save Broken Lipstick
If your lipstick breaks, don’t throw it out. Take off the broken portion with a tissue, warm the broken piece of lipstick with a lit match. When its soft, put it back on the base, swivel it down and blend sides with fingers mending the broken lines. Place lipstick in the fridge, uncovered in for 30 minutes.
9. Lipstick Gone?
No it’s not! When your lipstick seems “empty” there’s still plenty left inside the tube. Use a lip brush to get the remainder out of the capsule and use it. You might be pleasantly surprised how much longer your lipstick lasts if you do this.
10. Lips Dry?
I have a hard time with matte lipsticks but I love to wear them. It’s a love hate affair that I’m determined to make work. My lips tend to get very dry with matte lipsticks so I apply Wild Cherry lip balm by Burt’s Bees on my lips before applying my favorite matte color. It works every time and my lips stay happy and healthy too!
What lipstick rules do you go by and what is your favorite trick when applying? Share with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.