How to Apply Lipstick Like an Expert

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It’s my Bday and I am talking about lipstick! Do not ask me why, just thought it was a good topic. Lips are an important aspect of the face. I mean we do use them to communicate and express ourselves verbally and otherwise.

A properly applied lipstick can do wonders for your social, professional…and your private life. Wink, wink! (Tweet it!)

First of all, moist lips are key. I always apply moisturizer to my clients when I began to apply make-up. Lips are typically the last step in a total make up application, therefore pulling the look together. So I leave the balm on the lips until the end. Once I get to the lips, they are plump and moist. I have the client blot off the balm leaving a smooth canvas for easy application of the lip liner and lipstick or gloss. I do the same when doing my own make up, ensuring I take a moment to moisturize my lips before working on my face. You can go with a well known skin care brand like Murad, which is like heaven in a tube to me, or a less price-y yet good drugstore balm like the one from Eucerin will do (there is also a cheaper CVS formula). I use either one of these. Anything that has moisturizing properties and feels good to you while working those dry lips will do. Otherwise, applying lip liner and lipstick to dry lips leaves a patchy, uneven application and is just no bueno.

Okay! Now that lips are moistened and the excess balm is blotted off, time to apply the liner and lipstick. Get your items out and ready for application.

  1. Use lip liner similar in color to the lipstick. To ensure a sharp and precise line, sharpen the pencil prior to use.
  2. If using a lip liner that is slightly darker or lighter than the lipstick, use a lip brush to blend the lipstick into the liner to create a cohesive lip color. Playing with lip liner and lipstick in varying tones can be interesting in seeing the different shades as well as how it changes the appearance of your lip to look bigger or smaller based on the lighter or darker shades.
  3. Relax your mouth and line the upper lip into the shape of your lips, or create the shape that you desire. Most of us have a cupid’s bow (the dip in the middle of your upper lip). Define this by starting in the middle of the upper lip and go outward to the corner. Do this on each side.
  4. Line the bottom lip by starting at the corner toward the middle of the lip on one side and repeat the same on the other side of the lower lip.
  5. Apply your lipstick in the same way as discussed above for the liner application. Use the lipstick itself or use a lip brush that will allow more control of the amount of color applied and precision to your lip itself.
  6. Once applied, look in the mirror at the entire face, see if any enhancements are needed after your lipstick is applied (i.e. maybe add more or less blush to finish the look).

Make sure you exfoliate your lips often. When cleansing and exfoliating your face, do not forget your lips. They need some love to remain smooth, flake and crack free.

There you have it. The perfect lip!

“She was a girl who wore dark lipstick and did not have to speak a word to seduce you.”                     ~Stephen F. Campbell

Live life in style! XO, Lysandra

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