Putting on your lipstick
Reading the title of the article, you must be thinking “come on! Are you serious? How can a simple process as applying lipstick be such a tedious task?” etc. But trust me when I say this, applying lipstick can reveal a lot about yourself. Your lips are a very important part of not only your face, but also your whole persona. How?
Well, being a lady, you don’t need my advice to suggest that the whole focus of anyone lies in the interplay between your eyes and your lips. So, if you can “hold” someone with your eyes, your lips can be a spoil sport if a proper lipstick is either applied in a wrong manner or of the wrong color. There are many different ways to apply lipstick, but a few extra steps can not only make your lipstick last longer, but also appear smoother and crisper.
The entire process is quite intimidating – from picking the right color, to applying it without looking like a clown, to having it stay put for more than 10 minutes. Since these lip colors can be quite harmful to the delicate skin of your lips, with all their chemical composition. So, it is important to take some care of your lips before applying lip color, to not only provide a protective layer to your skin but also to give a fuller, brighter shade of the color chosen.
- The most important step is to prep your lips. There are three ways to exfoliate – with a toothbrush, a sugar scrub, or using a washcloth dipped in warm water and massaging in small circles.
- Apply an emollient lip balm. This is the first thing to apply when getting ready so that you can leave it on while you do the rest of your make-up and get dressed. The longer it stays on, the softer your lips become.
- Gently remove lip balm. Skipping this step will result in lipstick that doesn’t adhere well.
- Apply foundation to lips. This acts as a primer and creates a neutral canvas. Make sure to smile when putting it on to fill in the cracks so the lipstick will apply evenly.
- Line lips with a pencil in a shade that closely resembles your natural lip color.
- Apply lipstick in a criss-cross pattern at the Cupid’s bow, the outer corners and the bottom of the lip. This would prevent you from exceeding your lip line.
- Working from the initial starting points, use a “connect-the-dots” method to fill in the rest of the lips.
- Blot lips and apply one final layer of lipstick.
- Using a small brush, apply concealer around any areas that need to be cleaned up.
Now, there are also certain other things to keep in mind before you choose a lip color:
- Don’t play up the eyes and the mouth. Women who wear heavy eye makeup and dark lipstick can look clownish. 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.
- Picking the right shade. The best lipstick shade is a shade or 2 darker than your natural lip color. Orange or brown shades, including corals, look good on few people. These shades tend to make teeth appear yellow.
- Never use a dark liner with light lipstick. Defined lips are great, but make sure the liner matches the lipstick or gloss. Dark liner and light lips are tacky.
I hope these tips would help look great next time when you apply your lip color.