May 13, 2013

The Best Lipstick Tips

 Hey ladies, I've got some beauty tips for you today of the lipstick variety!
Follow these dos and you'll have the creamiest, dreamiest lips you've ever seen!

So you want you're lipstick to stay put? You want it to last all day? Or even just longer that it does now? How can you stop lipstick from bleeding out onto my face? Does it really have to look so uneven? Or dry? WHAT DO I DO?

Hang on girls, I promise there's a solution for you. Never say you can't wear lipstick. If you say that now it's just because you haven't found your proper method yet. I promise. Anyone can wear lipstick it's just a matter of finding the right colour and texture you're happy with. So get playing!

1. Exfoliate and Moisturize - If you have dry lips, this is a must. Be very very gentle and use a light scrub on your lips. If you don't have a store bought lip scrub, baking soda mixed with a little warm water works just as well. Don't use a facial scrub on your lips! It's too harsh on your pretty pout. And of course follow up with a little lip balm. If you're doing this in the day and applying makeup right after, do this about half an hour or an hour before makeup. At night is the best time to exfoliate though, and you should really only have to exfoliate your lips once or twice a week. Don't over-exfoliate those babies. They'll burn!

2. Blot off your Balm - Okay so you've had that moisturizing lip balm on for a while now and it's time for your lipstick. If you've got too slick of a surface that lipstick's going to slide right off your face. Think about it. What's it going to adhere to when you're lips are already covered? Don't wipe it off with a kleenex. That's way too rough. Get out a Qtip and lightly dab off the excess lip balm to make way for your colour.

3. Primer - This is no joke. YES there are lip primers. And YES they are miracle workers. My favourite is actually is the Elizabeth Arden Lip Primer, because it is truly amazing. Do you have darker or lighter spots in your skin pigment that show up under lipstick? Do you find your lipstick smears off fast? Or you apply it only to reveal a very uneven consistency. Try a primer. You will be amazed. Especially with that one in particular.

4. Line Those Lips - Lip Liner will extend the life of the lipstick you've wearing and be a border to keep it where it needs to be. AND did you know it actually acts as a light reflector. That's why you should never have a darker lip liner than your lipstick colour. It can deepen and darken your colour and give it a muddy look. Basically dark lip liner creates shadows, ladies. And we don't want shadows on our face! We like light and glowy skin, right?! So choose a lip liner a shade or two lighter than your lipstick choice. It doesn't even have to be the exact same colour as long as you keep the colour neutral. Always swatch on your hand with your lipstick first so you can see how they work together. If you're nervous about lip liner and really don't understand what to get. Don't be scared, there's a solution for you. There's such a thing as invisible lip liner! It's completely clear. No worries. No mess. And best of all it'll go with all your lipstick!

5. Dab don't Drag - Words can not express how much this is going to help you, my dears. When you drag your lipstick across your lips you're depositing a lot of pigment in a short amount of time. Sure you get the colour on fast, but pretty soon it's going to migrate straight off your lips. If you want long lasting lip colour, you have to dot and dab it on. Stipple that lipstick onto your lips. When you press it on, the lipstick is adhering with a stain effect. And you can apply in layers. If you got too light of a finish the first time, go over it again. Sometimes I just dab on once to give my lips a light stain wash of a colour.

6. Powder It - Okay so you need EXTRA extra wear. Here's what you do. Take translucent face powder or even an eyeshadow colour in a similar colour to your lipstick and lightly transfer it onto your lips with a brush. Again pat it on, but it should be a very sheer amount. If you make it cake-y, later on in the day you will end up with clumps. Yuck.

7. Another Layer - Did you get that powder on? Good! Now we dab on another layer of the lipstick to cover that powder. Now both your first layer and this layer are sticking to the powder in between. It's like a bonding agent. So great!

8. Choices - Here's where you have a couple choices. I love having just a matte look, so I'm not a gloss girl, but lots of women love lip gloss. If you love gloss, get your favourite out lightly dab it onto your lips. The right gloss can actually extend the wear of your lipstick also.

9. Finishing Spray - Many makeup brands offer a finishing or setting spray to set all your makeup when it's done. I really recommend this for a special occassion, like Grad, your wedding or any really special days your makeup has to stay in place no matter what. Follow the instructions on the package, because you need to spray a certain distance away to get a light mist and not a splash of water on your face!

10. Look In The Mirror - One last glance and look! You have such gorgeous lips they almost don't look real! Getting your routine just right will take practice, but you will learn what's right for you and the amount of time you have to do your makeup. You don't have to do all the steps every day. I certainly don't. Skip steps according to your lifestyle and your lipstick will still look fab!

You're all set, so get practicing today! What's your favourite tip? Are there any you already incorporate into your routine?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Marissa xo

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