For some people, a good lipstick shade makes their day but for some it is just another product in their daily makeup regime. Today’s market sees thousands upon thousands of different types of lipsticks – liquid and creams, and they come in every shade and texture finish you could imagine.
Lipstick is normally a staple makeup product in most people’s makeup bag, and usually the finishing touch to a completely makeup look whether for work, shopping or party situations. Whether you have 1 lipstick or 50 lipsticks, there is a shade that will suit you.
Applying lipstick can take 30 seconds or 5 minutes, depending on your purpose or how well you like to make your lips look. There are 5 main steps to make your lips look perfect, and it may take longer to do but you’re guaranteed that your lipstick will last longer.
- Exfoliate: To prepare your lips, remove any existing lipstick with a makeup removal wipe. If you have clean bare lips already, using a soft toothbrush and water, remove any rough or loose dry skin. Then dap your lips dry with a soft towel.
- Primer: Prime your lips by apply a soft and nourishing lip balm, and if you have one, use a lip primer to fill in the lines of your lips and to smooth them out and give a good base colour. Primer is important, as it will help your lipstick stay on longer, and prevents colour changes during hot weather. (When lipstick gets warm, its base substances separate from its pigment, causing its colour to change while you’re wearing it!)
- Lip Liner: Lip liner helps to define the natural shape of your lips and stop lipstick from bleeding. If you look at your lips, you will see that they have a natural white contour and this will be your guide. It doesn’t matter how you apply your lip liner – left to right, right to left, corner to center – as long is it’s accurately lined. It is also important to sharpen your lip liner too so that you get a sharp, precise line.
- Lipstick: Choose your choice of lipstick (liquid, cream or pencil) and you can either apply directly or use a lip brush. A lip brush will help you get more of an even and accurate application but if you’re confident in applying directly from the tube then go ahead.
If you make a little smudge with your lipstick or lip liner or decide you don’t like the colour, don’t worry because you can easily wipe it clean with a makeup remover, let it dry and start again.
Some people are more of a pro than others when applying lipstick but practice certainly does make perfect, and makeup is all about having fun and experimenting with new colours and textures.
Make sure you get your lips pout perfect this #NationalKissingDay and pucker up!