Lips and Tips 03.24.15
People say “the eyes are windows to one’s soul”, but a girl’s smile is her most disarming charm. Women keep track of beauty and makeup trends every season, that’s why it’s not surprising to see a wide range of lip colors on a woman’s glam kit. Fall and summer kisses are usually wrapped in orange, coral, and pink hues, while the emergence of fall and winter make dark, red lips the highlight of colder seasons. On some occasions, brides-to-be prefer the natural look and would want to keep their makeup as natural as possible. That’s when peach to nude lips become a top choice.
From lipsticks and lip liners, to lip tints and glosses, we’re taking you to four tips on how to achieve a successful lip makeup like a pro.
1. Blank Canvas
Have you ever wondered why a bright lipstick ends up looking dull or a shade darker when applied on your lips? That’s because our skin tone affects the lipstick color when applied on our lips. Remember how you put primer on your eyelids to achieve the perfect blend of eye shadows? That’s how you should work on your lips, too.
Believe it or not, your ordinary foundation and concealer can do wonders for your lips. While these naturally work to hide blemishes, acne marks and even out your skin tone, foundation and concealer are effective lip primers that can redefine your lip line and also allow the lip color to stay longer.
So how does it work? First, put a small amount of liquid foundation or concealer on your finger and dab gently on your lips (L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup with SPF 17 Sunscreen – N5 True Beige, $5.95; Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation – Cream, $35). Liquid form is perfect for women with chapped lips. Lipstick settles in between the lines when the lips become too dry. You may also opt for a concealer or foundation stick (NYX Cosmetics Lip Primer – Nude; Iman Second to None Stick Foundation – Clay 3, $13.60) by simply smearing it on your lips and then carefully smudging the product using your fingers. Make sure the concealer or foundation reaches the outline of your lips, particularly if your lips have dark edges.
By prepping your lips, you will notice that the lipstick color stays longer when applied on top of the foundation or concealer. You will also achieve the true lipstick color and at the same time, prevent the color from “bleeding”.
2. Think Outside the Lines
Everybody wants to keep up with the youngest Kardashian’s beauty transformation. Though a lot of people think she has undergone lip injections, Kylie Jenner has been doing a fantastic job in making her lips fuller and undeniably succulent with every pout! The dramatic change has been causing a stir as many girls would try out the signature Kylie selfie pout. How does she do it? Simple. That’s what you call overlined lips.
Overlined lips have been one of the latest trends since late last year (thanks to Kylie). Not only does the trick make the lips look lusciously fuller, the lip liner also makes the color stay longer. With so many lip liner colors and brands to choose from, you can create those pouty lips whatever the season is! Red and pink lip liners are great for spring (Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil – OR 310, $18; Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner – 04 Pink Princess, $9.99) and deep reds are perfect for date nights (MAC Fine Point Lip Liner – Sharp, $13). Heading out for drinks with your gal pals? Go dark and edgy with your look by opting for wine and reddish brown shades (Prestige Waterproof Lipstick – Vino, $5.99).
Application is easy. First, dab foundation on your lips. Second, slightly overline your lips with the color of your choice. Make the outline at the top first, then at the bottom. Third, fill your lips using your lip pencil. Fourth, apply lipstick with the exact same shade or similar. Next, blot your lips with tissue. Finally, re-apply lipstick and do the final blotting. This works really well with matte lipstick.
3. Color Me Full
What comes to mind when you hear “kissable lips”? Lips that are kissable are full and juicy with a touch of color. If you have thin lips, exert an effort to make your lips look fuller with specific shades and types of lipstick. Deep reds, reddish browns and black make you look old (especially when they’re matte), so opt for light and vibrant lipstick shades (Max Factor Elixir Lipstick – 610 Angel Pink, $12.99). Women who have dry lips will benefit from highly-pigmented lip colors because of the products’ moisturizing effect (NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick – Thalia, $3.40). Creamy lipsticks are your go-to products when dry lips and lines spoil your look.
You’ll see how easy it is to take off years from your face just by choosing the right product. Aside from light shade lipsticks, lip stains are vital beauty tools that can instantly give off that young, free-spirited glow. Not all women are born with those just-bitten, juicy lips but a smear of lip stain can instantly do the trick for us. Lips stains dry up faster than lip gloss and have longer staying power than lipstick. Applying it can be tricky but when done right (and fast) the color on your lips will look natural. Lip stains come in tubes, roll-ons, and jars (C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint – Pink Mint, $7.50; Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm – Mauve, $16.15).
4. Plump It Like It’s Gloss
The idea of lip gloss brings you back to your ninth grade days when you’re only allowed to put on sheen and not the creamy, vibrant, lipstick meant for your older sister and your mom. While these may seem to be a thing for teens, glosses can quickly turn your lips full and diminish those chapped lines. Now that’s the ultimate secret to get those kissably wet lips!
Application of gloss is super easy. Instead of smearing it like a lipstick from left to right (or vice versa), start at the middle and continue to make feathered outward strokes. Easily spread the gloss by smacking your lips. Since lip glosses only have a hint of color, you can put a coat on top of your lipstick for that added shine, while looking age-appropriate and fabulously young at the same time. You can use a colorless or light colored gloss with added glaze on top of a unique lipstick shade (Lancome Gloss In Love Sparkling Lip Glaze – 200 Just Strass, $27; Christian Dior Dior Addict Gloss – 343 Spring Ball, $29), or choose a high intensity colored gloss for that instant perk. Try on different shades and see what will work best for your skin tone. Nudes, lilacs and pinks will look great on fair-skinned women (Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer – 09 Liquid Petal, $24). Mauves, berries and rose will highlight the natural beauty of medium-skinned women (Fusion Beauty Color Lip Fusion Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump Color Shine – Dream, $32.30), while chocolate, deep reds and plums will create an irresistible effect for dark-skinned ladies (L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss 6 HR – 835 Truffle, $6.93).
For a quick, fresh look in the morning, just put some powder on your face and glide some lip gloss on your lips. No need to add lipstick or lip liner for plumping up your lips!
Whether you’re going out for a shopping trip, attending a wedding, getting through the morning rush or enjoying cocktails with the girls, look astonishingly beautiful by getting your lips tinted the right way. Remember, just one stroke of a lipstick, gloss or tint changes the course of any bad day.