Thursday, 27 November 2014

Lipstick 101

Hello lovelies. You guys know I love lipstick.Today I will be sharing my tips on how to wear lipstick ( especially for us ladies with big lips). Believe it or not some people can get it wrong when it comes to wearing lipstick. I believe that any lipstick is wearable as long as you have a lip liner. Yes lip liner should be written down as a fundamental item in the lipstick bible.

These are the products I use to prep my lips.

Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert but I decided to share some of my tips personal tips.

1) Before lipstick application moisturise your lips. You can use a lip moisturiser of your choice or a lip primer.  Not all lipsticks are moisturising .Lipstick with  matte finishes can be quite drying . Mosturising your lips prepare your lips for that smooth finish . Moisturised lips make lipstick application easier especially for matte lipstick. I believe mosturised lips are also less prone to dry cracked skin so it's a win win situation for me.

 Intense lip moisturisers should be given more time to set before lip stick is applied ( I'd say 5 to 10 minutes). If you really want to you can invest in a lip primer ( which ensures smooth application and long lasting colour).

2) Invest in lip liner and or a lip brush. I can't emphasis how important lip liners are. Lip liners add definition to your lips. You can use them to manipulate how you lips look especially when it comes to amplified lipstick. If you have big lips or lips with no definite shape these tools will come in handy. Without a lip liner when applying certain lipsticks you might get that exploded lip look which also isn't cute. Lip liner colours to invest in are brown and red. Yes Brown is the holy grail of lip liners. As it goes with most colours. Lip liners are also great because you can use them as lipsticks. Just fill in your lips, add lip gloss and voila you have it. Here is one of my tips. With nude, pink and other light colours try using a dark lip liner ( let's say a brown, purple or burgundy) This will give you a lovely effect. ( Don't forget to blend). You can apply lip liners before or after the lipstick application it's really up to you. Just experiment to see which technique works best for you.

A lip brush is particular useful when applying your lipstick. For a precise and long lasting finish you should use a lip brush. You can build up your colour intensity gradually and control how much colour you put of your lips.

3) Exfoliate your lips regularly. There are three things you can do to keep your lips exfoliated:
  • use your tooth brush. After you finish brushing your teeth simply brush your lips with your tooth brush. do this in circular motions or your lips to take the dead sink off. Or you could keep and extra tooth brush to do the same thing. 
  • brown sugar and olive oil. You can make your own lip exfoliator. I would advice you not to make two big a batch and buy something to preserve (vitamin E oil) to your home made exfoliator. Keeping it refrigerated will help it not melt. You have to make sure your lip scrub isn't too oily or it may not work. The brown sugar will remove the dead skin and the olive oil will help moisture your lips.
  • buy a lip exfoliator: I am guilty of this. Although sometimes I use my tooth brush. I purchased a lip scrub from Lush about two years ago. I would definitely recommend it as it exfoliates and mositurises at the same time which saves me from using a lip balm right before lipstick application. Of all the 3 things I have mentioned I would say the lush lip exfoliator gives the best results. An added bonus is it tastes yummy and it smells lovely as well. 

4) Don't be afraid to experiment. I am one person who loves to try new things. Most times I mix up my lipsticks. This is great because I get to come up with my own lip colours so I am spoiled for choice when it comes to lip colours. I'd also say do your research before you buy a lip colour it helps to see how it looks on people and the reviews about the lipstick and tips on how to wear it. No lipstick is unwearable that is my motto. It's how you manipulate the lipstick to suit you that counts.

Well I hope my tips where useful and can help someone.

Let me know what you think. Do you have any lipstick tips?



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