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8 of our best lipstick tips

Posted on 20 July 2017

A refresher lips of our best lipstick tips…

1. Apply lipstick first, then add lip liner. The lip liner will go on smoother and more easily, and applying lipstick first enables you to see exactly where you need the lip liner. Bonus: When your lip colour starts to fade, the liner and lipstick will fade away together, sparing you the ill-advised “ring” around your lips.

2. Only use lip liner to define the shape of your actual lips. Never create your “own” lip line. Remember, it’s about keeping it natural: You want to enhance your lips, not create new ones.

3. Soften lines. After applying lip liner, trace your finger over it to soften the line. Next, use a concealer lighter than your skin tone to be applied around the very border of your lips to create a bolder look.

4. Set lipstick for lasting power. To make your lipstick last all day, apply the shade, blot with a tissue, and dust a thin layer of powder over lips. Next, reapply the lipstick—this will form a base for longer wearing lip coverage.

5. Try the finger trick. After applying your lip colour, do the “finger trick” to prevent lipstick from getting on your teeth. Put your finger in your mouth and close your lips around your finger. With lips still closed, pull your finger out. Any lip product that would have ended up on your teeth is now on your finger.

6. Choose the method that works for you. Where you begin and end your lipstick application doesn’t matter. Some people apply lipstick in the centre of their lips and work their way to the outer corners, others start applying on one corner of their lips and draw the lipstick on all the way around. The manner of application is personal preference. It’s the end result that counts.

7. Cater to your features. Dark, matte shades will make lips look thinner, while light, glossy, shimmery shades make lips look fuller.

8. Be mindful of how you use your lips. Try to drink from a straw instead of putting your lips smack on the edge of a cup or glass where colour will rub off. The less you eat, drink, kiss, and touch your lips, the longer your lip colour will last.

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