No makeup look is complete without the perfect shade of lipstick. Whether you want to make a statement with a bold lip or to naturally define and highlight your lips with a more neutral shade, lipstick can take your look to the next level when applied correctly.
It’s not as easy as rubbing a fun color across your lips. The key to a flawless look is precision and patience. Here are some tips for creating an amazing lip look and a few lipstick products that can help you ensure your perfect lips last all day.
How to Put on Lipstick
1) Exfoliate and Moisturize First
Immediately applying lipstick over peeling lips will make that cracked skin more noticeable and cause your lipstick to fade faster. Before applying lipstick, use an exfoliant to remove any dead skin. Many great lip scrubs on the market will do the trick! If you don’t want to invest in a lip scrub, rubbing a toothbrush dipped in some Vaseline over your lips will also do the trick. Next, apply a lip balm or Chapstick to lock in moisture and prevent your lips from drying out underneath your lipstick.
2) Line Your Lips
When you begin putting on lipstick, start by lining the edges. Define the edges of your lips, or slightly overdraw them if you prefer to make your lips look larger. Start at the center of your top lips at your cupid’s bow and carefully trace your lips out to the corners of your mouth. Repeat this motion on your bottom lip. Smile, so your application is even. This can be done with your lipstick, but use a lip lining pencil for even better results.
3) Fill in Your Lips
Using the same motion, fill in your lips with the same shade you used to line your lips. Use your finger to gently smudge in any holes or missing areas. To make your lips look plumper, dab a lighter shade in the center of your lips.
4) Blot and Perfect
Using a paper towel or tissue, blot away any extra lipstick to prevent smudging. For an extra smudge-proof look, add a small amount of translucent powder over your lipstick. To clean up your look, apply concealer around your lips to cover any imperfections and define your lip line.
5) Add a Gloss
For a look that shines, an optional last step is to add lip gloss over your applied lipstick. This will keep your lips from looking dry or cracked.
Long Lasting Lip Makeup Products
1) Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
This liquid lipstick lasts up to 16 hours and is great for a flawless lip look on a budget. Available in a variety of matte shades to match your style, it’s easy to apply and leaves your lips looking pigmented all day.
2) MAC Matte Lipstick
A unique formula makes MAC’s lipsticks a crowd favorite for an effortless lip look. It is formulated to shade and define lips with a pigmented, creamy formula and a no-shine matte finish. These lipsticks are available in hundreds of shades, so you can find the look that’s right for you.
3) Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick
These liquid lipsticks offer a pigmented, matte formula. It dries to a weightless powder meaning you won’t have to worry about smudging. It has a rounded applicator to make lining your lips and applying color effortless. So, if you’re just learning how to apply liquid lipstick, this is an excellent option for you. It’s available in various shades, and its formula makes it easy to layer shades and make your own look.
4) Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
This long-wearing lipstick combines the pigmented colors of a liquid lipstick with a lip stain’s long-lasting powers. Available in a variety of shades, it’s lightweight with an angled applicator for easy application. If you frequently get dry or chapped lips, this lipstick is also infused with avocado oil and vitamin E to keep your lips moisturized.
5) Rimmel London – Lasting Finish Lipstick
An excellent option for a bold look on a budget; this long-lasting lipstick won’t budge for up to eight hours. It features a range of highly pigmented colors to match your skin and style and a creamy formula for comfortable wear.
Lipstick can enhance your entire makeup look. For best results, make sure you prep your lips before applying and apply in a careful and consistent motion to keep your lips looking even. Certain lipsticks will last longer than others, so go for a long-wearing formula if you don’t want to keep reapplying all day.