Prep. Anytime you are making your lips the focal point you need to show them some love. Dry lips and a bold lip color do not mix; the color will cling to dead, dry skin making your lip color look uneven. Exfoliate your lips with a simple DIY scrub of olive oil and sugar to remove dead, dry skin. Remove the scrub completely with a damp towel. This crucial step will allow for a smoother application and help ensure your lipstick lasts longer. You want your lips to be hydrated and smooth prior to lipstick application.
Prime. Gone are the days of matching your lip pencil to your lipstick. Instead, reach for a lip pencil that matches your natural lip color (try M.A.C. Lip Pencil in Subculture for light to medium skin tones and M.A.C. Lip Pencil in Stripdown for darker skin tones) so you can wear it with any shade of lipstick you have. Following your natural shape, line and fill in with your lip pencil. This establishes your shape, prevents lipstick from feathering, and gives the lipstick something to adhere to which increases staying power.
Steady hand. For maximum color payoff, apply your lipstick directly from the tube (save the lip brush for any detail work in the corners of your mouth). Wherever you first apply your lipstick is where you will deposit the most product, start at the center of your bottom lip. Extend the color to the edges of your mouth, top and bottom, and carefully blot your lips together.
Make it last.To further increase your lipsticks longevity, take a coffee filter and use it to blot your lipstick. This simple step helps push the color pigments into the skin to create a stain. Coffee filters don’t leave unattractive lint the way tissues do (they’re also great for wiping down mascara wands and absorbing oil and perspiration on your t-zone in a pinch). Once you have blotted your lips, carefully apply another coat of lipstick.
Perfect. With bold lip colors mistakes are bound to happen. Fret not, clean up with Q-tips soaked in makeup remover to remove any errant stray marks. To polish and tighten the edges of your lips, trace a concealer brush dipped in concealer around your lips to cover any imperfections. Follow this up with a Q-tip dipped in your face powder, if needed, to polish up your bold lips.also great for wiping down mascara wands and absorbing oil and perspiration on your t-zone in a pinch). Once you have blotted your lips, carefully apply another coat of lipstick.
Pull it all together. Keep the focus on your pretty pout, and fill in your brows with eye shadow (try M.A.C. eye shadow in Omega) and an angle brush to darken them just a touch. Bold lips can leave you looking washed out, combat this with soft blush in a pink or peach blended on the apples of your cheeks. Add a swipe of black mascara to complete your bold lip look.
Will you try a bold lip look this season? Any current favorites? I am loving all of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils!
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