Lipstick is the last detail to add to your face when doing your makeup. There are many of us who simply won’t leave the house without it. But do you know how to apply lipstick perfectly? If you think it just involves coloring in your lips, you’re missing out on how to get that perfect pout.
Some women don’t stay in the lines and get it on their skin while others wind up with it on their teeth. Oh but there are ways to achieve lipstick application perfection. All you need to do is follow these simple tips and tricks and you will soon know how to apply lipstick perfectly!
Gather the essentials
In order to apply lipstick perfectly, you’ve got to get the right tools for the job. You’ll want something that nourishes your lips like a lip balm or lip conditioner. A lip liner helps you fill in the lines and lock lipstick onto your lips without seeping to the surrounding skin. Concealer that matches your natural lip tone and compact powder are also needed to keep the lipstick in place and make it stay on longer. And of course, you’ll need to choose your favorite shade of lipstick. That’s the hard part! So many colors!
Prepare your lips
If you’ve ever just applied lipstick right onto your lips, that’s a big no-no. It can leave your lips feeling dry and chapped, and who wants to kiss those, right? To get those lips kissably soft and prepared for lipstick, when you brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently use the bristles to exfoliate your lips. Once done, make sure you hydrate them with a lip balm that nourishes. Do this every time you brush your teeth, and apply that lip balm again once you’re ready to put your lipstick on. Otherwise if you apply lipstick right on dry lips, it will enhance every single crack and line which is definitely not sexy.
Get your bases covered
Here’s where adding a base comes in. This is exactly how the pros get their lips to look luscious, glamorous and lock on that color all night long. Using a concealer, you’ll want to dab it on gently with a flat brush. A small fluffy brush works well too if you don’t have a flat brush. A little goes a long way! Then, gently dab on compact powder over the concealer. Now your bases are loaded and ready to go.
Line those lips
Lining your lips is a step you simply shouldn’t skip if you want to know how to apply lipstick like the pros. It helps bring definition to your lips and keeps your lipstick from looking sloppy. Invest in a quality lip liner to help you achieve that perfect contour. Lip liners with a smooth texture make it easier to get the look just right, so go for one of those. Starting in one corner, trace over your lip’s natural line from one side to the other. The color should be one that is complementary to your skin tone so that your lipstick won’t feather, something that’s quite noticeable with those bold, darker shades.
Accentuate your cupid’s bow by making an ‘X’ on your upper lip just below it. No need to worry about getting that ‘X’ just perfect though. It simply marks the spot. It will be covered by your lipstick. The outer lines are what matters when it comes to neatness.
After you’ve set the stage, it’s time for the lipstick! Using a lip brush, apply lipstick evenly to your lips making sure to get those inner corners. Apply one coat first and if you desire a bolder look, add another coat. Generally speaking, one coat is all it takes but for events or going to the extreme, you may opt to add a second coat.
Quick lip tips
Now that you know how to apply lipstick perfectly, here are some little lip tips that will help you always have those flawlessly sexy lips you want!
– Don’t use matte lipstick on dry lips
If your lips tend to get dry often, matte lipsticks are literally the kiss of death. They dry lips out even more. Instead, choose lipsticks that have moisturizing and condition your lips. And yes, even if you’re using nourishing lip balms prior to applying your lipstick, if your lips get dry, stay away from the matte!
– Dark shades shrink lips
If your lips are naturally thin, using darker colors will make them look even smaller. Instead, find shades that are brighter to help make them look fuller.
– Add some pout to that pucker
Want to amp your lips up in an instant? You can use lip plumpers that help boost your lips with a fuller appearance. But even if you don’t have that, add a dab of clear lip gloss to the center of your lips, press your lips together, and voila! Sexy pouty lips!
– Never ever ever use dark liner with light lipstick
In the world of cosmetics, there is plenty of room for experimenting and creating your own look. But believe us when we tell you that there is never a time or a place for using a dark lip liner with a lipstick of a light shade. No, no, NO!
One last lip tip…
Don’t forget to blot!
Using a tissue, press it quickly between your lips to remove any excess lipstick and give the texture an even look. Now smile and admire your luscious lips. They look perfect!