No matter how much we think we know about make-up, it never hurts to get back to basics and refresh ourselves with everyday techniques. In this post, we’ll be looking at lipstick – how to choose the right colour for you, how to apply it and how you can make it last all day and night.
Choosing the right lip colour
Experts say for an everyday lip colour you should aim for no more than a couple of shades darker than your natural lip colour. Orange, brown and coral shades can emphasise yellow teeth, while lipsticks with blue undertones (reds, pinks and berry colours) will downplay any yellow colouring.
When looking at colours in-store, instead of testing the colour on the back of your hand, try using your fingertips, as these are closer to your natural lip colour. For hygiene purposes you should avoid trying lip colours on your actual lips in-store.
What you use to apply your lip colour comes down to personal preference. Some people like to use specialised calligraphy-style brushes, while others dab it on with a finger. Here at Beauty Resource we like a lip brush for dark colour, while a finger or straight from the tube application works well for lighter shades.
We love Mac’s 316 lip brush (£16.50) and No7’s lip brush (£7).
Applying the colour
Now you’re armed and ready – time to apply…
- Prepare the lips with a good scrub and balm – we love Lush’s mint scented scrub (£5.50)
- Line your lips with a lip liner in a similar colour to your lipstick, filling in your lips with the liner will help your colour last longer.
- Apply your lip colour, using your brush to blend with the liner.
- Add a coat of gloss if you want, or blot with a tissue to keep the look matte.
- Pop your index finger in your mouth and pull it out to remove any colour that could transfer onto teeth.
Make the colour last longer by building up the colour and blotting in between applications, alternatively you could try using Lipcote to seal in colour.
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