Bold lipstick is the easiest way to add warmth to your face and give your overall look some impact in seconds.
And most of us, really, just take a tube of lipstick, do a few quick swipes across our lips and we’re done. But as easy as it may sound, applying your lipstick the wrong way can also have an impact – but negatively. Not to mention, distracting, because our lips are in the middle of our face and is usually the part with the most opaque color.
So to help you avoid lipstick disasters, I’ve done some research on the common lipstick mistakes we’re making and what to do about it.
1. Smearing lip tints / lipsticks / liquid lipstick all over dry, flaky lips
Dry skin can cause lipstick to settle in the cracks on your lips and around your mouth. Gently buff your lips to exfoliate the dead skin, and make sure to get the outer edges. After exfoliating apply the first level of protection on them before you step outside by applying lip balm with SPF.
2. Skipping a lip primer
If you haven’t heard of it, there is such a thing as lip primers. And just like the purpose of a foundation primer, lip primers are supposed to prevent bleeding and feathering of lipstick into cracks on your lips and the lines around your mouth, avoiding that fuzzy look at the edges of the lips. Also, a good lip primer prevents your lipstick from smudging.
3. Letting your lipstick fade in the middle
A harsh outline around the outer edge of the lips with color fading in the middle is so passe, so make sure your lip color is evened out unless you’re going for the ombre look.. To make color last longer, build up your lipstick then blot with a tissue. You might think that this will remove the lipstick, but it’s similar to the concept of a beauty blender. You’re removing all the excess lipstick sitting on top of your lips that’s causing that uneven color, by pushing the lipstick into the lips. Apply a second or third coat of lipstick with this technique.
4. A lipstick shade that it too nude for you
Nude lip colors are sultry and the best way to achieve a natural, effortless look. However, go too pale with your shade and you will look washed out and make your natural lip line disappear. I would recommend lipstick shades similar to the darkest part of your lips if you want to that nude lip look.
5. Using a lip liner that’s too dark for your actual lipstick
No, just no. We’re not in the nineties anymore! I’ve mentioned before that you want an even coating of lipstick if you’re not going for that ombre look.
Do you know more lisptick mistakes and how to avoid them? Please share in the comment section below!
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