Thursday, 8 October 2009

Red Lips...


We all love red lipstick right?
I know some of you find it harder to wear than others, this may be due to picking the wrong tone, so here are a few things to look out for, first things first-

1. Lipstick will show up any texture on the lips so we need to get them really soft - exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate (right over the lip line as well)!

2. Apply a generous amount of lip balm and leave on for a few minutes.

3. Blot away the rest of the balm and either dust with loose face powder or dab with a concealer, this will form a good base.

4. Always apply a matching red lip pencil all over the lip first, make sure the pencil is super sharp to achieve a crisp edge. This will ensure that the colour will last longer and wears more evenly.

5. If you have concerns about bleeding you can also add a wax liner on the outer edge of your red pencil, the wax will fill in any ridges that the colour could seep into.

6. Fill in the entire lip with a brush and your chosen lipstick, take your time, keep it tidy and smooth. Using a lip brush will add longevity to your colour and perfect your application.

7. Don't press your lips together to blend them, your lips are different shapes and they will print out side the lip line. Instead smooth over with a tissue to blot then re-apply.

8. You can apply a sealer like Lipcote which you just paint on, this is fine if you don't intend to eat or drink as you tend to get little bits of product rolling off, not nice!

9. Carefully brush a little concealer along the outer edge of your lips to tidy up any mistakes.

Always carry the colour you are wearing, lipstick and pencil. A travel lip brush will ensure you don't cover everything in your make up bag in red lipstick. And of course a mirror!!

Red lips do need a little tlc throughout the day or evening, keep them tidy and fully coloured, when they look rubbish, they look really rubbish!



Top Tip for shape...
If you start at the cupids bow and draw down you will get a slightly more angular shape, if you start at the corner and draw up to the cupids bow you will create a rounder shape.

Top Tip for brush choice....
For a sharp cupids bow use an angled brush (that you would use for brows or liner) and lay it down on the lip, immediately creating your shape.

Top Tip for colours...
Cool toned skins should wear warmer orange reds (generally speaking)
Warmer toned skins should wear cooler blue reds (generally speaking)

A blue based red will make your teeth look whiter, so if you can wear one, do! x





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