Fashion dos and don’ts: Applying your lipstick

If you are complimented often on your lips, consider yourself lucky; it’s time to accentuate them. Here are 10 tips on how to apply lipstick.

If you are complimented often on your lips, consider yourself lucky; it’s time to accentuate them. Here are 10 tips on how to apply lipstick.

Don’t play up the eyes and the mouth. Women who wear heavy eye makeup and dark lipstick can look clownish. If you want to wear red lipstick, keep the rest of your makeup light.

For “plump” lips, apply liner just outside your natural lip line. Dab a bit of gloss in the middle of your bottom lip.

Use liner on your lips as a base. Lipstick will last longer if you fill in your lips with the liner first. If you’re using light lipstick, try a nude liner. Then slick your lipstick on top.

You can line before or after you apply lipstick or gloss but lips look more natural when one lines lips after applying lipstick.

Never use a dark liner with light lipstick. Defined lips are great, but make sure the liner matches the lipstick or gloss.

Don’t test lipstick on your lips. It’s just plain unhygienic unless you wipe off the lipstick with a big swipe of a tissue. Even better, test lipstick on your fingertips. It’s a closer fit to your lips than the back of your hand.

Keep lipstick off glass. Discreetly lick your lips before taking a sip from a glass.

Keep lipstick off your teeth with this trick. After applying lipstick, take your index finger and pop it in your mouth, then pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger rather than your teeth.

The older you are, the “creamier” your lips should look. As we age, our lips thin out. Therefore, you should avoid matte and gloss and stick with a creamy lipstick. Also, watch out for dark lipsticks.

Not all lipstick shades look good on everyone. Your skin color will determine what shades are right on you.

 

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