Lipstick Do’s and Don’ts – When someone talks to you, you hope for good eye contact, but the reality is, when we communicate we are often watching the other person’s mouth.
That’s why it’s important that those lips of yours always look fabulous.
Ask any woman what three things she would need to survive if she were stranded on a deserted island, and she’s sure to reply with lipstick as one of her “must haves.” You could even forget the eye shadow, eyeliner or blush, because let’s “face” it, the lipstick matters the most!
Here are some lipstick Do’s and Don’ts to follow:
1. Remove your natural color. Because your lips have colored pigments, your lips could actually change the color of the lipstick you chose from your favorite beauty supplier.
Reds can become orange, browns can become red, and so on. So begin your lipstick application by priming your lips with foundation and powder to hide the natural color of your lips.
2. Use a lip liner. Lip liner can shape thin lips into full and luscious lips. Find a matching liner or a shade darker of your favorite lipstick. You can also use the tip of your lipstick to line your lips – this is a great trick! You can also use the liner as a base coat on your lips.
3. Balance: If you are wearing dark eye shadow or blush, balance it off with a softer lipstick shade.
4. Chill it. For easier sharpening of your lip liner or lipstick pencil, keep it cool by placing it in the refrigerator.
5. Mix it up. Try mixing different shades together. Even switching out shades from the top to bottom layer can provide a totally different and beautiful color.
6. Touch-up. Remember that after meals or drinks you need to touch up your lipstick.
7. Use a brush. Using a flat lipstick brush helps you apply your lipstick more smoothly and evenly.
1. Day vs. Night. During the daytime you shouldn’t wear a dramatic or dark color. Keep those colors for the nighttime.
2. Creamy vs. Glossy. As you get older, try to stay away from matte and glossy lipstick and lean more towards creamy.
3. Don’t toss it. If you’re down to the nub or your favorite shade, instead of tossing it out, get out your handy lipstick brush or q-tip and apply with a lip balm or Vaseline.
4. Avoid browns and oranges. As much as we love these colors, if your teeth aren’t pearly white, these shades can actually make your teeth look more yellow. Yuck!
5. Don’t blot. If you want a more dramatic and bold look, avoid the blotting. A lot of experts believe that you should always blot after application, but that depends on the look you are trying to achieve. Blotting will tone down the color.
6. Chapped lips. Don’t use lipstick if you lips are severely chapped or sunburned. It makes your lipstick look flaky and uneven.