Lipstick comes in a variety of textures including matte, creme and frost.
Matte formula lipstick provides rich color without shine. Matte lipstick lasts longer than other types because it contains less moisture. The downside to matte lipstick is that it can leave your lips dry. Look for a matte lipstick that is also labeled as moisturizing for long-lasting color that isn’t dried out.
Creme lipstick formulas normally last for several hours. These dewy, soft creamy colors will stay in place longer if you use a primer or concealer all over your lips before applying your lipstick. Creamy lipstick is perfect for women of any age, but particularly for more mature women.
Lipsticks labeled as frost or shimmer have flecks of shiny pigment that reflect light, giving your lips a frosty look. These shimmery lipsticks are great for evening.
To help the color last longer (when applying any type of lipstick), line your lips with a lip pencil and then fill in your lips completely with the liner before applying your lipstick. You can apply straight from the tube or with a lip brush for a more precise look.
Just as a painter calls for a clean canvas, your lipstick needs the perfect backdrop: Smooth, soft lips.
- In order to keep your lips and the rest of your skin hydrated, drink a lot of water. Eight to ten glasses per day is ideal.
- Moisturize your lips with lip balm on a daily basis. Your lip balm should have an SPF of 15 or higher if you spend significant time in the sun.
- Exfoliate your lips if they are flaky. Scrub your lips gently with a washcloth when you are in the shower to remove any excess dry skin. When your lips are flaky, your lipstick won’t go on smooth.
- Cover your entire lips with a very thin coat of the lip primer to create a smooth setting for your lip color.
- Line your lips with a neutral lip pencil that is close to your natural lip color.
- Buy moisturizing lipsticks. These formulas will keep your lips smooth and comfortable throughout the day.
To make your lips look smaller, line the inner part of your lip with a neutral color. Use darker, matte colors to make lips appear smaller. Do not use lip gloss or colors with shimmer in them.
To make your lips appear fuller, use a deep shade of lipcolor at the outside corners of lips. Then apply a lighter lipcolor (in similar shade) to the center of the lips. Remember that light brings forward, dark recedes.
Create plump, luscious, pouty and sexy lips without plastic surgery. Line outer part of lips with natural or light brown color lipliner, then blend inward with a lipbrush. Follow with a shimmery gloss and don’t rub lips together as this will only reduce shine.
A lipliner should be used along your natural lipline unless you have very thin lips. In that case, extend outside of the natural line. A natural shade of liner is best or you can add more drama with a bright or darker shade. Be sure to blend the lipliner and the lipstick with a lipbrush.
Toy around with semi-matte lipsticks until you find one that you like. Then, after applying the lipstick, blot with a Kleenex until it looks almost sheer. Remember to follow with a natural gloss for shimmery lips. Go for dramatic eyes and natural lips or vice-versa, never do eyes and lips dark shades together!