The lips have it. A bright lip looks polished, on trend, and is an easy way to experiment with colour. If you're on the run, there's nothing wrong with applying straight from the tube.
For a quick, natural look, pat on lipstick with a fingertip, concentrating the colour in the centre of the lips. This works beautifully with pinks and berry tones.
For longevity and precision, try the steps below.
Prior to colour application, apply a lip balm to hydrate the lips (try Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream or Lucas Paw Paw Ointment). Leave for at least ten minutes, wipe off excess, then very lightly conceal the lips, focusing on the lip line. A light dusting of powder can also be use around the lip line to prevent lipstick bleeding.
Using a lip liner creates a fantastic base for the lipstick to adhere to, and ensures colour will last the distance. Choose a colour that is the exact shade of your lipstick, or use a nude shade that will go under any lipstick. Follow the natural line of the lips, and colour in the entire lip with the liner
Applying lipstick with a brush gives a precise, professional finish. Load up your brush with colour and apply a light coat over your lip liner. Blot with a tissue after the first coat, then apply a second coat of colour.
If you would like some sheen, stick to a tiny dab of gloss in middle of the lips. Gloss will cause lipstick to slide off, and too much gloss will make a mess around the edges of the lips.
BEAUTY GURU PRODUCT PICKS
- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.
- Karen Murrell Lipsticks (natural based).
- MAC matte lipsticks. Try "Lady Danger" and "Ruby Woo' for killer reds.
- YSL Volupte Sheer Candy lipstick for a light, glossy finish.