A slick of color that will make you love your lips. Lipstick has
been around for about 5000 years! It's the easiest and quickest
way to give your face a focus and create an instant splash of color.
A woman can convey her mood status and personality with her
choice of lipstick. Yet there is no perfect shade, brand or formula
that each woman must follow! The problem is that one woman's
treasure is another woman's trash. Your friend's favorite and most
flattering lipstick color often won't look the same on you
(and voice versa!). With that in mind here we offer you some
guidelines, a map as it were in your search for your perfect color!
Kind of Lipsticks
Sheer lipsticks allow your own lip color to shine through and are
there fore more universal (i.e. flattering) than more opaque lipsticks
and less likely to overwhelm your features. Sheer formulas have
the added bonus of being very moisturizing and lightweight. The
downside is that they are not as long wearing as other formulas.
Cream lipsticks are the happy medium when it comes to lipstick
they're moist, but they wear longer than sheer lipsticks.
The downside is that the cream formulations are more opaque,
so you need to be more selective about choosing a color.
Shimmer lipsticks are very long wearing, but are not everyone's
cup of tea. Unlike shimmery eye shadow or blush, a shimmer
lipstick can be flattering at any age. Their light reflecting quality
has the added bonus of making the lips look fuller. The downside
is that shimmer formulas look terrible on dry, chapped lips.
Matte lipsticks are the longest wearing formulas. They are a good
choice if you are trying to make a bold statement with your lip color.
The downside of matte formulas is that they are extremely drying,
so should not be worn by anyone with dry, chapped lips.
Selecting A Color
Your lips are the one area of your face where you can really
play with color. Traditionally, use deep, rich colors in the winter
(burgundy, chocolate, plum, reds), lighter, more pastel tones in
the spring (pinks, lavenders), any color in a sheer or glossy formula
for summer and warm earth tones for autumn (brown-based mauves,
nudes, warm golden reds).
A Few Color Guidelines
· If you are super fair, a little color goes a long way. Stick to nudes,
beige tones, light corals, light pinks.The most flattering formula for a
super fair complexion is sheer
· If your complexion is medium colored, try a brown-based mauve,
sheer berry or spicy brown lipstick. The best formula for medium
complexion is cream.
· If your complexion is whitish, you will look great in red, especially)
reds with golden undertones (rather than blue). Pink shimmer also
looks great. Both color schemes work well in any formula.
· If your complexion is darker colors look best in rich, deep shades
Dark burgundy, chocolate, plum in any formula.
Remember that these are just guidelines. You should select lipstick
in any formula or color that makes you happy. Lipstick is, after all,
a temporary fix. You can always wipe it off and try that new,
hopefully perfect shade.
A Slick of Color
Lipsticks in a bullet form are the most popular way to use lip color.
Some lipsticks even come with in-built sun protection sunscreens.
Another way of applying color is with a lip-gloss. These can be
used alone to give your lips an attractive sheen, or over the top
of the lipstick to catch the light. Lip liners are used to provide an
outline to your lips before applying lipstick; you can also use them
over your entire lip for a dark matte effect. However, you may need
to add a touch of lip salve (balm) over the top to prevent drying out
this delicate area of skin. A slick of color will make you love your lips.
The best way to apply lipstick is with a lip brush. A selection
of lipstick colors is the key to creating different looks.
For Applying Lipstick
Ensure your lips are soft and supple by smoothing over
moisturizer before you start. Prime your lips by smoothing
them with foundation, using a make-up sponge so you reach
every tiny crevice on the surface.
Dust over the top of the foundation with a light dusting of your
usual face powder, to help your lipstick stay for longer. Rest your
elbow on a firm surface and carefully draw an outline using a lip pencil,
that it does-drag your .Make sure that you warm it slightly in your palm.
Start by defining the Cupid's bow on the upper lip, and then draw a
neat outline on your lower lip. Finish by completing the edges of
the outline to your upper lip.
Use a lip brush to fill in the outline with lipstick, ensuring you reach
into every tiny crevice on the surface. Open your mouth to brush the
color into the corners of your lips. You'll help your lipstick last longer
if you blot over the surface with a tissue. It'll also give an attractive,
semi- matte finish to your lips. Reapply to help a longer-Lasting finish.
Whenever your mouth shows a difference in volume and proportions,
the upper lip generally appears thinner than the bottom one.
As the bottom lip is your point of reference to balance out the contour
of both lips, outlining the upper lip is must. The golden rule when
penciling out the upper lip is that the width of the bottom lip should equal
in proportion the width of the upper lip, from the pointed side of the
cupid bow to the centre slit of the mouth.
Lipstick fixer: First apply a thin layer of lipstick. Then, scoop out a blusher
(or eye shadow in a matching shade) with a cotton bud or a lipstick brush
before applying it on the lips. Apply a second layer of your lippy and
you are ready.
For the lipstick to stay you can apply lipstick sealer as it seal and
holds lipstick. After putting on lipstick simply brush it lightly all
over the lipstick and keep lips apart until dry. The lipstick will last longer.
More Lip Tips
Optical lip effect: always remember that what ever the shape and
volume of your lips it's always the shape you give your cupid bow
that characterizes your point. A rounded cupid gives a fuller more
sensual smile while a pointed angular one signs a more assertive