The beauty tip I've always sworn by is to pick your best feature and play it up. If you are complimented often on your lips, you are so lucky!
Here are some 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. If you are playing up the eyes, keep your mouth light with a gloss or light lip color that doesn't stand out.
How to plump up lips
You don't have to get fillers in your lips to have the bee-stung look. For plumper lips, apply liner just outside your natural lip line, then dab a bit of gloss in the middle of your bottom lip and smack lips together.
Nothing plumps up lips quite like gloss.
How to choose the right shade of lipstick or gloss
You may like a lipstick on your friend, but it may not look good on you. The best lipstick shade is a shade or 2 darker than your natural lip color. Orange or brown shades, including corals, look good on few people. Be careful, these shades tend to make teeth appear yellow.
Is there one best way to apply lipstick?
I don't believe in rules to applying lipstick. Some women use special lipstick brushes. I own one and never, ever use it. Others use their middle finger. Most women apply right from the tube. Choose what's right for you; as long as the color gets on the lips, you're good.
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.
Lip gloss is infamous for wearing off fast, but if you fill in lips first with the liner, the gloss has something to stick to.
You can line before or after you apply lipstick or gloss
Some women prefer to apply liner first. But other women find lips look more natural when they line lips after they apply lipstick. Again, I think it is personal preference.
Never use a dark liner with light lipstick
Defined lips are great, but make sure the liner matches the lipstick or gloss. Dark liner and light lips does not look natural.
How to properly test lipstick in a store
It's just unhygienic to test lipstick at a Shop or department store without wiping off the lipstick with a tissue. You can avoid testing on your lips, but swiping the stick on your fingertips. It's a closer fit to your lips than the back of your hand. Also, it's courteous to wipe off the end of the lipstick before you put it back for another person to try.
Don't throw out a bad color lipstick
You can create a great lip color by blending lipsticks you don't like. You can also color in lips with a darker liner before applying a lipstick that's too bright.
How to keep lipstick from marking your glass
Discreetly lick your lips before taking a sip from a glass. It works!
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.
Lipstick can act as a blush
To use lipstick as a blush, dab a few dots on the apples of your cheeks and blend, blend, blend. It helps to have moisturized skin first so the lipstick blends well.
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.
Camouflage yellowed teeth
To downplay a yellow cast to teeth, try lipsticks with a bluish undertone. Shades that work include plums, pinks, wines and violets.
Don't throw out broken lipstick
If your lipstick breaks off, simply take off the broken portion with a tissue, and then slowly wave a lit match under the broken piece of lipstick. When it's melted a bit, put it back on the base, swivel it down and put it in the fridge -- uncovered -- for 30 minutes.
You can also put the broken piece into an old make up pot, container or a pill case, the one with the days of the week individually capped. Put it in microwave using 30 second increments until the lipstick has melted let cool until it has set (hardened) and use with a lip brush or fingertip.
Lipstick tube done?
You might notice there's still a bit of lipstick down in the tube. Scrape out the last bits with a cotton swap or stick and mix it with Vaseline or lip gloss in a lipstick palette. Use a lip brush to apply.
Hope these were helpful tips!
Thank you for reading!