Women often go wrong in choosing their makeup colors. One of the areas where mistakes are most often made is lip color.
Lip color includes anything and everything that is used to change or enhance the natural color of your lips. It includes lip:
While most of today’s makeup artists no longer use lip pencils, I believe they can be helpful for women who have small or thinning lips. The pencil color can help define a new lip line beyond that which comes naturally. This will help prevent other lip products from bleeding over into the fine lines and wrinkles that occur as a woman ages.
Almost any woman can use a lip pencil, although those with excessively dry lips may prefer to avoid doing so. The ingredients inside pencils is typically much harsher than in other lip products. Therefore, they could actually cause more lip damage.
Plumpers are popular because it seems women can’t get their lips to look big enough. I blame Hollywood stars who insist on getting collagen injections that make their lips look unnaturally large. Sadly, many women want to follow their example.
Plumpers come in two basic types. One contains spices and other ingredients that purposely irritate lip skin in order to get that plumped up look. These are very harsh; however, and are never recommend for use on lips that are severely moisture deficient or aging.
Other plumpers contain ingredients like collagen that fill in cracks and smooth out the lips to make them appear more youthful and plump. They usually contain hydrating ingredients that are good for the skin. However, good products along this line can be expensive.
Lip balms once came only in a clear color. They are made to add and retain moisture within the lips and to soothe and repair cracked or irritated lip skin. Today, there are tinted lip balms that provide only a light wash of color while still delivering all the advantages of a usual balm.
Lip glosses and glazes, like lip balm, can be clear or they can contain a wash of color. Usually used over the top of another lip product, a glaze or gloss is meant to add sheen to make lips look younger. These can; however, be used all alone on their own, without benefit of any other lip product. Both glosses and glazes come in various types as well. These include glitter, metallic, pearl, shimmer and sparkle.
Lip powders are relatively new and are usually mineral-driven. They are applied by combining a balm or gloss with saturated powder color. They usually dry like a stain, making lips look very natural.
Lip gels, stains and tints actually change the color of the lips with a food safe dye. These are particularly great for women who want their color to last longer.
Lipsticks come in a variety of colors and types. Some are creamy while others are sheer. Some are matte in color while others shimmer or shine. Today, many lipsticks contain moisturizers or vitamins meant to improve the condition of the lips. Others include plumping ingredients to add volume or collagen to smooth out lip skin.
Finding the right lip product for you can take quite awhile and end up costing a lot of money unless you narrow down what you want from your color before making a purchase. I, for example, wanted a lip color that would make my lips look larger and more youthful.
Therefore, I settled on a lip balm that contained moisturizer, collagen and vitamin E. Then I used Bare Minerals lip powder in conjunction with the balm. I just dip the stick into the color and then apply it directly to my lips. It tints them perfectly and lasts all day long.
WARNING: If you have excessively cracked, dry or aging lips, stay away from lip products that contain harsh ingredients like some pencils, stains and tints. Look for moisturized or hydrated lip colors instead. The overall effect will work much better.
Just like with foundation and eye makeup, it is important to choose lip color that is in the same tone as your skin (warm on warm, cool on cool, etc.). If you aren’t certain you can do that, then stick with neutral shades that fit nearly everyone.
LIPSTICK APPLICATION TIP: Prime your lips before you add lip color. Although many of today’s lip products claim they will stay put all day, most don’t come close to fulfilling that claim. The best way to extend the length and wearability of your lip color is to prime your lips before applying anything. Primers help the color adhere better and, therefore, extend color length.
Once you have applied your lip color, check it out in a lighted magnification mirror. Check for any bleed over into skin areas outside the lip line. If it exists, then you need to try a different lip product. That one isn’t working for you.
If you have followed the tips and tricks outline in “How to Choose and Apply the Right Foundation Makeup” and “How to Apply Eye Makeup”, along with those herein, you are set to complete a beautiful and natural polished look.
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