Great lips can really set off your style, but what's the best way to choose and apply lipstick or gloss? There are definitely a few do's and don't's when it comes to getting great looking lips. Ahead, watch celebrity makeup artist Matin's lipstick tutorial, plus 15 pro application tips to incorporate into your lipstick routine.
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Meet the Expert
Matin is a celebrity makeup artist and non-toxic beauty advocate, with clients among the likes of Angelina Jolie, Rebel Wilson, Awkwafina, and more.
Choose a Focal Point
The best approach to makeup is to play up your best feature, so choose between your eyes or your mouth. Choosing to concentrate on one of these prominent features will create a necessary focal point.
To get nude lips, cover your lips with concealer or foundation before applying gloss. This renders lips practically colorless and looks great with smokey eyes.
Plump Up Your 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 your lips together.
Choose the Right Shade
Makeup artist Bobbi Brown swears that the best lipstick shade is a shade or two darker than your natural lip color. Alternatively, you can try the viral trend of matching your nipple color to your lipstick for the perfect color.
The Best Way to Apply Lipstick?
There are no real rules for applying lipstick. Some women use special lipstick brushes, while others own one and never use it. Some women simply use their middle finger and most women apply it straight from the tube. Choose what's right for you. As long as the color gets on the lips, you're good.
Use Liner 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. For a bolder look, use a darker or colorful shade of liner.
Lip gloss is infamous for wearing off fast. However, if you fill in your lips with a liner, you're giving the gloss something to stick to.
Try a Long-Lasting Lip Stain
One of the most annoying things about lipstick and gloss is that it doesn't last long. Luckily, they now make lip stains that last hours and eliminate this problem entirely.
A favorite lip stain for many women is Chanel's Rouge Double Intensite. Once you apply it, it stays put for hours. It also comes with a bit of gloss to make it appear less matte.
Line Before or After?
Some women prefer to apply liner first, arguing that you won't be able to see the natural line of your lips if you apply lipstick first. However, other women find that their lips look more natural when they line the lips after applying lipstick. Experiment with these two approaches to see which you like best.
Properly Test Lipstick in a Store
It's just plain unhygienic to test lipstick at a Sephora or department store without wiping off the lipstick with a tissue. You can avoid testing on your lips by 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 Shade
Think twice before you toss that lipstick you really don't like. As many beauty editors will tell you, it's entirely possible to create a great lip color by blending lipsticks you don't like. Give it a try next time and you may be surprised at the results.
Is your lipstick too bright? You can take the color down a few notches by coloring in your lips with a darker liner before applying any bright shade.
Prevent Lipstick Marks on Glass
There's no need to let everyone know which glass is yours by leaving a lipstick print on the rim. To prevent it, discreetly lick your lips before taking a sip from a glass. It really does work.
Lipstick that doesn’t end up on your cup or your husband’s cheek, will end up in you (as crazy as that seems). I read ages ago that the average woman consumes about 6 pounds of lipstick over the course of her lifetime. However, there’s no need to worry. The ingredients in lipstick won’t harm you and are broken down by stomach acids.
Keep Lipstick Off Your Teeth
There's a simple trick to avoiding lipstick on your teeth and you'll want to do it every time. After applying lipstick, simply pop your index finger into 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
Carrying around a neutral color of lipstick can be a lifesaver when you need a little color. While you can use the lipstick as a quick blush, you should never use blush as a lipstick.
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.
Camouflage Yellowed Teeth
To downplay a yellow cast on your teeth, try lipsticks with a blue undertone. According to Lazarus, a New York City makeup artist, shades that work include plums, pinks, wines, and violets.
Don't Throw Out a Broken Lipstick
If your lipstick breaks off, there's no need to throw it in the trash. It's incredibly easy to "heal" it instead.
Using a tissue, pick up the broken portion, then slowly wave a lit match under it. 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.
Lipstick All Gone?
When you near the end of your favorite lipstick, you might notice there's still a bit of lipstick down in the tube. That's still perfectly usable, you just have to get creative to make it work.
Scrape out the last bits of the lipstick with a cotton swab or a stick and mix it with Vaseline or lip gloss in a lipstick palette. Use a lip brush to apply.