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The search for the perfect lipstick is a lot like the search for the perfect S.O. Think about it: You’re looking for similar traits in both. Feels natural, fits with your vibe, brings out the best in you—just an overall solid match. While we can’t help in the love department, the lipstick (er, makeup department?)—now that’s our expertise.
Here’s a little secret: If you haven’t yet found "The One", your search can end with the new Laura Mercier Extreme Velour Lipstick collection (Laura's highest pigment lipstick yet). Trust us when we say there’s a shade for everyone (24 must-try mattes, to be exact). And once you find yours, you’re not going to want to let go. In fact, you’ll do just about anything to get as much face time with it. (We know this from personal experience.)
To prove it, we teamed up with celebrity makeup artist Jenn Streicher, who’s showing us how versatile your favorite lipstick can actually be. In the video above, she shares application tips and four lip looks using just one lippie. Watch for yourself; then learn how to do each look below.
Before even touching your lipstick to your lips, Streicher says to prep your pout—especially if you have dry or chapped lips. “Sometimes I tell clients to use a toothbrush to scrub their lips and to get dead surface skin off.” Once that’s done, you can move on to application. The great thing about these lipsticks is the unique shape, says Streicher. "There's a built-in shaper so you can be more precise and can even use them as a lipliner.”
Technically this look involves two shades, but it’s fun nonetheless. Once you have your base color on, Streicher recommends cleaning up the edges with a fine-tipped brush and a little concealer. She even likes to extend and highlight the Cupid’s bow to create the illusion of fuller lips. Then, choose a lipstick within the same color family as your first, but one shade darker. Draw the color just along the bottom half of your lower lip and in the corners of your mouth. Blend the two shades together with a lip brush to create a subtle ombré effect.
There are two ways to create a stain effect. You can apply it straight from the bullet, then dab it off with a tissue, creating a lighter, just-there effect. "The staying power of pigment-rich formulas are greater," says Streicher, so you'll have enough color left behind after blotting. Or you can use your finger as the applicator, blotting from the center of the lip outward, smudging and feathering the color.
“Some people get really uncomfortable with a super-matte lip, so adding a bit of moisture [by way of a lip gloss] helps,” Streicher explains. But before layering anything, make sure your lipstick is precise. Then, depending on how extreme you want the gloss, use a brush to dab a little product onto lips, and build it up from there.
Now that you know how to make a lipstick more versatile, it’s time to find the right lip color, which shouldn't be a problem since there are 24 new Extreme Velour Lipsticks ($28).