Most people who have dived into the lipstick jungle have more or less encountered problems, primarily the difficulty of finding those shades that perfectly suits one – and probably ended up thinking similarly “red doesn’t fit me”. Well let me break it to you: everyone dresses in any color – all that matter is getting the right kind of shade.
Besides, the ways to work the statement lips into a makeup look are endless, and as a beauty trend bright pink & red lips aren’t anything if not timeless. But applying it is easier done than making it stay on throughout the day.
Here’s my big round-up on tips for the lips:
PREP YOUR CANVAS
Any lip color whether that is lipstick, gloss, liner etc will adhere better to a smooth surface, so start by buffing your lips with a warm wash cloth, toothbrush or with a lip balm made with exfoliating granules. You can also combine sugar with honey and rub it on your lips to smooth them. After exfoliating, rinse off, apply lip balm, wait for 1-2 min and finish by administering a thin layer of foundation or lip primer (NYX) to prepare your lips for lipstick application.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FORMULA
Selecting the right formula can have a big impact on your lipstick’s staying
power. In general, matte lipsticks stay on longer than glossy or creamy formulas. Lip stains, which come in
liquid form in a tube with a sponge-applicator, also tend to stay on longer; because they don’t contain the
waxes normally found in hydrating lipsticks, there’s more efficacy to long-wearing ingredients.
HOW TO FIND YOUR SHADES
Focus on shades similar to your skin’s undertone when choosing lipstick. Have in mind that it should also
look good on your face when you are wearing absolutely no makeup. A quick way to determine your skin’s
undertone is to look at the veins on your wrist. If they are blue, you’ve most likely got pink/cool undertones,
meaning go for cooler lip shades. If your veins appear more green, you have a yellow/warm undertone,
meaning aim for warmer shades. If they appear to be both blue and green, you are the lucky owner of a
neutral skin tone (meaning equal pink and yellow tones), and you can wear any color.
Let me simplify shades that typically suit:
Fair skin: coral reds, cherry reds or dark reds with pink undertones. Avoid too light and shades with too much
Medium or olive: Nude, Pink, Orange, cranberry and brick reds (fire engine red).
Dark: reds, deep plums, berries, burgundy or brown tones.
*The most flattering for an everyday color is to find one to two shades deeper than your natural lips.
COLOR IT IN
For durability, first line your lips with a liner that matches your lipstick color or a colourless/skin-toned liner
which helps prevent bleeding but matches any lipstick color. Start by defining the cupid’s bow on the upper lip,
and from there completing the edges of the outlines to the upper lip. Finish off by filling in the whole lips with
the liner for an even color all over that really lasts.
*If the lip pencil is chilled in the fridge for a few minutes before application, it glides on smoothly and the
outlining of the lips is easier.
Fill in your lips with the lipstick: applied straight from the tube results in a richer color than a lip brush, but
with a lip brush can be given strikingly even edges. Next, blot lips with a tissue. Apply another layer of lipstick
and then blot again. Bright, dark shades tend to stay on longer than softer ones because they contain more
With a fluff brush dust a thin coating of powder that is colourless (one that you also use for setting your
base and blotting shiny/oily parts of the face – MAC Setting powder). Even rice powder, or baby powder is fine.
Brush away any excess powder. Wait a minute or two for the powder to absorb any excess moisture. This
technique may mute your lip color a little but it will do wonders for the longevity of your lip look. If you really
don’t want to lose any of the original lip color, you can set the look with a blush/eyeshadow powder in a similar
color as your lipstick. Apply gloss if desirable.