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How to Apply Lipstick - Applying Lipstick Application Tips

Lipstick should enhance the beauty of the lips and not appear like a red gash at the opening of the mouth. Always apply lipstick with a lipstick brush. Draw the outer line with the brush or with a lip pencil and then fill in the colour with a lipstick. A darker colour should be used to define the lip' line and a lighter shade should be used to fill in. After application, place a tissue between the lips and press.This will remove the excess colour.

To give a neat finish to your lipstick, clean your lipswit cleansing milk. Spread the foundation over your lipsand let it dry. With your brush coated with lipstick, open your mouth and without stretching your lips to the maximum, outline the upper lip. Press the lips together; then use the lipstick to outline the lower lip and fill in with the lipstick. Take a tissue and press your lips over it. Powder lightly and start the outlining again; with the darker lipstick on your, brush, correct the natural defects of your mouth; the two shades must melt into each other.

Just as the lips can be designed according to the shape of the face, they can be made-up according to the shape of the mouth. A clever make-up will definitely help in altering the appearance of the mouth and the face. Lipstick should be applied properly and should be of the right color. Most of you would have noticed that lipstick does not last long, especially when we eat and drink.

If you have a drooping mouth: powder the corners and emphasise the dip at the centre. Put a touch of a darker lipstick at the corners of the upper lip; Finish off with the slightest trace of vaseline or gloss at the centre of the mouth. 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.

If your mouth is too small: use a darker shade on the upper lip, draw in the cleft but don't accentuate it. The lowe rlip should be given a squarer shape, with a touch of gloss or vaseline near the corners. Apply lipstick from the tube or by using a firm, small lipstick brush. Coat the lips evenly. Pay special attention to staying within the lips' edges.

If your lips are too thin: outline the mouth well and fully, going a fraction beyond the limitsof the lips. Use the darker shade on the lower lip. Draw the corners upwards, outline the cleft distinctly and smile all day. To balance the appearance of your lips while lining (before applying lipstick), first, divide the mouth into sections, and work on one section at a time until all the dotted lines are connected. And be aware that matte colors make lips look thinner while shimmery, glossy colors make your lips look fuller.

How to Apply Lipstick

Applying lipstick after drawing a crisp lip outline is an important key in the finishing touch since it helps to keep the color from bleeding. If you have pouting lips: paint out the dip. Accentuate the depth of the upper lip. A slightly darker shade for the lowerlip, drawn a little within the natural contour of the lip.

If you want a glossy look, use a lip-gloss.But take care not to take the glossright outside the outer line of the lips. You can use lipstick to camouflage the short coming of your mouth. If your lips are small, then draw a line outside the natural line and if your lips are too thick, the line should be drawn inside. A dark colour will make the lips appear smaller while a bright or light colour will do the opposite. If the lower lip is thicker than the upper one, apply a darker colour on the lower one and its shade on the upper lip. Lipsticks that work best are those that have some of your skin's natural tones in their colour such as a blue-pinks or yellow- browns. Some Tips on applying lipstick properly:

  • Lipstick can be used as blush, but do not use blush as lipstick.
  • Before applying lipstick, prime your lips with some foundation and powder to remove all color from your lips.
  • Apply all other makeup before putting on lipstick and lip liner.
  • Work some lipstick into a brush and fill the outline of the lips. Work gradually towards the outline; don’t cover it with a lipstick.
  • Use your lip liner as a base for your lipstick. This will ensure that lipstick lasts longer. While using light lipstick, use nude liner. Then apply lipstick on top of it.
  • Line your lips whenever you use lipstick. Without lipstick your lips will look soft and less defined and your lipstick will appear smudged.
  • Check whether you are not wearing expired lipstick. It can also be due to dryness and allergy. For maintaining red lips, fresh air, vitamins and iron are required.