I know you haven’t heard from me for a few days now but I have been working really hard to bring you some great posts over the weekend. For today’s tutorial, I wanted to do something that I think is often looked over either because of time or intimidation: how to apply your lipstick flawlessly.
In order to apply your lipstick perfectly and make it last longer than just a few hours, it is very important to take care of your lips and prep them for whatever color or product you will be using. For the tutorial I will be using the following products, however you can use any products that you have which are similar.
Clockwise from Top: Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub, Bite Beauty Line and Define Lip Primer, Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Concealer in Light 16, and Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm.
Before you begin any makeup, you want to make sure that your lips are exfoliated and moisturized. I used Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub as an exfoliator, and then swiped on a quick layer of Sephora’s Super Nourishing Lip Balm. Making a habit to exfoliate your lips is really important. You will notice a difference in their texture, fullness, and ease in applying lip products. When you wait for the lip balm or chapstick to sink in a little, finish the rest of your face including powder and eye makeup. I normally wait to do my lips at the end because I feel like it ties the look together.
After you finish the rest of your face you can move on to your lips. The best way to ensure the longevity of your lipstick is to line your lips and apply a primer. I really like the Bite Beauty Line and Define Lip Primer because its essentially a 2-in-1 that does a great job at both tasks. If you don’t have the Bite pencil I would suggest Urban Decay’s Ozone. I like using clear lip liners because I dont have the time or money to search for or buy a lip liner for ever shade of lipstick I own.
Since I have small lips, I like to line just outside my natural lip line so they end up looking a but fuller.
For today I am using OCC Lip Tar in NSFW. This tutorial works for any lipstick whether its liquid or in a tube.
Unless you have literally the most perfect lips on the face of the planet, don’t try to apply lipstick to your lips directly from the tube. Use a lipbrush and apply the product to the center of your bottom lip. Don’t worry about making your lips ‘perfect’, right now we are just laying down the color.
Purse your lips together and spread out the product you applied on your bottom lip. Try to use as little product as you can while still keeping the color opaque.
Start really filling in your lips with the product. Try to get as close as you can to the edge of your lips but again, don’t worry about it being perfect: we are still just laying down color.
After this step you have the option of blotting your lips. Blotting your lips entails taking a tissue or something and just ‘blotting’ your lips to get some of the excess product off. I will fold a tissue in half, angle it into the corners of my mouth, and purse my lips down on the tissue. Blotting helps the product set faster so you can apply another layer on top making the product last longer and appear more opaque.
Now is probably the hardest part. Use the side of your brush (not the tip) to get as close as you can to the edge of your lips and create a clean line. If you use the tip of you brush you aren’t always accounting for the bend in the brush when you press down so its more likely that you will mess up.
By smiling or stretching out your bottom lip its easier to see if you have created a clean line or not. For your top lip, the hardest part for me is getting my cupid’s bow perfect. I stretch my lip over my upper teeth which helps me see what I am doing.
Now if you are anything like me, there is no way that you did that last step perfectly. However the makeup gods have bestowed upon us this wonderful creation called concealer. Put a little bit of concealer on the back of your hand and using a small concealer brush, touch up any mistakes. If you go over a bit of the lip product with the concealer and its not dry, finish the swipe you are doing and wipe off your brush. If you don’t, you will end up with whatever color of lipstick you are using in all the wrong places.
Once you have applied your concealer dust a translucent powder over the rest of your face and admire your amazing lips!
I know lipstick (especially darker colors) can be really intimidating but I hope this tutorial was able to break it down for you! For the longest time I would stay away from lipsticks in the fear of bringing attention to my small lips, but after learning how to actually use lipstick I cant go without it!
What is your go to shade of lipstick?
Also, leave recommendations below for what you would like to see for my next tutorial!