Lip Makeup Tips

A perfect pout is more than just having the right shade. Learn how to create beautiful lips with other tools like lip exfoliaters and lip stains.

Do lip plumpers really work?

Do lip plumpers really work?

Ever since the world became obsessed with Angelina Jolie women have long craved for fuller, more luscious lips. However, for a long time the only option was to get painful collagen injections or surgery. Now cosmetics companies have come up with an answer with lip plumpers. Yet, the real question is do they really work? So if you’re thinking about investing in a lip plumper read the tips below before you start your hunt.

  • One way a lip gloss plumper works is additives like cinnamon and peppermint which temporarily irritates lips causing them to swell slightly as an inflammatory reaction. An example of this is Perricone MD lip plumper.
  • Another way lip plumpers work is that they add microspheres to lip tissues which in turn attract water molecules making lips look fuller.
  • However, these effects are just temporary and long term use of these products can lead to lip ulcerations and longer term lip irritation. You also have to be careful to find out if you are allergic to any ingredients in the plumpers.
  • So while lip plumpers can temporarily make your lips appear fuller, the results are not as dramatic as you would expect and are definitely no where near the look of lip injections.

What color lipstick or lip gloss should you choose?

What color lipstick or lip gloss should you choose?

If you’re like most women, you’ve spent many hours and lots of dough on trying to find the perfect shade of lipstick or lip gloss. There are a number of different factors that go into finding a shade that suits you. If you’re on the hunt for your perfect shade of lipstick read our tips before heading out to makeup counters.

  • First and foremost you must figure out what skin tone you fall under. Generally there are a few categories of skin tones: fair, rosy, tan, olive, yellow and dark. Then there are warm and cool tones.
  • A good way to check if you have a warm or cool skin tone is that silver jewelry generally looks better against cool tones and gold jewelry is better suited to gold jewelry.
  • Yellow skin looks best with lip colors that have brown tones, warm reds and pale lipsticks.
  • Dark skin looks best with deep wines, berry and purple colors.
  • Tan skin looks great against a majority of pink lipstick colors.
  • Light skin can pull off pinks, light purples and orange reds.
  • Rosy skin will look great in pinks and reds.

How to make your lipstick last longer

How to make your lipstick last longer

There’s nothing more annoying about lipstick then having it fade away soon after you’ve first put it on, causing you to have to constantly reapply. If you have the same problem, you’ll try just about anything to try to get your lipstick to last longer. Well never fear as Become.com is here to give you a few tips and tricks to getting your lipstick to last longer.

  • Long lasting lipstick is always an option but there are other ones such as applying a layer of lip liner under your lipstick. Lip liner is drier and has more wax than lipstick, thus it will adhere to your lips much more than just lipstick on its own.
  • Put on a layer of lipstick then blot your lips with a tissue and apply a second layer. Your lipstick will look better and look fresh longer.
  • After your lips are moisturized apply a thin layer of concealer or foundation before you put on your lipstick and it will not only last longer but also make your lipstick more vibrant. Foundation or concealer will adhere to your lips much more than lipstick on its own.
  • Another trick is baby powder. Apply a thin layer of lipstick, and then dust a light layer of baby powder on top to seal in the color. Then you can slick on another layer of lipstick over it to make the color more vibrant.

How to shape your lips

How to shape your lips

Shaping outside your lips is a big no as it looks unnatural, harsh and obvious. However, you can use a lip liner pencil to help you redefine the natural shape of your lips. You can also use it to fill in your lips to make them look fuller before applying lipstick, creating a waxy base for your lipstick to stick to. Also, using a lighter colored lip pencil to define and fill will make your lips appear larger as well.

When lining your lips make sure to carefully outline right on top of your natural lip line and fill in from there. Do not outline outside your natural lip line as this will look very unnatural. Use light strokes as it will help you achieve a more natural look. Apply concealer around your lips with a small brush to make your lips stand out and to keep your lip color from bleeding.

How to apply red lipstick

How to apply red lipstick

It’s sad to say, but all lipsticks were not created equally. Red lipstick has a special place in Hollywood and pop culture history as it’s synonymous with old Hollywood glam and Marilyn Monroe. However, achieving the perfect red lip can be a bit tricky as red isn’;t the easiest color to work with. Read the tips below for some guidance.

  • Red lipstick will enhance any flaws on your lips so be sure to exfoliate and moisturize.
  • Use a red lip liner to draw and fill in your lips. Don’t go over your lip line as it will look unnatural.
  • Apply a red lipstick of your choice with a lip brush using small strokes, Cover Girl lipstick is a good option. Don’t apply too much as red is a deep and vibrant color.
  • Rub your lips together to distribute and even out color.
  • Apply concealer with a small flat brush around your lips to keep lipstick from bleeding. This will also help your lips to stand out more.
  • You can apply a clear gloss or sheer red gloss on the center of your bottom lip to make your lips appear more plump and to add a little shine.

How to apply lip liner and lipstick

How to apply lip liner and lipstick

Lipstick and lip liner application may seem easy enough, but if you don’t get it right things can go downhill very fast. It’s important to figure out a technique that works for you. So what’s the best way to apply lip liner and lipstick? Check out the tips below to find out.

  • First make sure your lips are moisturized and exfoliated to ensure a smooth application.
  • Lip liner pencil should be applied starting from your cupids bow and on. Apply in soft short strokes. Do not apply lip liner on the inner corners of your lips as it will settle and look unnatural. Fill in your lips with the lip pencil using short stokes as well. To blend the color just smack your lips together but do not rub.
  • Do not line past your lip line as it will look unnatural.
  • The best lipstick application comes with using a lip brush. Just pack the color onto your lip brush and apply an even layer of lipstick with short strokes.
  • You can apply lipstick straight from the tube as well; just make sure to stay within your lip liner lines.

Lip stains and long wear lipstick

Lip stains and long wear lipstick

Whether you’re a lipstick fanatic or only wear it on special occasions all lipstick wearers have been plagued by fading causing constant reapplication. So whether you’re going to a wedding, getting married yourself or just want a lipstick that will last all day without reapplication, long wear lipstick or lip stains might be your cure.

  • Stila Cosmetics lip stains uses a thin liquid that is applied to the lips and literally stains your lips to whatever color you choose. It generally lasts all day even through meals. However, it is very drying, thus it’s best to wear a lip gloss over it to keep lips hydrated.
  • Long wear lipsticks come in gloss tubes as well as a lipstick form. Like lip stains they will generally stain your lips thus careful application is important as it can be hard to remove mistakes. However, they don’t last as long as a lip stain does.
  • Long wear lipsticks are also relatively drying and will require a lip gloss to be worn over it.
  • With both long wear lipstick and lip stains if you want a “just applied look” you will have to reapply at least once in the day.

Do you need lip liner?

Do you need lip liner?

Lipstick is a given when it comes to applying color on your lips, but what about the often forgotten lip liner? What exactly does lip liner do and do you need it? Lip liner is actually a great tool in your lip wardrobe. To read about exactly what it does for your lips check out the tips below.

  • Lip liner can create a perfect base for your lipstick. You can line your lips and fill them in with a neutral, skin colored pencil to create a primer for lipstick or lip gloss.
  • You can use a lip liner pencil to line and shade in your lips in any shade for a matte look without the need for lipstick. For a shinier look just add clear gloss on top.
  • Lip liner helps prevent lip color (lipstick or lip gloss) from feathering and fading as lip liner is waxier then lipstick or lip gloss.
  • If you’re wearing lip liner with lipstick make sure the colors match or are complimentary. Contrasting lip liner and lipsticks colors are a big no.
  • Make sure your lips are moisturized prior to lip liner application.

Types of lip gloss

Types of lip gloss

Lip gloss is an easy way to slick on some shine and color with minimal effort. While some think it’s just for young girls who are experimenting with makeup for the first time, there are actually a number of different lip glosses for women of all ages. Check out our tips on lip gloss below before you make your next purchase.

  • Lip gloss is the perfect option for those who want shine and some color that’s not as intense as lipstick.
  • Lip gloss comes in many finishes such as clear, frosted, glitter and cream – which tends to be a little more opaque.
  • Lip gloss is great for teenage girls just starting out with makeup because it’s sheer and requires minimal effort. Lip gloss necklaces is a good starter for a young girl.
  • Not all lip glosses have mirror like shine and some even contain SPF.
  • You can pair lip gloss over your lipstick or lip liner to give the color new life or to add some shine.
  • Use a small amount of gloss in the center of your bottom lip to create the illusion of fuller lips.

Types of lipstick

Types of lipstick

Lipstick is one of the most popular makeup items for ladies. It can completely change the way you look and feel. With so many different colors and textures the options are limitless – you can rock a different look everyday. However, depending on your needs there are different types of lipstick textures. Read about them below.

  • Sheer or gloss lipstick will give you a more sheer application that will appear more like lip gloss. It adds a slight color to lips as opposed to rich color.
  • Matte lipstick is flat, deep, rich color with no shimmer or gloss. Matte lipstick will give you the deepest color of all lipstick finishes. It can however, be drying and is best for younger women as it will settle into fine lines.
  • Frost or shimmer lipstick is sparkly, glittery and tons of fun. It’s best suited for a night out.
  • Crème lipstick, like Benefit cream lipstick, hold is thicker and less shiny. It’s like matte lipstick with a bit of shine. It’s best suited for older women.
  • Long lasting lipstick is for all day wear and promises not to fade. It can be very drying so make sure to moisturize your lips or look for a long wear lipstick that comes with a gloss or moisturizer.

Exfoliating and priming lips

Exfoliating and priming lips

Lipstick, lip liner and lip gloss application can be so much easier if your lips are prepped and primed for color. It’s important to make sure your lips are smooth and treated to ensure that lip products go on smooth and stay on. Check out the tips below on exfoliating and priming your lips.

  • Exfoliating lips before lipstick application is key to removing dead skin cells and leaves lips soft and smooth. You can purchase lip exfoliators or you can use a simple mix of sugar and olive oil as a lip scrub.
  • Lip primers prep your lips for lipstick and ensure that it will stay on longer. It’s also a good buffer to have on so your lips don’t get dry from just lipstick alone and so lipstick doesn’t settle into the cracks of your lips.
  • Applying concealer before lipstick is a good way to get a neutral surface. It ensures that your lipstick will appear more true to the color it appears in the tube. It also makes your lipstick last longer.