For The Lips
to Apply Lip Color
Shape Correction & Special Effects
Color Choosing Help
for your lips is just as important as caring for the
rest of your skin. Our lips need regular moisturizing.
Our lips do not have large amounts of natural defenses
of their own and can be damaged easily from the drying
affects of the sun, wind, pollution and indoor heating
and cooling. Keeping your lips regularly moisturized
prevents the skin on your lips from becoming dry and
Keep your lips looking and feeling their best with
these simple tips and always remember that your lips
are are a unique part of the body in both appearance
and construction. They have no sweat glands, few oil
producing glands, and really the only protection body
wise we can deliver to them is saliva, which really
isn't helpful at all. Any one who has had dried, chapped
lips from licking the lips too much can relate!
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For The Lips - Simple and easy to do tips to keep
those lips in tip top shape.
- Try to avoid
licking your lips too much: this actually dries them out more,
causing them to chap and crack.
- Try gentle
exfoliation at least once a week to help shed some of the
built up dead skin on your lips. This will stimulate cell
turnover and help keep lips looking smooth, soft and healthy.
Be warned though, you should NEVER exfoliate sun burned, cracked
or damaged lips.
- Try to keep
your lips moisturized throughout the day with generous use
of moisturizing lip balms, glosses or sticks.
- Try to use
a deep moisturizing herbal lip balm at night while you sleep.
You'll awake with soft, kissable lips!
- Combat the
appearance of fine lines around the mouth with a simple facial
- Open your
mouth as wide as you can and resist slightly as you close
it. Repeat 10 to 12 times.
Lip Color - Lip
color adds the finishing touch to makeup. It should help unite
the other colors you have used and really bring your face to life.
However, if it is badly applied, it will look clumsy and unsubtle.
Typically, the answer to very well defined lips is to make use
of lip liner pencils to give lips a neat, defined edge and build
up color using a lip brush and your lip color. But, because we
don't make lip liner pencils or lip lining specific products yet,
we will substitute the use a liner pencil with a lip lining brush.
The overall look should be lips with extra definition and brought
to life with a burst of color.
- Step One -
Help to soften the lips and fill in fine lines by using a lip primer.
Gently rub on a small amount of primer to the lips and allow
to set. If need be, gently tap of excess primer or moisture
with a tissue.
- Step Two -
Outline the natural edge of the lips using a lip lining brush
and choosen lip color. To make sure the color doesn't bleed,
blot with a tissue to set color. This simple technique gives
you a guideline for applying your overall lip color.
- Step Three
- Use a slightly larger lip brush to apply remaining lip color;
this gives you more control over direction. Relax your mouth
so that it falls slightly open and brush on color from the
corners to the middle point of both lips.
- Step Four -
Press lips gently with a tissue, but be careful not to smudge
the color or to remove too much. Then brush on more color
to create a deeper effect.
- Step Five -
For a more mattified effect, dust lips LIGHTLY with a translucent
powder using a large soft brush. For a more shiny finish,
use a clear or lightly tinted lip gloss or shiny balm on top
of lip color.
Shape Correction & Special Effects - If you
want to correct any 'faults' in terms of lip shape - and let's
face it, very few people have perfectly symmetrical mouths - it
will be easier to start on a mouth bare of color. Please be aware
that these tips are considered advanced when it comes to everyday
lip stick application. It is best to practice these techniques
until you are satisfied with the outcome.
Thin Lips - Make thin lips look fuller and accentuate their
just outside the natural edge of your lips with a lip
- Brush on
lip color inside the line you have drawn.
- Thin lip
tip - Avoid using very matte colors as these can make
lips look even thinner; slightly glossy colors will make
lips look fuller.
Uneven Lips - Balance an uneven tip lip by;
just outside the thinner half of the lip and along the
natural edge of the fuller half using a lip liner.
- Check that
the line is even, then outline the bottom lip.
- Brush on
a lip color inside the lines drawn. If lips still look
uneven, add more color to the thinner half of the lip.
Shapeless Lips - Give lips more definition by;
the top lip with a lip liner to emphasize the 'm' in the
middle to create more of a 'cupid's bow'.
just outside the natural edge of the lower lip to make
it look fuller
- Brush on
a strong lip color to help give the lips even more definition.
Full Lips - Make full lips appear thinner by;
cover the lips with foundation the help 'blur' the edges.
the lips using a lip liner just inside their natural edge.
- Brush on
the lip color inside the lines drawn being careful not
go outside the line.
- Full lip
tip - Avoid pearly or glossy colors as these will make
the lips look even fuller.
Uneven Color - Balance different colored lips by;
cover both lips with foundation until the color appears
the lips with lip liner.
- Brush a
darker shade of your lip color onto the lip that look
lighter and a lighter shade onto the one that looks darker.
- Purse lips
gently together to even out the color more.
Color Choosing Help - Strong reds for sophisticated
glamour, barely there pinks and beiges for natural beauty, or
vibrant oranges for sporty style. The color of your lips can change
your appearance immediately. Try not to restrict yourself to wearing
just one color all the time. Instead, have several choices to
suit the effect you want to achieve and for different-colored
clothes. Look for lip colors that moisturize and protect your
lips too. It's a good thing to remember simple texture rules as
well. Pearly or shimmery lip colors attract attention to the lips
and make them appear fuller. Matte and semi matte lip colors create
warm natural effects that also help the lips look less full.
Your choice of color usually depends on several factors. Firstly,
you will have to determine whether you a cool or warm skin tone,
and select all your lip colors from either the cool or warm palette.
If possible, try to check the color on the back of your hand before
purchasing. While doing so, ask your self if can see more pink
mauve tone in the color, or whether you can see more orange and
yellow tones. If you see more pink or mauve tones, the color is
cool; if you see more orange or yellow tones, it is a warm color.
Secondly, your choice of lip color will be determined to some
extent by the colors of the clothing you are wearing. Your lip
color should not clash with your outfit, it should compliment
it. The last factor to consider is the style of dress, in terms
of casual daily wear or smart evening attire. If you are wearing
casual jeans and a t-shirt, you might want to go with natural
lip color rather than a deep color. On the other hand, if you
are wearing an evening gown, strong dark lip colors may be preferable
the natural lip look.
Just for the
sake of color choosing, we have included the color tone tables
for an added convenience.
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