Since lipstick has become my “thing” (don’t worry, Gretchen Weiners of the world, I’ll share my look with everyone) I’ve experimented a lot with application as well as color. I often vary how heavily I fill in my lips per the look I’m building – sometimes I want to look precise and polished, other times I want to go bold and make a statement. Lipstick is all about attitude.
Sometimes I use it to make a statement just so I don’t have to deal with putting on much other makeup. *HUGE TIME SAVER*Or, I’ll have a full look I’m going for where I’ll look great but hardly recognize myself. When I’m wearing my sig, Funny Face by NARS, I almost never wear liner as it’s vivid enough to wear on its own. If wearing for a night out or event, I’ll top it off with the same liner I blend into a different color here.
Lip liner isn’t a requirement, but it does add an additional layer of “finished” if that’s the vibe you’re looking for (hint: looking for employment/semi-professional betches). Also, some people swear by a lip brush, but I don’t care to use one. My only advice if you do that is to invest in a high-quality brand, they will be worth the money. Related: A nice 2014-esque lipstick hybrid that I’ve fallen in love with is the NARS Pencils. The texture of the types I’ve tried are heavenly, and the colors wear well.
No matter *how* you’re choosing to apply, here’s the 1-2-3 for putting on, and pulling off, lipstick:
- Make sure your lips are clean, buffed, and moisturized. If you have a primer, use it here.
- Apply your lipstick. Fill in your pout, and make it tough. Make sure you slick taut lips with the color to make sure color is deposited in those little feathery bits of your lips (especially if you’re NOT using a primer – it’s critical to ensure a smooth finished look). Fill it in as full as you can without coloring outside of the lines, the lip liner is in charge of that.
- Using an appropriately colored liner and using the lightest touch ever. We’re talking light, fluffy strokes until you get the feel and your pencil warms up a little and starts to blend into your lipstick smoothly. Carefully fill in until you have a crisp line to your liking. If all else fails, start over.
Practice really does make perfect with this one. Kisses, bitches. xx