Sunday, May 29, 2016

How To: Liquid Lipstick in Five Easy Steps


If I had to choose between wearing eyeshadow or lipstick, I'd go with lipstick  all the way. Putting on lipstick is the single easiest way to pull a makeup look together. And with all of the shades and finishes out there, the possibilities are endless. If you want a bold lip that won't budge, liquid lipstick is the way to go. Liquid lipsticks offer intense pigment and last way longer than sheer or satin lipsticks. While some people are wary of wearing liquid lipstick because it requires a more steady hand and some formulas can be overly drying, don't let that deter you. Just follow the simple steps below for bold, beautiful lips:

1. Exfoliate. Just like you exfoliate your face, you need to exfoliate your lips to get rid of the dead skin. I love the Lush lip scrubs, but you can easily whip up your own at home by mixing equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar. Once you have your scrub, apply a generous amount to your lips, gently rub, and wipe (or lick!) away. You'll be left with a soft, velvety-smooth pout  the perfect base for your liquid lipstick. 

2. Apply lip balm. If you're worried about your liquid lipstick drying out your lips, apply lip balm after exfoliating for some added moisture. To prevent the lip balm from altering the finish of your lipstick, dab away the excess with a clean towel or non-fibrous tissue.

3. Use a lip liner. Outline and fill in your lips with a shade as close to the shade of your liquid lipstick as possible. Outlining will give you guidelines for placement and will also help in creating precise lines. Filling in will help prevent your liquid lipstick from settling into the creases of your lips throughout the day.

4. Use a lip brush. Don't feel like you need to apply your liquid lipstick with the applicator it comes with. Using a lip brush will (1) prevent you from applying too much product and (2) help you achieve more precise lines. As a general rule, one coat is enough. If you apply 2 or more coats, you risk your lipstick looking cake-y.

5. Clean up with concealer. Liquid lipstick is harder to just wipe away, but don't worry if your lines aren't perfect. Just take a little concealer on a small definer brush and touch up any mistakes and make your lines more symmetrical. If you don't have a definer brush,  you can use a pointed q-tip.

Removal tip: Use a cleansing oil to break up your liquid lipstick, wash, and gently wipe away any excess with a muslin cloth.

What are some of your favorite liquid lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!

xo  Sc

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