The effect our lipstick has on the overall make up can either highlight or completely murder it. So it is important to know your shape and how best to show it to advantage. It is also important to be aware of the different types of lipsticks on the market and which ones you should choose for yourself.
There are creamy shades, sheer, glossy, metallic, matte and pencilled lipsticks. For best results always outline lips with a lip pencil and fill the centre with colour or for precise application use a lip brush.
To make the lipstick last longer, blot lipstick with a single ply tissue, then re-apply. This absorbs oil and leaves the pigment. Putting powder over the top of the first coat of colour and reapplying will also do the same.
If you are altering the shape of your lips, dab foundation on the lips, especially on the natural lip line. This will make the finished shape more realistic.
Pat on powder and then outline with a liner on the outer line of your lips to increase the size or the inner line of the lips to make them appear smaller, whichever is your requirement.
There are several different shapes of lips as depicted in the diagrams, which I found in a book and scanned for Star Lifestyle.
Identify your type and learn how best to make them appear attractive and inviting!
It's generally understood that light colours should be reserved for the day and vibrant colours for the night but there are exceptions, of course.
For instance, if your eye makeup is dramatic then your lips should be light and vice versa.
A full mouth should be neutral and soft glossy hues should be used. Outlining would make them appear fuller, so it can be avoided. Matte strong colours for thinner lips work better as it's easier to enlarge and alter.
As far as makeup is concerned, experimentation is the name of the game. So get out there and try new techniques, colours and remember that at the end of the day there really are no rules as such...whatever works for you, go ahead and do it.
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