This is the ultimate breakdown of makeup essentials, from the very basics to the in-depth information. Here I’ll tell you what to use, how to use it, and why it works for you! No face is the same, so make sure you’re in tune with your features and what flatters them! And most of all remember that makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, not to change YOU. These tips are all of my own information with some influence from the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. So read on and become informed!
Brushes make all the difference in makeup application. Everyone from skilled makeup artists to those who wear only the basics can benefit from using the right tools! Brushes are what takes a plain, mediocre look to the next level, and can automatically make you look more natural, confident, and professional. But it’s important to know what tools to use for which tasks, as well as how to use them.
Natural Bristles vs. Synthetic Bristles
One option is not better than the other, but certain types of bristles are better for different jobs. But what am I talking about anyway? Well, when you compare brushes, the difference will probably be easy to spot. Natural bristles are actually made of hair, usually, or sable, and are very soft. These can produce a more blended, natural look - so they’re better for working with powder-based products. Use natural bristled brushes for blush, face powder, and eye shadow!
Synthetic bristles, on the other hand, are not usually hair. If you’re just browsing through brushes these will appear shinier. They are stiffer than natural hair, so they can give you greater control and a more precise application! They also won’t absorb liquid, like natural bristles can, which makes them ideal for creamy products like concealer, foundation, gel liners, and lip color.
How to Choose the Better Brushes
Not all brushes are created equal. In fact, it’s almost always safe to say that with makeup brushes, it’s better to spend more money. It’s easy to get suckered into buying cheap brushes, but you will regret it - poor quality brushes shed bristles, feel rough against the skin, waste product or don’t apply it smoothly, and they will become ruined much faster.
When you’re shopping for brushes, you have to be able to touch them - plastic packaging will not do (ahem, drugstore brushes). Make sure you can open the package to feel the texture and softness of the brushes. Run your fingers through the bristles to make sure there is no fallout, and feel test how it feels in your hand. It’s important to be comfortable with your brushes, so that each stroke is as natural as possible!
Cleaning your Brushes and Other Tools
I cannot stress how incredibly important it is to make sure you clean your tools! Not only is it bad for your brushes to be caked with powder and cream, but it’s unsanitary! Part of the appeal of using brushes is the fact that you won’t be transferring dirt, oils and bacteria that live on your hand to sensitive areas on your face. Not cleaning your face brushes regularly (a couple times a week) can cause irritation and breakouts - not cleaning your eye brushes every week or so can make you more susceptible to eye infections (if you share brushes, especially!) So please, PLEASE take the time to clean your brushes… and clean them well. You’ll actually increase the life of your brushes by keeping them in tip-top shape!
There are lots of ways you can clean your brushes. Sponges can be hand washed with water and soap a couple times before they must be tossed. Many companies sell bottled Brush Cleaner, which usually contains oils and alcohol to sanitize and offer a quick-clean solution. These you can simply spray onto your brushes and wipe clean, but they don’t deep cleanse. You can simply use soap; baby shampoo is a very popular method. But personally I like to do something a little more special.
It’s important to condition your brushes with natural bristles, because they can eventually dry out and break off - not good! I also like to make sure to kill bacteria, which simple soaps and shampoos just don’t do. For this reason I choose to do this: create a mixture of warm water with olive oil, and let the bristles soak for a minute. DO NOT SUBMERGE THE WHOLE BRUSH - you can melt the glue that holds in the bristles, and completely ruin your brushes. When you take your brush out of this mixture, makeup will just start melting off. Using clean warm water, begin to rinse out the excess makeup. Water won’t get all the oil out of your brush, so the next step is to use a drop of antibacterial hand soap on the brush and work it in, fully cleaning your brush of dirt, oil and makeup. Rinse and pat out excess water with a paper towel. To dry, store upside-down or at a downward slant so that water doesn’t run into the barrel. DO NOT let brushes dry upside down or on their side! You’ll ruin them.
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The following steps are listed in order of most logical application! Use each type as needed. But remember… before you apply makeup you MUST incorporate a thorough skin routine! To learn about ways to get healthy skin, visit http://DrugstorePrincess.com/face ♥
Concealer & Corrector
Concealer is one of the most important beauty secrets, and alone is one of the most useful tools in your beauty regimen. Simply popping a bit of undereye concealer on in the morning will transform your face from sallow and tired to bright and awake! With concealer you can hide blemishes, cover redness, and blend away imperfections like scars or tattoos. It’s important to learn which formulas are best and how to apply them!
This is one of those steps you should never skip. Even those with flawless skin will instantly look refreshed with this technique. The skin underneath your eyes can become puffy very easily, and is thin enough for the blue veins to show through, causing dark circles. A simple layer of concealer, strategically applied, will brighten this area. Undereye concealer is usually a bit thinner in formula than other concealers. You should always select a concealer with yellow undertones - these cancel out discoloration and are more flattering on the skin. Concealer should also be one to two shades lighter than your foundation shade. This will brighten your complexion. It’s important to apply an undereye cream before concealer, so that concealer goes on smoothly and doesn’t cake!
**Undereye Concealer is the ONLY type of concealer that should go underneath your foundation. Set under eye concealer with powder, and then apply foundation over top. Concealing blemishes or redness should be done on top of foundation.**
First you should apply a spot treatment to your blemish on bare skin, after your moisturizer. These could contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (see DSP’s Skincare section). Apply your foundation next. Use a clean concealer brush to apply a thick concealer, like a stick concealer, to that area only. Blend any obvious lines. The trick is to hide any discoloration without drawing attention to the spot or covering it too heavily.
Use a thin layer of concealer over your foundation. Often it helps to apply concealer to redness with your fingers, because your body heat will make the concealer more blendable. Don’t apply a very thick layer, or it can look cakey!
What is Corrector?
Correctors are available for extreme undereye darkness. When a regular concealer cannot fully lighten the under eye area, a peach or pink corrector is used to counter the purple or green tones. This is simply applied underneath a regular, yellow toned concealer. Pink corrector is used for lighter skin tones, while shades of peach are available for tan and dark skin.
Foundation is used to even out our skin tone and texture. When applied correclty, the result is skin that looks clear and smooth. Some people are afraid of foundation because they associate it with either a thick, cakelike appearance or an orange, oompa-loompa like complexion. But foundation isn’t all bad - as long as you know what to look for.
This type of foundation is best for those with incredibly dry skin, or for those who just don’t like the look or feel of makeup on their skin. Tinted moisturizer is very sheer, and often contains a high amount of SPF - perfect for the summertime, or any time when you want your skin to be protected, yet still able to breathe. It’s easiest to apply liquid foundation with your fingers, as you would a regular moisturizer. For more information on tinted moisturizers, check out my in-depth post: Click Here!
Liquid foundation is great for all skin types, and comes in varying amounts of coverage. Oil-free liquid foundation is recommended for oily or combination skin - make sure you read your label! You can apply liquid foundation in many ways - with your fingers, makeup sponges, or various brushes. Apply a thin layer of foundation and let it set for a few minutes, and then spot correct any areas that need extra coverage. Always set with a powder for a matte, lasting finish!
Cream foundation is rather thick, and gives full coverage. These usually are ideal for dry or normal skin, as they are very hydrating. To apply, simply buff on with a synthetic brush, or use your fingers! Skin will look incredibly smooth. However if you have acne prone skin, be wary, because often these can worsen breakouts.
A light, airwhipped version of cream foundation… these are marketed towards those with oily skin, because they give a matte finish, however they never are able to settle on the skin, and they wear off easily. These are great for combination or normal skin, because the coverage is smooth and poreless. Apply as you would a cream foundation.
These come in a retractable tube, and are rather hard but, when warmed with fingers, can blend easily into skin. These are best for people with normal skin, or those that wish for the fullest coverage over problem areas.
Mineral Powder Foundation
Usually, these are loose powders that are applied with a kabuki brush. Mineral foundations are formulated with fewer chemicals, making them great for normal or acne prone skin. Coverage varies by method of application.
Selecting a Shade
The scariest part of foundation shopping is finding a shade that matches your skin tone. Usually people select a shade that’s either too light or too dark for their skin, and are frustrated with the results. A solution for this is simple - know how to match a shade correctly.
Make sure your foundation has yellow undertones.
This might sound wrong to some people, but foundations that have pink undertones will create a dirty cast on your face, and will never blend into the rest of your skin.
Actually test a foundation, before you buy.
If you’re buying at the drugstore level, this can be a little harder, but there is a solution! Stores like MAC, Sephora, and Ulta have makeup artists who can help you find your appropriate shade… ask for a sample of the foundation they match you with and take it home with you. Take note of the name of the shade - key words like “beige”, “cool”, “natural” will be able to help you find a similar foundation with the same undertones. Take the sample bottle with you when you go into the store for comparison.
When you match your foundation, select a shade that matches the color on your face. A close match to that color will be on the inner part of your arm. Also pick a shade lighter and a shade darker for comparison. Swatch each of these foundations side by side on your face (or arm) and lightly blend in with your finger. The one that disappears into your skin will be your match!
If you can’t match in the store, try to purchase your foundation from a store like Ulta or Rite Aid, which have a return policy for makeup. You can look up return policies for other stores online to make sure you can return or exchange makeup that doesn’t match. Please, if your foundation doesn’t match, don’t keep it and try to make it work. A proper match is a proper match, and anything else will look unnatural.
Other Foundation Concerns:
If you have oily skin, beware of the orange! The oils in our skin, over time, can mix with foundation (usually powder) and turn it a horrid orange shade. The oilier your skin, the faster and worse your foundation will oxidize. Usually you can avoid this by picking a powder a shade lighter than you normally would - higher quality liquid foundations have better pH balances and shouldn’t let this happen.
Are your face and neck two different colors? Correcting this is simple… darken whichever area is lightest with a dusting of bronzer powder.
Your foundation doesn’t stay on your face? Sometimes, foundation will simply melt and wear off your face without you even noticing. Often this is due to oily skin, but this can happen to almost anyone. There are two ways to prevent this - layer a face primer underneath your foundation (for normal skin NOT prone to breakouts), or simply dust a layer of powder over your liquid/cream foundation. Powder should always finish off your foundation, to keep blush/bronzer from streaking.
New foundation making you break out? It could be just that you’ve picked a bad foundation (read some other reviews on that product to see if others had similar reactions), but usually it takes a good week or two for your skin to become adjusted to a new product. This goes for anything you put on your face. Have patience before you make an official verdict!
Foundation primer is a transparent creamy product, applied to skin over moisturizer and under makeup. This creates the base for a smoother application of product, as well as longer wear. Covers pores and pock marks to make foundation look more even. However, not ideal for acne-prone skin. The silicones in primers can cause breakouts.
Makeup setting sprays vary from product to product, but the point of them is to set your makeup and make it virtually waterproof/wearproof. Most aren’t perfect, but sometimes they do help. These are lightweight mists you spray over top of your finished makeup looks, that dry quickly and help absorb oil. Some are meant to give you a cooling burst of moisture as well. These aren’t ideal for oily skin.
What it’s for:
Powder is dusted over the face, and is used to control oils and to set your makeup. When applied correctly, powder will give your foundation longer staying powder and a more flawless finish. However not all powders are created equally, and it’s important to know what to look for.
Pressed powder can be found in a compact, and appears completely solid. Pressed powder is best applied with a powder brush, but many choose to apply these with puffs that come in the compact. This will give you very sheer coverage, but will soak up excess oil and refine your face.
Loose powder is usually found in small pots, jars or containers, and is loose and fluffy like dirt. Because of this, loose powder can become very messy - but it also is more buildable and can give you more coverage. Loose powder is better to be used as foundation alone, unless applied very sparingly. This is best applied with a large powder brush, or a fluffy puff. Mineral loose powders are often buffed onto the skin with a kabuki brush.
Translucent vs. Color
Most powders double as foundation… they come in various shades that are meant to match your skin tone. You should always find a powder that matches your liquid foundation shade. However there is also an alternative to trying to find your shade… and that is translucent powder. Translucent powder shows up colorless on the skin, and can be either loose or pressed powder. Because it is colorless it’s usually only used as a setting/finishing powder over makeup.
What powder is best for me?
If you have dry skin, you should avoid using powder. Powder is meant to soak up excess oil on the face, meaning that it will only parch your skin more. Powder also accentuates dry skin and flakes. Instead, use a hydrating cream or liquid foundation, and use powder sparingly.
If you are prone to breakouts, powder as a foundation will probably not be your best option. Powder gives very sheer to light coverage, and won’t be able to conceal those imperfections. Instead, apply concealer over your spots and set with a powder foundation to even out your skin tone.
People with very oily skin must take extra precautions when using powder. Although powder will help control shine, lots of excess oil can cause some powders to oxidize and turn orange over time. If you plan on using powder as your only form of foundation, it’s wise to choose a shade a bit lighter than you normally would. Otherwise select translucent powder!
People with combination skin should simply apply a liquid foundation all over and apply powder only over their oily areas (T-zone), so oil is under control but any dry areas won’t be accentuated.
If you have normal skin, you can choose to apply powder as you wish - clear complexions can simply dust powder over their face to stay matte all day.
BLUSH & BRONZER
Especially if you use foundation of any kind, you need to apply either blush, bronzer, or both to add a natural flush to your face. Depending on your skin tone and the overall makeup look you’re trying to achieve, there are various colors and strengths that are best.
- Powder Blush - Easy to apply with a large blush brush, should only be lightly on the apples of your cheeks - not too bright, and not too much. The point of blush is to make you look flushed and natural, not like a porcelain doll.
- Powder Bronzer - Should be applied where the sun would naturally kiss your face; in the sallows of your cheeks for contouring, along your browbone and the ridge of your nose. This should not be applied so that it looks streaky or too much darker from your natural skin color - blend blend blend! Bronzer can also be brushed along your collarbone or cleavage to define your ‘features’.
- Cream Blush/Bronzer - Should be applied only to the apples of your cheeks and blended well into your existing foundation. If you are prone to acne, you shouldn’t use creamy products - stick to powders, which are kind on every type of skin.
- Blush/Bronzer Palettes - These come in a pressed powder form, and can be very pretty and quite handy in a pinch. These come with various shades of blush or bronzer, light and dark, so that you can customize the intensity of your look as you see fit. These are great for contouring, and are ideal for a natural look.
Powders can last up to two years, after which you should discard it. Creams last about a year, unless you use your fingers - then you should throw it out after 6 months!
Almost everyone I know wears eyeliner in some sort of way as their everyday go-to look. Lining your eyes is the ultimate way to get definition and to really make your peepers pop! However there are many different ways to line your eyes, and it can get tricky - depending on the look you’re going for.
- Pencil Liner - This is the most common type of liner, because it is portable, easy and quick to apply. You can get these in almost any color, at any price point - but they are all designed to do the same thing. These are easiest to line the inner rims of your eyes, and are good to blend if you are going for a smokey look.
- Crayon Liner - These liners are retractable pencils, but they do not need to be sharpened. They work much the same as traditional pencil liners, but they tend to have a little bit of a sharper line. These are good if you are trying to make a very thin line in a very short amount of time.
- Liquid Liner - Liquid eyeliner is scary for most people until they actually start to use it. The technique is difficult to master at first, but once you get the hang of it, your eyes will really reap the benefits. Liquid gives you the most precise line possible, and goes on smoothly without a hitch. The easiest way to apply it is to draw a couple of dashes across your upper lash line, and connect them, creating a smooth, perfect line. You’ll need a steady hand, but this is the easiest way to get a classy lined eye.
- Gel Liner - This is the newest type of liner, and it’s definitely one of the best. It is somewhat of a hybrid between a pencil liner, a liquid liner, and eyeshadow. It is a creamy formula that you apply with a tiny liner brush, and gives you a very precise line without the stress of getting a perfect liquid line. Gel liners last a long time, like liquid liners, but they are still blendable and customizable like the pencils.
Pencil liners, when sharpened regularly, can last up to 3 years. Liquid liner should be tossed after 6 months maximum.
Mascara is normally either the finishing touch or the mandatory product; it enhances every look and makes you look wide awake, fresh and beautiful. However - not all mascaras are made alike, just as all eyelashes are not made alike. There are so many different formulas, brushes, and brands of mascara out there that it can be nearly impossible to find the perfect one for you. Thats why I suggest - mix and match! Experiment! You can never have enough of these cute little tubes.
- Lengthening Mascara - Normally, lengthening mascara is going to give you long, defined lashes instead of fullness. However, some lengthening mascaras will clump easily, so I would not suggest using an eyelash curler with this type of mascara. This type is good if you have short or light-colored lashes.
- Thickening Mascara - This type is meant to give you thicker, fuller lashes and a bolder eye. You don’t have as much of a problem with clumps, so go ahead and use your curler. If you want drama and lushness, this is the kind of mascara for you.
- Small Mascara Brushes - These are better for lengthening and defining, and are great for your lower lashes because you don’t have a big bulky brush smearing mascara everywhere. If the brush has short bristles then it will be a better brush because it will apply more evenly and reduce clumps.
- Big Mascara Brushes - Designed to give you fuller, bigger lashes, these brushes can cause more smearing, especially if it has long bristles. However if you make sure to wipe off most of the formula from the brush, you’ll find that these types of brushes will give you crazy long lashes.
In order to avoid clumps and to achieve the most natural-looking, fullest lashes, you should take these steps when applying:
- Begin with a volumizing mascara. Wipe most of the excess off of the wand, so the brush looks almost clean. Wiggle the wand at the base of your upper lashes (with your eye open) without actually sweeping the wand through to the end. This will separate your lashes perfectly and keep them plump and full the whole day.
- Next use a lengthening mascara, wiping off most of the excess formula. Close your eye most of the way, and sweep the wand down the top of your upper lashes (the side you don’t normally put mascara on). Wait a few seconds for the mascara to dry so you don’t get spots on your eyelid. Then, open your eye and sweep the mascara through again, the normal way. This way, your entire lashe will be covered, making them look longer and more dramatic.
- Finally, use either mascara (depending on how full you want your lashes to be) and simply pat your bottom lashes until they are covered in mascara - not too hard, or you’ll smear it all over your bottom lid, making it look runny and messy. Do not sweep the mascara through the lengths of your bottom lashes, or you’ll get a spidery, uber-Twiggy effect (which, unless you’re trying to look like Luna Lovegood, is not the sexiest look.) Now you’re finished!! Bat those sexy things ;)
- Eyelash Curlers - These scary devices look tricky, but when used properly they can really enhance the look of your lashes without using tons of mascara. It is better to curl your lashes before applying the rest of your eye makeup, because mascara could cause your lashes to stick to the curler and pull. Be very gentle when curling because if you do it too much and too vigorously, you could cause your lashes to grow in smaller and more sparsely.
- False Lashes - Most people think falsies are only for clubbing and photo shoots - but you’d be wrong. There are many great, inexpensive and natural-looking lashes out there that are perfect for everyday use. In most cases, you really just have to try them out and see what they look like before you know what length and thickness is right for you… (that sounded kind of dirty hahaha). The trick is to apply a very thin line of glue on the lash, wait 10 seconds for it to get tacky, and then hold it directly against your lash line for 30-45 seconds, making sure it doesn’t stick to your fingers. It takes practice, but once you master it you’ll be able to pull off a truly stunning look. Once the the falsies are applied and dry, you can curl them or even add mascara to shape them how you want them.
Mascara should be thrown away every 3-6 months, otherwise bacteria could begin to grow inside the tube that could be transferred to your eyes!
Whether you love bold, bright eyeshadows, prefer a sexy smokey eye, or you’re more of a natural girl, every time you close your eyes, some kind of impression is going to be made. You can either change your whole look, or simply enhance your natural beauty, simply by swiping on a shade or two (and lets admit it.. playing with eyeshadow is fun!) However, you’ve got to be careful to make your eyeshadow look classy, not trashy, and not like a little kid did it. Most eyeshadows come with a diagram on how to apply color, but sometimes the terms get a little tricky to understand.
- Brow Bone - When it comes to applying eyeshadow, this term refers to the place right underneath your eyebrow. Normally this is where the lightest, or highlighting shade will go.
- Inner Corner - This is the part of the eye closest to the nose, where your tear duct is. This is also the place where you should apply highlight.
- Outer Corner - The outer corner (part of the eye farthest from the nose) is where most of your shadow will be placed, since it connects to your crease and your lashline.
- Lid - When you are applying shadow, your lid is simply the part of your eyelid that covers your eyeball (difficult and weird to explain), the part that rounds out.
- Crease - This is the part of your eyelid that sinks in, between your eyeball and your brow bone. The darker colors normally go here, and help contour your eye to make it look sexiest and defined.
- Lashline - Your Upper or Lower lashlines are closest to where your lashes grow from. The darkest shade of shadow or eyeliner will go here.
Here are a few of the most popular looks, and a general way to achieve all of these:
- Natural Girl - For when you’re running out of your dorm for your 8:00 class, bumming around the house on the weekends, or you simply prefer to flaunt what god gave you, this look is for you. If you hate the idea (or don’t have the time for) eyeshadow, make sure you at least sweep a little foundation on your lids. I’ve seen too many people walking around looking crazy because they didn’t put their makeup on their eyes. If you just want to look like your pretty, natural self (but aren’t opposed to a bit of glimmer) invest a few bucks into a light, shimmery gold shadow that you can just sweep over your entire lid. In any makeup look, light shadow should be swept under the eyebrow and on the inside corner of the eye - this makes your eye look brighter, resulting in you looking more awake. White or nude eyeliner will do a similar thing. Pair this with a bit of eyeliner or mascara, and you’ve got a pretty, effortless look for every day.
- Everyday Sexy - To pull off this look, you just need to have a two- or three-color palette of a matte or shimmery eyeshadow, and you have to be able to accept a little bit of attention (because you’re going to look HOT.) The best color palette for this is brown, but grey/black, purple, blue, pink, or dark green work as well. Find a color that really compliments your eyes and skin - not too bright or clownish. This is meant to be neutral and to enhance your beauty, whatever you plan on doing. First, take the lightest color in your palette (make it very light) and sweep it all over your lid, under your brow, and on the inside corner of your eye. Next, take the darker color and sweep it in a c shape through your crease to the outer corner, and down the upper lash line. For a little extra drama, take the middle shade and smudge it on the outer half of your lid to your liking, being careful not to go much higher than your crease. This will look like a miniature smokey eye - not as intense, but just as sexy. Top off with eyeliner and mascara, and you’re good to go - to class, to the mall, to the club, or wherever your heart desires. You’re gonna look fierce.
- Bright Shadow - This look takes a bit more confidence, but is a lot more fun. You should try to get the color in a two- three- or four-color palette, or find a single shade and a highlight color to go with the look. Highlighting is the key to making this look natural, and not like a little kid playing with mommy’s makeup. First, sweep a light nude or complimenting shadow all over your lid, under your brow, and on the inside corner. Then take your color of choice, and sweep it lightly over the lid, not going over the crease much, but just beyond the outer corner of your eye. If you have a darker, contouring color in your palette, you should apply this to the crease of your lid, and along the upper lash line to your taste. This look can either be very bold or very light and tasteful - experimenting is the best way to master a bright shadow. You should avoid glittery shadows when going colorful, because you will get a clown-like (or 11-year-old-like) effect, which isn’t exactly going to make the boys/girls come running. You should never wear a bright lipstick or a lot of blush with a bright eyeshadow look, either - try a nude lipstick or just lip balm/clear gloss, and a minimal amount of pink blush or bronzer. The focus is going to be on your eyes, and you’re going to want to own it.
- Smokey Eye - This is one of the most popular makeup looks, if the most dramatic and eye catching. This requires a full palette (three or four shades), a lot of confidence, and a suitable occasion. Use a highlighting color under your brow and on your inner corner to open up your eye. Then take the next shade darker, and cover your lid, crease, and wing out slightly at the outer corner. Now take the third darkest color and apply to the crease and the outer half of your lid. If you have a fourth color, also add this to the crease (making the c shape around to your lashline as well.) Use the darkest color to line your upper AND the outer half of your lower lashline. Make sure you blend the colors together well. This shadow looks best with liner on your upper and lower lashline, and mascara on both upper and lower lashes as well. This is a heavy but super-sexy makeup look, and works best with darker colors.
Powder eyeshadow can last up to two years, after which it should be thrown away. Cream eyeshadow should be tossed after one year.
Your pout, other than your eyes, is the feature that others will be most drawn to. For this reason, you’ve got to make sure that, no matter what look you’re going for, your lips are sexy and sweet. There are so many lip products out there, it’s easy to get confused as to what’s best for you. Here’s a breakdown of them all:
- Lip Balm - It’s not called “chapstick” - that’s a brand. It’s lip balm, and it’s easily your mouth’s best friend. Lip balm not only moisturizes your lips and keeps them from getting chapped, but it makes you easier to kiss and can even prevent diseases. You should always be wearing lip balm, even under your other lip products. Most come with built in SPF and vitamins, so you can’t go wrong. Plus they’re portable and easy to slick on during any activity! Unfortunately, they’re just as easy to lose.
- Lip Gloss - Whether you’re going out to a fancy dinner, or you’re just headed out to the grocery store, over 50% of American women between the age of 13 and 25 slick on lip gloss every day. You can get clear or colored, scented or flavored. Sometimes these get sticky, and they’re nearly impossible to kiss with unless you don’t mind giving your subject a shiny insignia.
- Lip Stick - As scary as lip gloss is for the over-40 set, lipstick is generally just as frightening for the under-25’s. However, lipstick is universal, classy and flattering. The original symbol of a sexy woman was a brigth red pout, and it still is today. However nowadays, lipsticks come in hundreds of brands, colors, and formulas, from sheer bubblegum pink, to shiny lustrous coral, to classic matte red. Most often lipstick is worn on special or professional occasions, but it should definitely be an everyday staple as well.
- Lip Liner - Modern makeup-doers think of lip liner and cringe, because the typical image is over-drawn fake looking clown lips, or dark brown liner on nude lips (ew!) Today, lip liner is used best for girls with very thin lips, or wrinkles around the mouth - go for a nude stick, swipe it around the borders of your mouth, and then add a pretty lipstick. The lip liner will make sure your color doesn’t run.
- Lip Stain - Lipstain is a lot like a marker for your lips, it applies sheer, natural-looking color onto your lips that sinks in, rather than laying overtop of your lips like stick or gloss. Lipstain is long-lasting and has a matte finish.
When doing a strong, bright lip look, you should go easy on your eye makeup. If you go big at both focal points, you’ll quickly look overdone. It is better to highlight one feature at a time to look kissably gorgeous.
Lipstick can last for 2-3 years before it should be discarded - lip gloss, 2 years max. Lip liner should also be used for two years maximum.