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Lipstick advice
August 29, 2015, 2:57 pm

You probably must have noticed that certain lipsticks can look and feel very different on you and your friends. There are reasons for this, in terms of lip textures; there are different variations of dry and nourished. However, both ingredient selection and concentration will alter the texture and longevity of a lipstick in addition to the variation on the part of the user as well.

For example, your lips may be dry, chapped and flaking or nourished and moist but not smooth.  Many folks have different levels of moisturization on their lips and it is translated in different ways when applying lipstick. For some, it could allow less lipstick to stay on, while many folks are able to go without lipstick for periods of time due to the extra moisture. These are part of the several things that could affect the perfect application of your favorite lip color.

Like with your hair and skin, the texture of your lips may change as you get older. If you feel your lips have lost color, try a lipstick with good coloration instead of a sheer or gloss type. If you feel like it has lost moisture, then go the opposite route. Here are some additional points to keep in mind when buying lipstick.

Lipsticks are made with many different textures and finishes. Sheer, glossy formulas are a great way to wear a bold poppy lip color without it overwhelming your features. This also happens to work well on both dry and nourished lips. If lips are dry and you have a lipstick you love to wear, add gloss on top to moisturize and condition.

The general rule is the shinier the lipsticks the less they stay on, that is why gloss does not stay on very long.  Some lipsticks may stay on longer if they have a higher concentration of pigment. Most conventional makeup is about 30 percent to 40 percent pigment and the rest of the ingredients are fillers. Matte lipsticks usually stay on longer because they are flat colors and have a higher concentration of pigment.

A good trick to keep lipstick or gloss on longer is to layer.  Apply lipstick and pat with a pressed powder then reapply lipstick, with gloss. Or, use a cream blush on the lips then apply gloss – the blush will form a base for the gloss and keep it lasting longer. You can also use concealer as a lip primer, just make sure it is not too white as this will impact the color of the lip gloss or lipstick.

If your favorite lip color feels dry upon application, try applying a quick swipe of lip balm under your lipstick. Additionally, try to avoid licking or chewing on your lips throughout the day as this will both ruin your lip color and lead to chapped, cracked skin.

If you have dry lips and you are looking to fake well-hydrated lips: Exfoliate first, by either brushing your lips with a wet toothbrush or applying a lip balm or oil, then wiping off the lip balm or oil after five minutes. This will remove the dry, surface layer. Add another coat of balm or oil to your lips after wiping the first coat off. Then outline lips in a lip-toned or nude lip pencil. Stay on your lip line, emphasizing your cupid’s bow and the bottom of your lower lip, with the line gradually getting thinner as it goes toward your outer lips. Add a colorless or white highlighter to the center of the lower lip, blending back and forth, as well as in the center of cupid’s bow and under the center of lower lip. Blend the highlighter out so that it’s a colorless light reflector. Fill lip with sheer lip gloss in light or clear shade. If the gloss is shimmery it will further make your pout look plumper.


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