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Prepare for a bold lip
November 10, 2014, 3:56 pm
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Whether it’s the wine-stained lip or a deep fuchsia colour, a bold lip proved to be the trendiest beauty accessory this season. To show off your brilliant pout, here are some tips on how to wear a dark lip like a pro. 

Don't be afraid of a bold statement lip: How you wear a bold lip depends on your level of comfort. You should choose a colour that makes you feel confident and happy. And you will have a wonderful choice since dark colours are versatile and can complement various skin tones.

Prep your lips for a smooth, even application: Try a homemade simple sugar scrub each week. Mix a teaspoon of fine sugar and a dessert spoon of avocado oil (olive oil will do as well) and mix in a little pot. Then, gently buff away—preferably in the shower. The moisture allows for a deep scrub of the dead tissue.

Don’t forget the base: Always apply foundation or concealer to lips first, then smooth the lip colour on top. It really does make it last longer and gives the lipstick a surface to adhere to that makes the colour more prominent. Your best option is to go for a matte lipstick. Anything shiny tends to wear much faster while brighter pigments like reds tend to stay longer.

Blot your lips after applying colour: Make sure your lips are not sticky or wet—then reapply your lip colour. This will help with extending your application well into the night. The shape and pigment should hold on the lip—even with eating and drinking—so a quick touch up is all you need. At the ends of the day if you can still see your lipstick, then it’s been a good lipstick-wearing day.

Keep the rest of your makeup simple and uncomplicated: With darker lipstick, always do a lighter eye and cheek, making your lips the focus of the makeup look. Think a nude eyeshadow or a neutral gold with swipe of liner and a coat or two of mascara. As for blush, go with a softer colour, like a light pink or coral and highlighter.

Practice good lip care: Always apply lip balm before heading to bed each night. Some women like to apply a good old-fashioned coconut oil directly to their lips as it works just as well as lip balm. When you sleep you aren’t talking or moving so it stays on and does its job of keep your lips moisturized.

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