Applying lipstick may not seem like a very involved process, some say they just swipe and leave the house. But one wrong move and suddenly you look like a weirdo. When it comes to lipstick, there is a fine line between red carpet and clown town. Since every one falls victim to a lipstick faux pas now and again, here are the four most common lipstick fails and how to fix them like a pro.
Lip liner is too dark: You never want your liner to be too dark, as you wind up looking like a coloring book that needs to be filled in. To achieve a well-defined lip with a deep liner, color in the entire lip — top and bottom. Then, blend your lipstick all the way to the edge of the liner. This way your lip color will look seamless.
Starting at the corner of your lips: Where you begin the application matters. Always apply lipstick starting at the center of your lips, moving outward. If you start at the corners of your mouth, you are more prone to drawing outside the lines. Beginning in the center and moving out gives you more control for a perfect, precise lip border every time.
Choosing a color that makes your lips look smaller: If you have naturally thin lips, you might think choosing a bold shade will make them appear bigger — but it actually does the opposite. If you have smaller lips, you can still follow the bold lip trend, but choose a bright color that has transparency and shine. It will help keep your lips looking fuller.
Ignoring the overall make-up look: You might know every lipstick rule in the book, but if you are not taking the rest of your look into account, your lipstick choice can throw everything off. For example, are you wearing a bright red sweater? Then skip that electric pink lipstick you are eager to try on. Or, if you have created a fabulous smoky eye, keep your lipstick more toned down and opt for a nude lip instead. Also, you should steer clear of fixing up your make-up to look too ‘matchy-matchy’. A total monochromatic palette can be a little boring. Rather mix things up by selecting lipstick shades that offer some contrast with the rest of your make-up.