As a make up junkie, I like to do my research on different make up looks and if anything is changing in the make up world. Like fashion, make up looks come in and out of styles. So staying in the loop is an important part of being a make up artist. I visit websites, I watch red carpet events, entertainment shows, TV shows, I look at magazines, and the thing that I have noticed the most lately is, you guessed it, LIPS! People are getting more adventurous with experimenting with colour, and different techniques. The rules of wearing bright colours in the spring/summer months and darker shades in the fall/winter months are long gone. The key is finding the right shades that complements your skin ton and the formulas that you like to wear.
Before putting on any gorgeous colour, you want to prep your lips, this will make applying lip liner, lipsticks, and lip-glosses much easier. Lipstick tend to accentuate chapped, dry lips. especially if it is a more vibrant colour, keeping them well hydrated will allow the product to look smooth and preventing lipstick from feathering out. Once a week, (if I remember) I like to make a lip scrub. Like your face you want to gently remove dry and dead skin. Take some granulated sugar and mix it with either olive oil or coconut oil until it makes a paste like consistency. Then lightly exfoliate the lips, wash off with warm water, and then immediately apply lip balm or some coconut oil. Doing this before bed will give the lip balm to soak in, and when you wake up your lips will be extremely soft. For the rest the time, I apply lip balm after I wash and moisturize my face. While the balm soaks in I will do my face and eye make up. Leaving the lips for last is generally a good idea, that way you won't smudge the product and make a huge mess. Once I am done, I'll either leave the balm on, or I will blot with a Kleenex, this depends on how much balm you put on or how oily the product is. Then all that's left to do is apply your favourite shade and you're on your way. If you are worried about staining, reds, brights, and deep colours tend stain, there are lip primers you can buy. I say save your money, once the lipstick has worn off you are left with a nice lip stain.
I hope these are helpful tips for prepping the lip, and overall lip care. Have fun with some amazing colours, and don't be afraid to try that classic red I know you have been dying to try ;)
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Emily Stark <3