Lipstick is an essential part of any polished outfit. It pulls your whole look together, and makes everyone think you actually tried when, in reality, you probably just hopped out of bed and threw on the pair of jeans you left on the end of your bed last night.
Lipstick application seems easy enough: you just swipe and go… right? Unfortunately, we’ve all seen it get a little more complicated than that — lipstick on your teeth during a first date, anyone? Read on for the lipstick mistakes you’re probably making during your makeup routine, and how to avoid them.
You are applying lipstick over chapped or windburn lips
Nothing ruins a gorgeous makeup look quite like cracked lipstick. Avoiding chapped lips starts with drinking enough water (researchers say between four and six glasses a day). If hydration doesn’t solve your chapped lip problem, you can try Vaseline, Blistex or Carmex (our personal favorite) or lip balm to smooth your lips before adding lipstick.
You are not exfoliating your lips
Honey, that’s what the lip scrub tub is for [to exfoliate your lips]! In addition to keeping your lips hydrated, exfoliating before applying lipstick is essential. Exfoliating is necessary to gently banish dead skin cells, use a gentle scrub with moisture. Exfoliating removes the dead skin, leaving a smooth and moisturized surface for your lip color.
If you’re in a bind, all you need is a little tape and lip balm to mimic the effect of a scrub. Simply wrap the tape around your finger and dab (like you might do to get lint off your clothes), apply the balm and voila! Flakes are gone and you’re ready to apply lipstick.
You aren’t using a lip liner
If your first mental image of lip liner is the infamous 90’s trend of using lip liner far too many shades darker than lipstick, relax! When done correctly, lip liner is actually an crucial addition to every makeup routine. It actually gives you a super-saturated, long-wearing look, This means a longer-lasting lipstick look that won’t bleed or feather out.
For the best look, celebrity makeup artist Tony Galvez suggests adding lipstick before liner. He told Psst.ph, “The lip liner will go on smoother and more easily, and applying lipstick first enables you to see exactly where you need the lip liner.”
A word of caution: Lip liner can be your best friend girl. But do not overdo using them. You want to enhance your lips not to create a new one. Lip liners must be applied starting at the center of your mouth.
You are using the wrong shade for your skin tone
Just like your foundation comes in different undertones, so does lipstick. Finding the right shade is essential to pulling your look together without washing you out. For yellow undertones, stick to warmer colors and for pink undertones, look for shades with blue or purple tones in them.
Those with olive skin tones can wear just about any color, while fairer skin tones should “avoid anything too light or with too much of a yellow undertone.” As for darker skin tones, “avoid anything too light or pale on the lips — deeper shades look more naturally flattering.
You are using the wrong shade for our lip size
Remember actress/TV host Anne Curtis’ red smackers? Lipstick can actually shrink or enlarge your lips, depending on the shade you use. Dark, matte shades will make lips look thinner, while light, glossy, shimmery shades make lips look fuller, So, depending on the look you’re going for, you can use your lipstick to your advantage to either enhance or minimize your lips.