Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lip Tips

Our friends at FACE atelier sent us these all-important lip tips. Here’s what we say: smooch!

Don’t use a lip-liner darker than your lipstick. As the lipstick fades, you’re left with an unflattering outline - the cosmetic equivalent of a panty line.

Don’t wear dark colors if you have thin lips, as it will make your lips look even thinner. Stick to lighter shades to make the lips look fuller. For even more fullness, apply a bit of gloss on top to reflect the light.

Don’t just line the lip - be sure to fill the whole lip in. Lipstick will last longer, and your lip shade will fade more evenly.

Don’t match your lipstick to your outfit. Lipstick should match your skin tone, not your scarf.

Don’t use powder to set lipstick. It dries out the lipstick and your lips, and can accentuate lip lines and cracks.

Don’t wear orange and brown shades as they make your teeth appear yellow.

Don’t wear a bold lip if you’re sporting a dramatic eye. Or visa versa. Maintain a balance between lip color and eye makeup.

How can you give your lip color staying power? What are some tips to make color last longer?

1. Create a custom lip primer by coating your lips with a light layer of foundation. Then line the lip with a lip pencil, and be sure to fill in the rest of the lip. This creates a base for the lipstick.

2. Apply lipstick with a lip brush, as it helps press in and “set” the color. Then blot with a tissue and reapply.

3. Don’t over-apply lip gloss as too much can effect the longevity of your lipstick.

4. Use a product like FACE atelier Lip Lock, a clear shellac that locks in lasting lip color.

How can you prevent lip color from bleeding and feathering?

Bleeding is due to the fine lines and wrinkles in and around your lip. Take care of your lips! A smooth, moisturized lip will cut down on the amount of feathering. Use a lip balm, or a product like FACE atelier’s Lip RX, a tinted, hydrating and repairing moisturizer for the lip.

Before applying any color, use foundation as a lip primer; then use a lip liner and try not to color the lip beyond the liner. Wear lighter shades, as bleeding and feathering is always more noticeable with darker colors.

Lastly, use a product like FACE atelier’s Lip Putty that fills in the fine lines in and around the lips, eliminating color bleeding, blurring and blotching.