There’s confidence in a perfectly lipsticked pout. I mean, what would date night, business lunching, or in my mom’s case heading to the gym be without a hint of lip color?! Words, like incomplete, naked, and unfinished come to mind. But while we’re all swiping on beauty’s power player, many might not know how to make a good lip last (I sure don’t…or, well, I do now.) We reached out to professional makeup artist, Jennifer Nguyen, for tips on prep, application and even lip contouring. Read on for how to apply your lippies like an expert and see our top four lip products with skin enhancing benefits because well, if you’re been reading along, you know that’s how we roll here at BOND EN AVANT – skin first, always.
“Exfoliate your lips before applying anything to make sure the lipstick color won’t flake off or dissolve on dry skin. You can easily make a lip scrub at home using honey, sugar and coconut oil.”
Make it last
“There are lip primers that help grab the lipstick color and make it last longer. I like Too Faced Lip Insurance.”
“In addition to the traditional lip liner, you can use concealer or powder applied around the lip edges to further help it from bleeding.”
Make the color pop
“Some people naturally have dark lip pigment, so by first applying a little bit of foundation over the lips to create a solid base you’ll make any color you apply on top more intense.”
“If you use concealer a little lighter than your skin tone on the cupids bow it enhances and defines that area by manipulating the light. You can also apply a little below the bottom lip to give it a fuller look.”
Top Lip Picks
For the girl who goes au natural (most of the time) and wants a feminine flush, clean beauty brand Vapour’s Multi-Use Palette in Afterglow feels reminiscent of high school crushes, passing notes and first kisses. This youthful, dewy trio made with nourishing plant oils creates blushing cheeks and soft pink lips so natural looking, you’ll feel like a teenager again.
Too Cool For School
Too Cool For School’s Glam Rock Vampire Kiss lipstick in one word – balmy. Infused with rose water and fruit extracts, such as mango, papaya and pineapple to soothe and plump lips, this pigmented power lipstick gives a sheer, glossy, balm-like feel. Since Rosebud Salve can only take you so far, opt for this lipstick when you want to up the color ante.
For the girl who has been wearing lipstick since she was old enough to steal moms and loves the classic, pigmented, creamy formulations, we suggest reaching for Hourglass’s Femme Rouge Velvet Creme in Raven. This clean formulation made without wax, mineral oil, gluten, synthetic fragrances and sulfates to name a few, will nourish with Vitamin E and antioxidants, while giving a rich depth of color.
If the silver pen packaging isn’t enough to have you lusting, just wait until you apply one of these lipsticks, which come in four textures – creamy (matte), milky (sheer), hot (pigmented) and glazed (glossy). Made by renowned international makeup artist, Ellis Faas, these lipsticks, whether matte or glossy, glide on like silk. And their applicators (sponge or brush) allow for dummy proof, flawless application. Let’s just say, we couldn’t feature just one for a reason…
-by Amy Chang
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