When I shared the picture above with another post this week, I received so many questions; I decided to do a whole post about applying and choosing lipstick.
Lip color can improve our mood and make us look vibrant and healthy. I wear it every day, even when I am not wearing any other makeup.
As I age, adding a brighter lip color works well to lift my face. Notice I said brighter, not darker. I have made the mistake of wearing a dark red, but that only made me look scary because it was too harsh and also because it makes my teeth look not so white anymore.
The steps I took to achieve this look are as follows.
1. Line your natural lip line with the same color of lip pencil as the lip color you are using. (red with red) (plum with plum) (peach with peach). Next, I fill in my whole lip with the pencil and then blot. The pencil shown here is from Lancome.
2. Apply the lipstick color and use a lip brush to evenly smooth it over your lips. Blot with a tissue. Repeat this step. The goal is to stain the lips rather than have goopy color sliding around and traveling into the lines around the mouth. The color I have shown is a discontinued one, but this one (color 160 Rouge Amour) is very similar.
3. Apply a small amount of lip butter (not gloss) to the middle of your bottom lip to give you just a hint of softness. When you blot the lipstick, you are removing the oils. When you use the lip butter, you are controlling how much is deposited back onto your lips. This balm/butter The color is Shine Lover 120 O MY ROUGE. It is also by Lancome.
4. Choosing the best color for your skin tone is easy. If you look best in silver jewelry, wear clear vibrant red lip colors that have no yellow undertones to them. If you look best in gold jewelry, a warm color of orange-red would be best for you.
I hope this little tutorial helps you to apply the correct lip color that lasts until you take it off.