A good lipstick is a no-brainer for your makeup bag. It’s a must-have product, but achieving the perfect lipstick application time after time is an art. Whether your lipstick is prone to bleeding, smudging, or doesn’t tend to last long, we’ve rounded up our best lipstick hacks to ensure you get the perfect look every time. From prepping your lips, to using other makeup products to get your desired effect, check out these genius lipstick hacks every girl should know.
10 Genius Lipstick Hacks Every Girl Should Know
1. Prep Your Lips Properly
Before applying lipstick, make sure your lips are smooth and free of any dead skin. Gently exfoliate them using a lip scrub or a soft toothbrush to get rid of dry and flaky skin. You can also make a homemade lip scrub with sugar and honey or oil. Exfoliating your lips is essential for smooth lipstick application and will create the perfect canvas. You can use a lip scrub every other day, applying it with your fingers.
2. Keep Them Hydrated
Moisturized lips hold lipstick better and prevent colour from settling into fine lines. Apply a lip balm or moisturizer before applying lipstick to ensure your lips stay hydrated. Without a good moisture layer, your lipstick can become dry, flakey, and cracked.
3. Concealer Hacks
Concealer is your best friend when it comes to lipstick application. Use a dab of concealer on your lips to create an even base for the lipstick and help it last longer. This primes your lips for seamless lipstick application. And if you accidentally mess up while applying lipstick or want to clean up the edges, dip a thin brush into concealer and use it to tidy up the lip lines.
4. Create a Diffused Lip with Tissue
There’s something so effortless about the diffused, lip tint look. If you’re a fan, you can use a tissue to get the look. Apply your favourite lipstick with a light hand and blot your lips with tissue until you reach your desired level of diffusion. Seal the look with a matte lip balm so it stays put throughout the day!
5. How to Fake Big Lips/ Kylie Jenner Lips | Desi Perkins
If you want to know how to create big, fuller lips, watch this tutorial. She teaches you the best way to over line your lips so you get a big pout. She also lets you in on her best tips for over lining your lips, such as focusing the over lining on the centre of your lip and using a matte lipstick. Grab your favourite lip liner, lipstick, and a concealer brush to use with your foundation to tidy up any mistakes.
6. Use a Lip or Eye Brush to Get Your Desired Look
A makeup brush (lip or eye brush) just may be the game-changing lip tool you need. Using a lip brush gives you more control and precision while applying lipstick. It also helps in distributing the colour evenly and allows you to build up the intensity. If you’re trying to get an intentional smudged, fluffy lip, opt for a fluffy, dense buffing brush. Apply your lipstick as usual and use the brush to create light strokes at the edges of your mouth until you get a soft effect.
7. Translucent Powder
Translucent powder can help set your lipstick, as well make a satin finish matte. To set your lipstick, apply a coat of lipstick, then take a tissue and hold it against your lips. Grab a fluffy brush and dust a translucent powder over the tissue. Just enough of the particles will make it through the tissue to set your lipstick. Apply another coat, and repeat. To mattify, after applying your final layer of lipstick, dust some translucent powder over your lips with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Use a generous amount. This sets the lipstick and creates a matte finish.
8. Create Fuller Lips
Want to know the best technique for a plump lip effect? Apply one shade of lipstick on your entire mouth. Then pick out a lighter shade (in the same colour family) and apply it to the centre of your lips. Using your fingers, gently spread the lipstick from the centre outwards, creating a diffused look. This will catch the light and create the illusion of a fuller lip. Remember that darker shades can make the lips look smaller, so go for lighter shades like pale pinks and nudes.
9. Revive Old or Broken Lipstick
If your lipstick has broken, you can revive it by gently heating the broken end with a lighter and reattaching it to the base. To revive dried-out lipstick, add a drop of lip balm or oil, and mix it well. You can also try blow drying the end of the lipstick to warm it up so that the dried liquid melts and you get more intense colour. Make sure it’s on the hot air setting and keep the end of the lipstick bullet as close to the dryer as possible. Hold it there for three to five minutes.
10. Go for Nudes
Nude lipstick is in, and if you’re going to opt for a nude lip, make sure to know what shade will work best for you. When choosing your nude shade, go for one that’s darker than your skin tone. If you’re fair-skinned, opt for a nude with a pink tint. A nude with orange undertones is gorgeous for medium skin, and for darker skin, look for chocolate browns, rosy browns or caramel browns.
The next time you reach for your lipstick, use these lipstick hacks to take your look to the next level!
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