A bold lip can glam up even the most boring look. The trick, however, is knowing how to wear it and with what. We stalked 5 makeup gurus to score some pointers on puckering up with pinache.
Rule #1. DO think about the mood you're trying to communicate
First, consider whether you’re going for a classic lip look, like rich red, or something more punchy, like coral or orange, advises Aussie makeup maestro
Rule #2. DON'T pair with heavy eye makeup
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re already rocking a loud pout, there’s no need to seriously play up your peepers too. According to celebrity makeup artist and founder of Skinn Cosmetics Dimitri James, heavy eyes will only distract from your look. He does, however, recommend using a black felt tip liquid liner on your upper lids and mascara to sharpen your eye shape. No dark or crazy colored eye shadow please.
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Rule #3. DO choose a matching lip pencil
Because full coverage bright lipstick does take some skill to apply, makeup artist Diana Solomon suggests using a lip pencil that’s the same shade. “Line and fill in your lips fully, then apply your lipstick.” This will extend the wear of your lip color and prevent feathering.
Rule #4. DON'T wear these colors if you're concerned about yellow teeth
While blue-based reds tend to make everyone’s smile look whiter and brighter, Dimitri says that coral and poppy red lip colors can actually make your teeth appear more yellow. So if you plan to wear these, you better stay on top of your bleaching (and brushing) game!
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Rule #5. DO store bright lipsticks in the fridge
Sure, your boyfriend or BFF might think you’re crazy, but storing your lipstick in the fridge will prolong its life and make it easier to use as well. “They go on better because they’re sharper after being cooled down,” notes Dimitri. “Thus, you’re less likely to mess up or draw outside the lines.”
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Rule #6. DO exfoliate your lips first
To allow for a better, smoother application, makeup artist and beauty expert Josephine Fusco recommends exfoliating your pout first. “Apply a thick lip balm, and using a soft baby toothbrush, gently brush your lips back and forth.” This will slough away all the dead skin, which is more apparent on bright lips. You can also try a lip scrub.
Turns out bright colors can make your lips look even larger! If you already have naturally full lips, don’t go over the lip line to create a more luscious pout, warns Make-up Designory (MUD) Educator Yvonne Hawker. “Exaggerated lips can look out of balance with the rest of your face.”
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Rule #8. DO test-drive a bold color with a gloss or stain
Not everyone feels comfortable sporting a bold, matte pout, but brightly colored glosses are a fun way to try out the trend without fully taking the plunge, says Perdis. “Another option is to create a stain by pressing color onto your lips and slowly building the intensity in doses.”
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