Orange lips, they may have been a trend on the runway last year, but that shouldn’t stop you from wearing them now. A bold lip is hot, especially as we come into the warmer months and overall orange is the perfect summer shade.
Makeup Products for Beginners
Drugstore Makeup Products for Newbies.The best basic drugstore products for beginners (and multi-tasking products)
Whether you’re in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere you’re about to jump into a new season and it’s time to make some changes. It’s important to make quite a few changes in your skincare to keep your skin in tip-top shape, but it’s also a good idea to swap a few things around in your makeup bag.
Five ways to wear Lipstick
When it comes to makeup lips are the main category I’m addicted too. My lip collection is undeniably large and I’ve always got 500 new lip products to test out.I love experimenting with different formulas, finishes and looks.
Luxurious matte formulas are my weakness and even though they can be drying on my sensitive lips, I just can’t resist them. Rich berries and deep plums complement matte formulas but fun girly pinks shouldn’t be avoided either. To achieve the matte look, dab your lips with one ply of tissue and dust a little translucent powder over your lips. Use a mattifying lipstick such as Australis Matte Me Lipstick Mattifyng Base or opt for a great matte lipstick like MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Matte Formula.
How to Apply Red Lipstick
Red lipstick, it’s the most popular beauty look of all time and there is no surprise why; It can make you look & feel like a million bucks, it can give you so much confidence that you feel like you can rule the world so why wouldn’t you want to wear it? It’s an all-round colour and can be worn no matter what season, as a gorgeous poppy spring colour or a deep winter shade; In this how-to guide you’ll learn how to apply and rock a kick-ass red lipstick.
You will need: a lip balm (I like *Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm) a lip liner that matches your lipstick (I used Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in 50 Red) a red lipstick (my favourite is Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 530 Fatal Red) a lip brush (I love Beau Make by Abbamart Synthetic Lip Brush) a concealer (I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer) a flat liner brush (I like Beau Make by Abbamart Flat Eye Defining Brush)
When it comes to food, medicine and everything else in-between we take every measure to ensure we are hygienic, but we rarely do the same when it comes to makeup… Whilst it may not be food, it still expires. Using old, expired products are anything but pretty.
A: Never share your makeup. Whether it’s your best friend who needs a quick coat of gloss before she bumps into the guy who promised he’d call or your mother, sister, aunt grandma and anyone else in-between; sharing isn’t caring when it comes to makeup. Even if you’re blood related keep your makeup to yourself, the lending of a mascara, gloss or lipstick can result in eye infections or a nasty cold sore…
B: Clean your brushes. Yes your brushes do actually need to be cleaned so if you’ve been using the same grimy powder brush that’s been sitting on your bathroom counter for the past 5 years, it’s time you get a new one and some brush cleaner, stat. Brushes should be deep cleaned once a week with either a gentle shampoo or some good quality brush cleaner (avoid baby shampoo it contains mineral oil which can often leave a film over your brushes) After each use try to spot clean your brushes with some rubbing alcohol; it removes bacteria and leaves your brushes fresh and ready to use for the next morning!
How to Make Your Lipstick Last.
Lip colors are one of the key products to creating a stellar makeup look. Whether they are an accessory to your sultry eyes or a statement on their own, no one wants their lipstick disappearing by lunch time. Using these tips you are sure to maintain a longer lasting lip color.
Before applying any makeup, preparation is key, even for a small area of the face such as your lips.
Some people prefer to exfoliate their lips prior to lip-color application, but if you have sensitive lips try to stay clear of this or do it the evening before. Exfoliating will remove flaky skin from the lips and ensure a smoother application of lip color. You can either use a specialized lip scrub or use a wash cloth soaked in warm water. Remember to always rub in small, circular motions for the best results.
Makeup Tips Blog - Best of 2012
With the new year rapidly approaching and hundreds of new products to hit the market I thought it was about time I tell you my best in beauty’s of 2012. As a beauty writer I am constantly trying out products some good and some bad but there are a few products that I always end up going back to.
Eye Makeup Remover
Winner: Bioderma Crealine H20
Runner Up: Maybelline Express Care Eye Makeup Remover.
Winner: Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer.
Runner Up: Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.
Winner: Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Foundation.
Runner Up: Bourjois 10 HR Sleep Effect foundation.
Winner: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.
Runner Up: Maybelline Fit Me concealer
Winner: Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder
Runner up: Essence Mattifying Compact Powder.
Winner: Kit Cosmetics Cream Cheek/Lip Duo.
Runner Up: Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes.
Winner: Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Runner Up: None! I am yet to find one that works as great as Hoola!
Winner: Benefit High Beam
Runner Up: Benefit watts up. (Yep two from Benefit, they make the best illuminators!)
Winner: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue
Runner Up: E.L.F Essentials Eye Lid Primer
Winner: Essence Gel Eyeliner
Runner Up: Stila Smudge Pots.
Winner: Smashbox Hyper Lash
Runner Up: Benefit They’re Real
Winner: Urban Decay Naked Palette.
Runner up: Loreal Infallible Eyeshadows.
Winner: Maybelline Define A Brow
Runner Up: Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil.
How To Make Your Lips Look Larger.
If you have small lips, thin lips, almost invisible lips or just want to give them a little more oomph then there’s no reason you can’t use a few little tips to fool people into thinking you have Angelina Jolie-esque lips, and you don’t necessarily need to use a lip plumper to achieve them…
Highlight your lips:
Highlighting your lips can cause the lips to reflect light making them look larger, more plump and healthy, there are a number of different techniques you can use to highlight your lips.
Lip gloss: A gloss can add shine and dimension to your lips and help them to appear larger but there is a certain key on how to do this. Rather than applying gloss all over your lips (which can sometimes make it look like you’re drooling!) try applying it just to the center of your top and lower lip, this will reflect light and make your lips look larger.
Highlighter: Just like how you can highlight your cheekbones and numerous other parts of your face you can also make your lips look larger by applying a subtle highlight to the cupids bow of your lip, for the most precision use a clean small precision eyeliner brush or a concealer brush to apply it. You can also highlight underneath the edges of your bottom lip to give the lips a lift and make them appear fuller
Shimmer powder: If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can also try using a little shimmery powder highlighter in the center of your top and bottom lips.
One of the best tips in the beauty industry to make your lips look a little larger and defined is to take a tiny amount of matte brown eye shadow or powder onto an angled liner brush and lightly shade just below the center of your bottom lip, this gives more dimension and makes the center of your lips more in focus.
We all know that colour on the lips is one of the best things we can do to warm up the face and make it look more lively. There are hundreds of different colours out there, some can make your lips look larger others can make them look smaller.
It’s best to use a creamy sheen formula of lipstick as this will reflect light better compared to other formulas. In order to make your lips appear larger you’ll want to stay away from any dark shades (such as plum, deep wines, etc) and instead opt for lighter tones (or brighter!) shades of lip colours like light pinks, brighter looking nudes and of course don’t ever go past fiery reds and hot fuchsias.
Focus on the lips:
In order to draw the most attention possible to the lips try to keep the eyes quite understated so forget the smokey eyes and instead just opt for a little liner, mascara and a deep brown matte shadow in the crease to add definition and dimension to the eyes without making them the stand out of your face.
These are also a great option for larger looking lips but should be saved as a last resort if possible. Lip plumpers work by containing ingredients which irritate the lips (such as the sting of a bee) and making them swell up, this can really cause the lips to become irritated and sore so use them as minimal as possible and if you have sensitive lips stay clear of them. Some lip plumpers which aren’t too irritating and work well are: Lip Fusion, Pixi By Petra Plumping Lip Gloss and Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Extreme. Be sure to get rid of your lip plumper after a year though as the plumping ingredients can turn bad and make the lipgloss very tacky.
If you’ve got one lip that’s bigger or slightly smaller than the other it can be challenging trying to figure out how to apply lip products in the most flattering way, so to make them appear more even use a slightly darker shade of lipstick on the bigger lip and a slighter lighter shade on the smaller lip, and unless you want to rock the ombre lip trend make sure they are almost the exact same shade or in a very similar color group!
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