A perfect pout draws attention to your smile wherever you go. One way you can achieve perfection when applying your lip makeup is by using lip liner before your color to enhance your lips and control any feathering. Lip liner should be a part of every girl’s beauty arsenal. Here are the need-to-knows and how-tos.
Pucker Up and Prep
Before you can use lip liner, you need to engage in the proper lip care. The key to achieving that perfect pout is to start with a flawless, plump canvas by being sure that your lips are in their best shape possible prior to beginning your makeup application.
First, hydrate from the inside out. When winter temperatures are cool or cold, indoor temperatures are often high. This tends to have a drying effect on your skin.
Drinking lots of water and herbal tea helps your skin stay hydrated. So does eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as berries, cucumber and watermelon.
Then, tackle your lips from the outside in. Twice a day, take a damp washcloth and gently slough off any dry skin. Exfoliating helps smooth your lips so your lip makeup goes on flawlessly.
After patting your lips dry, you need to use a product that moisturizes this delicate skin. An excellent choice is Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner, which uses honey and Vitamin E to condition and soothe your skin. And, it comes packaged in a tube that is the perfect size to slip in your purse or jacket pocket, so you can apply as often as needed.
Line With Precision
If you are used to just swiping on lipstick, you may wonder why you need to add the extra step of lip liner. However, there is good reason why you should, since lip liner has numerous advantages. It can:
- Extend the wearing time of lip color
- Keep lipstick from bleeding
- Even out asymmetrical lips
- Make thinner lips look larger
This is the most important step in your lip makeup application process. You may need to spend some time practicing to be sure that you apply it with a steady hand, but pretty soon it becomes second nature.
When choosing what color lip liner, many makeup brands have colors that match their lipsticks or lip glosses. You can also choose a neutral lip liner that can coordinate with many colors that you own. One such product is Bobbi Brown Lip Liner Pencil in Nude. This smooth, sumptuous pencil goes on easily and flawlessly blends in with most lipsticks.
Create Your Contour
There are tricks that you can use to get the look you want when applying lip liner. If your lips are too thin, draw the line just outside of your natural lip line. This gives you the appearance of a larger lip.
On the other hand, if your lips are uneven – such as the top being much smaller than the bottom – draw your bottom line just inside your natural lip line, and draw the top above to give extra dimension there.
If you want your lip color to last, there is a trick you can use to make it happen. After you draw your outline, use your lip pencil to shade in your lips so you have a base on which to put on your lipstick. Then, you can either apply lipstick with a gloss on top of it, or you can go right from the lip liner straight to a gloss.
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Nude is the perfect choice to go atop many lipstick colors. Natural oils including aloe and jojoba condition your lips while you are wearing this luxurious favorite.
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