This is the first and foremost step and I can’t stress upon this enough – prepping is key! You don’t want to be walking around with dry, chapped lips. Exfoliate with a soft, damp toothbrush and hydrated by applying a nourishing lip balm to make those lips soft, supple and healthy-looking. You may apply a lip primer after to make the color stay on longer and to prevent it from bleeding.
Step 2: Apply A Base
If you are worried about any kind of discoloration or an uneven liptone, it’s crucial for your lipstick to have a base to hang onto. This is to make sure your lipstick does not sink into your lips. Choose a concealer shade that matches your lip color and dab a little on with a flat brush or a small fluffy brush. Apply some compact over this to seal the base. It also helps your lip color to stay on longer.
Step 3: Use A Lip Liner
To define your natural lip line and to prevent your lipstick from getting messy, use a good lip liner to define, reshape and perfect the contours of the lips. This way you will achieve a more defined, precise and polished look.Trace over your natural lip line from one corner to another with a liner that compliments your skin tone to prevent feathering (this sometimes depends on matching it with the lipstick you decide to wear). To make the cupid’s bow more prominent, create an ‘X’ shape on your upper lip, just below the cupid’s bow.Don’t worry if the lines on the inside are slightly imperfect because the lipstick will cover them anyway – but it’s the outer lines that matter.Use a liner that has a moderately smooth texture for easier application. I really like the Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Liners that come in various beautiful shades .
Step 4: Apply the Lipstick
Once you finish all the above steps and choose your lipstick, take some product onto a lip brush and apply it evenly all over your lips. Don’t miss out the inner corners. Ensure you apply it within the corners of your lined lips. Go coat by coat and intensify the color as you please. Usually, one good coat of a quality lipstick will suffice.If you have dry lips, you may not want to use matte lipsticks since they tend to dry your lips even more. Look for moisturizing lipsticks that also condition your lips.If your lips are on the thinner side, avoid using very dark colors as they tend to make your lips look smaller.
Step 5: Add Definition
Use a small concealer blush and work on your edges to correct the shape of your lips. This is optional but if you want to give your lips that pouty look, you can add a subtle hint of lip gloss.Now that you’ve got a basic idea of prepping your lips and applying lipstick perfectly, let’s cover a few other essential ideas that you can make use of.