Lipsticks have three basic components:
- 1. Pigment: Determines the color.
- 2. Emollients: Carry the pigment to the lips.
- 3. Waxes: Give the lipstick its shape. Choose the best formula!
- – Keep container lids and caps tightly closed.
- – Keep all applicators clean.
- – Store eye makeup at room temperature.
- – Don’t let cosmetics sit on top of the radiator.
- – Use disposable products whenever possible.
- – Replace products often.
- – If a product produces an odor, toss it immediately.
- – Never rest an applicator on a public sink or vanity.
- – Never share your makeup.
Lipsticks also have three finishes:
- 1. Matte: The most lasting formulation. Not shiny. Flat coverage. (Caution: Pick one that’s not too drying.)
- 2. Creamy: Looks best when first applied. Gives the most even coverage. Available in the widest array of colors.
- 3. Stain: Usually contains moisturizing ingredients.
Gives only a hint of color. Wears off most naturally and discreetly. Most likely to have added sunscreen.
- – For a softer lip color, blend moisturizer into the lipstick.
- – To change the color of any lipstick, lightly apply yellow eye shadow on the lips as a primer. This will warm up any color.
- – Blend lip liner and lipstick together on the back of the hand for a longer-lasting look.
- – If your lipstick tends to “bleed,” apply lipstick first, then line over it to set.
- – Create your own lip colors by mixing different colors and textures of lipstick.
- – Right from the Experts!
To achieve a pouty, sexy mouth, emphasize your top lip by dabbing just a touch of gloss in the center.
- – To keep lipstick on while dining, keep lips off utensils.
Use your lower teeth and tongue to do the work.
- – If you feel that your lips are unbalanced, use a lighter colored lipstick on the smaller lip.
- – A little bit of red or orange in the center of the lips makes them look fuller.
Source: The World’s Best-Kept Beauty Secrets – Diane Irons