The Art of the Lip

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I’ve been trying to get into the art of wearing lipstick.

And yes, it is an art.

In my mind, I’ve always thought that lipstick should look like the picture to the left, and I never liked that look. But, now that I know that lipstick should be worn like the picture to the right, I’m so ready to perfect this look.

So, how do you do it.

Follow the steps below for an amazingly gorgeous pout.

  • Exfoliate your lips of any dead skin using either a sugar scrub or a wet toothbrush.

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  • Moisturize your lips using a lip balm (like EOS or Burt’s Bees).  Leave it on while you finish the rest of your makeup.  Once you’re ready to apply your lipstick, use a cotton round or  soft cloth to gently wipe off the balm.  Think of it as a conditioner for your lips.  You want them to be soft, but you don’t want them to be too slick for the lip color to adhere to.

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  • Use a concealer to completely cover your lips.  This will help the lip color to adhere and will prevent it from feathering, bleeding, or staining your lips when you try to remove it.  It also helps the lipstick go on smoothly and present a cleaner look.  For me, my bottom lip is a little blotchy, so concealing is a must.  Be sure to let it dry completely before applying your lip color.

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  • Use a lipliner pencil (make sure the tip is rounded and not freshly sharpened or pointy) to line the outside of your lips.  Be sure not to outline outside of your natural lips and to highlight the dip in your cupid’s bow.  If you don’t have a pronounced dip, create one by curving lower with the eyeliner and concealing the top of your cupid’s bow with a cream concealer. Then, proceed to fill in your lips, either with your lip liner.

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  • Top your liner with a coat of lipstick.  Remember, to blot or gently purse your lips together to ensure an even coating, but do not rub your lips together, as this may cause the lipstick to smear outside of your natural lip line.

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  • Clean up any lipstick that spread outside of your natural lip line with a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover.  You can also hide any flaws and make your mouth appear brighter and more youthful by applying concealer to the area directly around your mouth.  I have noticed darkened skin under my lower lip and around my mouth, which looks a lot better when I conceal it.

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  • To accentuate your lips, use a lip stain, topper, or gloss on just the middle section of your lips.  You can blend this section only by pressing your lips together (as if you were about to smack your lips). Reapply to this area if necessary.

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That’s it.  If you’d like to view a tutorial on how to achieve this look, here’s one by the amazing MakeupAlli.

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