How Best to Apply Lipstick in 5 Easy Steps

June 11, 2024
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How Best to Apply Lipstick in 5 Easy Steps

Are you tired of your lipstick looking patchy and uneven? Do you want to learn how to apply lipstick like a pro? We are here to teach you everything you need to know about applying lipstick, from choosing the right shade to achieving a flawless finish. Just follow our tips and you'll be a lipstick pro in no time!

Step 1: Pick the right shade

When it comes to choosing the right shade of lipstick, there are a few things you need to consider.

First, take a look at your skin tone. If you have fair skin, you will want to choose a shade that is light and natural. Medium skin, you can wear a wider range of shades, from nude to bright. And if you have dark skin, you can rock bold, dark shades that will make your lips pop.

Next, think about the undertones of your skin. If you have cool undertones, you will want to choose a shade with a blue or purple base. If you have warm undertones, you will want to choose a shade with a yellow or orange base. And if you have neutral undertones, you can wear any shade of lipstick.

You should also decide what finish you want. Do you want a matte finish, a satin finish, or a glossy finish? Matte lipsticks are long-lasting and give your lips a velvety look. Satin lipsticks have a bit of shine and are very comfortable to wear. Glossy lipsticks are sheer and give your lips a wet, shiny look.

So, think about the event. If you're headed to a job interview, go for a natural, low-key color. But if you're hitting up a party, have a blast and pick a daring, vibrant shade for your lips.


Step 2: Time to Exfoliate

Exfoliating your lips is an important step in getting a flawless lipstick application. It helps to remove dead skin cells and make your lips smooth and soft. When your lips are exfoliated, lipstick will go on more evenly and last longer.

There are a few different ways to exfoliate your lips. One way is to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Wet the toothbrush and gently brush your lips in a circular motion for a few minutes. Another way to exfoliate your lips is to use a sugar scrub. Apply the sugar scrub to your lips and massage it in for a few minutes. 

Fun Fact: You can make your own sugar scrub by mixing equal parts sugar and honey.

Be sure to rinse your lips thoroughly with water after exfoliating. You should always moisturize your lips after exfoliating to help keep them hydrated. It will also help to keep your lips healthy and looking their best.


Step 3: Next up Moisturize

The next step is to moisturize your lips. This is important for keeping them hydrated and preventing them from becoming chapped and cracked. Using a lip balm or oil that contains hydrating ingredients, avoiding licking your lips, drinking plenty of water, and using a humidifier in your home are great ways to get started with lip moisture.

Lip balms and oils are great for providing your lips with moisture and protection. Look for products that contain ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax, which are all known for their moisturizing properties. Avoid lip balms that contain alcohol, as this can dry out your lips.

Licking your lips may seem like a good way to keep them moist, but it has the opposite effect. Instead of licking your lips, try drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated.

The perfect products to keep your lips hydrated: 

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 

Get ready for some mega-soft lips with our rad lip balm. Just swipe it on to give your pout some major love and moisture. This balm is perfect for beating the winter chaps and keeping your lips happy all year long. It's been a Kiehl's fave since way back in the 60s!


La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lip Hydration Restore Lip Balm

This lip balm is perfect for dry or super-dry lips. It gives you immediate and lasting moisture, so your lips feel nice and cozy. It's also great for soothing and softening chapped lips, without feeling greasy.

Kiehl's Buttermask for Lips

A lip mask is packed with Fair Trade Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter to moisturize and soften your lips overnight. It's like a cozy blanket for your lips, keeping them nourished and hydrated while you snooze.

NYX Fat Oil Lip Drip

Say goodbye to sticky lips and hello to luscious shine with Fat Oil Lip Drip! This revolutionary lip drip is the belle of the ball, boasting vegan squalane and a dazzling glossy finish. Not only will it quench your lips' thirst for up to 12 hours, but it also acts as a bodyguard against dryness. Move over basic lip gloss; there's a new queen in town!

Step 4: Line your lips

We have picked a shade, exfoliated and hydrated - Lining your lips is the next essential step in creating a polished and professional makeup look. It helps to define the shape of your lips, prevent lipstick from bleeding, and make your lipstick last longer.

To line your lips, you will need a lip liner that is a shade or two darker than your lipstick. You can also use a clear lip liner if you want a more natural look. Start by lining the outer edges of your lips, starting at the center of your upper lip and working your way out. Then, line the inner edges of your lips, starting at the corners of your mouth and working your way in. Be sure to connect the lines at the corners of your lips.

When you're lining your lips, make sure to use a light touch. If you press too hard, it might look weird. So just be gentle and let the lip liner slide smoothly on your lips. Easy peasy! If you make a mistake, don't worry. Simply use a cotton swab to remove the lip liner and start over. With a little practice, you will be able to line your lips like a pro in no time.

Here are some additional tips for lining your lips:

  • Choose a lip liner that is the same color as your lipstick or slightly darker.

  • Sharpen your lip liner before each use.

  • Start by lining the center of your upper lip and work your way out.

  • Connect the lines at the corners of your lips.

  • Use a light hand when lining your lips.


Our top liner picks below!

NYX Professional Makeup - Line Loud Vegan Longwear Lip Liner

See ya later, boring, plain liners! NYX Professional Makeup's new lip shapers are super comfy. Infused with jojoba oil and vitamin e, the formula leaves lips soft and smooth without drying. This waterproof, creamy formula applies easily and blends seamlessly for precise and comfortable wear.

Lancôme Le Lip Liner Pencil

Experience the luxurious feel of this velvety smooth, smudge-proof lip pencil, designed to effortlessly glide onto your lips and prevent any unwanted feathering or bleeding of your lipstick.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Lip Liner

This lip liner is the bomb! It's always there for you, day and night, and it never dries out. It's got good stuff like vitamin E, jojoba oil, and cottonseed oil to keep your lips happy every time you use it. Plus, the packaging is super helpful - you'll never have trouble finding your perfect shade.


Step 5: Apply lipstick

Discover the art of perfecting your pout with the final touch of lipstick application. There are countless color options available when it comes to choosing a lipstick. Find one that complements your skin tone and enhances your distinctive characteristics with ease. It may be helpful to purchase a lip brush, which gives you the ability to apply with accuracy.

Start by smoothly swiping the lipstick along the middle of your top lip, gradually extending outwards towards the edges. Perfectly blend this motion onto your lower lip to create a smooth and seamless result.For an even more stunning appearance, you can apply a second layer of lipstick to intensify the color. Take your lip game to the next level by experimenting with lip gloss, adding a hint of shine and dimension to your lips.

You can't go wrong with the lipsticks below! 

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick 

Offering a range of 52 shades of pigmented satin lipstick, ensuring a perfect match for all. The formula is enriched with argan oil and has a non-bleeding, non-smearing, non-smudging, and non-feathering effect.

NYX Professional Makeup Fat Oil Slick Click 

Experience the ease of slick lips with just one click! Our highly pigmented balm is conveniently packaged with a click-up mechanism that dispenses the perfect amount of formula. Simply click to apply and enjoy the lightweight, buildable formula that provides 12 hours of hydration for comfortable wear all day. 

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Intimatte Soft Matte Lipstick 

A soft matte lipstick with a buildable, lightweight and comfortable formula that glides effortlessly onto lips. Enriched with caring ingredients, including grand rose extracts and ceramides for hydration and lasting comfort 

Just keep practicing and follow these tips and you'llbecome a pro - It'll make your makeup routine even better and you'll feel super confident whenever you smile.


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