Everything you ever needed to know about lipstick

If there's one cosmetic product I love it's lipstick. It's the easiest way to change up your entire face, and also it's just fun. I like how it can compliment an outfit (or hair colour!). However, if there's any beauty product get the most questions about it's lipstick. Today I'll share all my wisdom about this very subject.


Lip primer isn't as commonly used as an eye primer. Lately more and more brands seem to create their own lip primers. Lots of people say primers are just made for marketing and if you use a good product, a primer isn't really necessary. I sort of agree to hat, but not always. I think you just have to ask yourself ‘is this doing anything for me?’. If I have a lipstick that ‘bleeds’ a lot, by this I mean that it settles into the fine lines of the lips, I use a primer underneath. It’s fine to just use your eye primer for this. I use the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Sometimes using a primer also helps when your lipstick is a bit slippery. However, I’d only use this trick if you have any issues with your lipstick. If you don’t have any issues with your lipstick, there’s nothing to fix and you’re just wasting perfectly good primer.

Lip Pencils

Lip pencils are as old as time. Before Kylie Jenner made everyone buy lip pencils they were just used by old people and mums. These days you don’t even see a lot of lip pencils at the drugstore isles anymore. However, for lots of lip products, applying a pencil underneath is a must. It will prevent feathering and it will improve the staying power. Also, it just looks better because you can make a more clean line.
Use a lip pencil to draw on the outlines of your lips (you can draw them on a little bigger if that's your thing) and then, colour in the entire lips. If you only draw on the outlines your lipstick won’t fade evenly and you’ll end up with lipstick on the outlines of your lips and the insides will be naked.. and that’s not a good look. Apply lipstick on top and you’re done.


Using concealer around your lips to make your lip line more clean is one of the easiest ways to take your lip product applying skills to another level. Use a small brush and concealer (you can go a shade lighter, but you don’t have to) and after you've applied your lip product, apply the concealer all around the outsides of your lips. Make sure to blend well though. If you get lip product on your brush (that happens a lot) just clean your brush and continue until you’re happy with the results.


Another way to improve the staying power of your lipstick is to apply a thin layer of powder on top of the first layer of lipstick, and then add another layer of lipstick.
For matte lipsticks you can also dust a thin layer of translucent powder on top for an extra matte look. To get an even application, use one layer of a tissue (a tissue has two or three layers - tear it apart) and dust powder over the tissue. This is actually a very old trick and it is described in Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces book, but I only learnt this a few months ago and it's really great.  

Lip tar

If there's any product lots of people have questions about it's lip tar. The OCC lip tar has been a favourite of many make up artists and enthusiasts. However, it can be tricky to apply. I have found my way to make it work and that has a lot to do with all of the above articles. I apply my lip tar like this: apply primer, use lip liner as mentioned above, apply a small dot of lip tar to the middle of the lips and let it sit for a second or two. Then use your brush to fill in the rest of the lips, start from the middle to the outer parts of the lips. Apply more lip tar if necessary but apply it to the middle of the lips. This will prevent it bleeding out.  When you're done, check your teeth (obviously) and use the concealer trick.

Hopefully this answers a lot of questions. If you still have issues with any lip products, just let me know in the comments!

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