How To Master Bright, Statement Lips & Make Them Stay All Day
Mar 04, 2011 - by Amanda Gabriele
Watermelon, orange, tomato and eggplant. No I'm not talking about fruit, but the hottest electric hues for your pout. Bright lips were all over the spring runways, and this beauty trend is far from fleeting. The bold statement was included in some of the best fall collections as well. Here are some tips on how to wear it, make it last and what to buy so you can sport it all year long.
1. Moisturized lips are happy lips. If you want color to cooperate, you must make sure you're lips are hydrated. What happens when you rub foundation into dry skin? It flakes and makes a mess. The same will happen with your lipstick - it will crack on dry lips and look a mess. Try a matte lip balm like Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm before you apply the hue.
2. Use a neutral lip pencil to define lips. Don't worry about matching your lip liner to lipstick. It's an unnecessary expense and can look weird when your lipstick fades first. Stick to a neutral pencil like Smashbox The Nude Lipliner. It will give you an outline to work with and ensure your lipstick will stay in place and not stray outside the lines.
3. Apply lipstick with a brush to ensure it stays. Think of putting lipstick on with the tube as just scratching the surface. Applying color with a brush will really get the shade to sink into you skin. The Sephora Collection Professionnel Lip Brush #61 is a great tool with an even better price.
4. Create the richest color possible by finishing with the tube. After applying color with a brush, go over your lips with the tube to create the boldest, richest, brightest shade possible. Some of my favorites that I've been wearing almost every single day are M.A.C. Lipstick in Rebel, Benefit Cosmetics Full-Finish Lipstick in Flirt Alert and Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #40, modeled by moi below:
I never thought I'd be wearing bright orange lipstick, but my dear friend Lauren over at Corvus Noir totally got me hooked on this hue.
What is your favorite color of the season?
Model Photos: Style.com