I bet you didn't know you were applying your lipstick wrong!
Well, okay, maybe there's no wrong way to apply lipstick but I didn't realize that there was a technique until I was recently helping my lipstick-novice friend try a dashing new shade of scarlet and she asked "How do I apply it?"
Woah. Lightbulb moment. Bright lips take some serious planning to make application look perfect. After years of experimenting with every lipstick shade under the sun, I took this fact for granted and completely glossed over the fact that there indeed are steps that make the process way easier!
Therefore, my Lipstick 101 tutorial was born. (If you haven't seen the rest of my 101 Basics series, you can check them out on youtube or on the blog here.) Some of you might be like me and usually apply it straight from the tube but then need to amp it up on date night so I shared two different ways to have the perfect (and easy) lipstick application. Check out the video & swatches below!
lip balm | Shiseido Water In Lip - France Pear
hot pink lipstick | MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick
lip pencil | Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Streak
orange lipstick | Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop lipstick in Crush
translucent powder | BareMinerals Mineral Veil
Here you can see my bare lips. The bottom one is slightly uneven and is lower on the right side.
This is with the MAC VIVA GLAM Miley Cyrus lipstick (review & swatches), applied straight from the tube. I've drawn the lower lip line in so my lips look more balanced.
Here I used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop Kiss lipstick in Crush which is a favorite hot orange of mine. I prepped by outlining and then filling in my lips with Urban Decay lip pencil in Streak. I then used my tissue + powder trick to make it extra long-lasting.
You can theoretically also use a clear lip pencil like Urban Decay's 24/7 in Zero which will work on any lip color to keep it from feathering, but using a similar color will give an extra layer of color when the lipstick itself starts to fade.
By the way, pretty weird seeing my lips this close up. I never realized how many baby hairs and lip lines I had until this project! But hey, if you guys seeing the reality of my actual lips is helpful then my job is done. ;)
Readers, do you usually apply lipstick from the tube or with a pencil and lip brush? What's your favorite bright lipstick? Let me know in the comments!