As much as we all love our lipstick, we know it can be sort of high maintenance. It can completely change the look of an outfit for better or for worse depending on whether or not we chose the right shade or if we put it on correctly. Which brings us to another point, the formula matters. A lot. So while lipstick may seem like a no-brainer, there really is more that goes into achieving a Taylor Swift worthy classic lip.
7 Lipstick Mistakes You Are Probably Making:
1. You aren’t keeping your lips hydrated.
Plump, hydrated lips will help your lipstick go on more smoothly and make it more comfortable to wear. There is nothing worse than dry, cakey lips.
2. You choose the wrong shade.
Your lips have undertones just like your skin. If you choose the wrong shade, it won’t be as flattering. If you have cool undertones, stick with cool shades. If you have warm undertones, warm undertones work for you.
3. You don’t wear what best suits the shape of your lips.
If you have thin lips, dark lipstick is going to make them appear thinner. If you don’t want lips to appear fuller than they are, choose darker nudes.
4. You don’t exfoliate your lips.
Prepare lips with a gentle sugar scrub or rub them gently with a washcloth. This will help lipstick go one smoothly and it helps the lipstick stay on longer.
5. You forget to blot.
Blotting is an important step in making sure lipstick stays put. But if you really need it to stay, hold a single ply of tissue over your lips and dust lightly with setting powder.
6. You apply it wrong.
Start from the center of your lips and move outward. This is the best way to avoid the shakiness of the ever-tricky outer lines of your lips.
7. You choose the wrong formula.
You need it to last all day, but you choose a sheer, glossy lipstick. We hate to tell you, but that’s not going to last more than 1/2 an hour. Choose a total matte lipstick without the proper preparation and your lips will end up looking like they had a run-in with a cheese grater. Think about what you need your lipstick to do and choose wisely.
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