The How-To Edition
A bold lip for a holiday party or family gathering? It’s actually an easy make-up trend. The holiday season, of course, calls for a Christmas red. But, also try a deep juicy cranberry or a bright bow pink. Catch the tutorial below for a statement lip that will last for the entire evening.
1) It’s important to exfoliate your lips before applying any bold color, especially during the winter when lips are often chapped. There are a variety of ways to exfoliate your lips such as simply using an extra toothbrush to rub off dead skin, or purchase a lip scrub, such as this fun, sweet-and-salty popcorn scrub from Lush.
2) Next, apply a primer to your lips to fill in any crevices and give your lipstick a smooth palette to apply your color.
3) This may seem a little silly, but it’s a great idea to add a layer of foundation on your lips. Foundation will give a fresh palette for the color. Be sure to let it dry before the next step.
4) Add lip liner in a color similar to the lipstick. Outline the edge of your lip, trying to be as neat as possible; but if its not perfectly straight, we have a trick listed a little later to help. Smudge the line with your finger tip, aiming for an ombre effect so most of the color is by the edge of your lip and the liner becomes lighter closer to your mouth.
5) With bold colors its okay to fill in your entire lip with the liner. This is going to make the lip color last all night!
6) Now it’s time for the lipstick. Apply over lip liner.
7) Are your lines looking a little messy? Is the rich color starting to bleed? No worries! The trick: use a concealer stick or regular liquid concealer with a Q-tip to clean up the lines. Furthermore, blend well and use a clean Q-tip without any lipstick color.
8) Next, choose a highlight eyeshadow color such as a light gold, silver or white. Use a small eyeshadow brush to apply eyeshadow to your cupid’s bow (the center part of your top lip). This will highlight the bold color with shimmer, and your lips will appear plump.
9) Using the same highlight color on the very center of your bottom lip consequently creates a rounder effect.
10) Finally, layer a gloss (clear or color) and you are ready to go celebrate!
A key tip: Keep all other make-up very neutral. Your lips should be your pop of color. Use copper and gold for a bronze, but natural, look to compliment the sparkle of Christmas.