Lipstick is one of the fundamentals in most women’s beauty arsenal, and while it’s easy to simply slick it on, it does come with a host of complicating problems. It flakes, dries, seeps and can smudge easily; it gets onto drinking glasses and teeth (the horror!), and can transfer itself onto the cheeks of people you’re kissing ‘hello.’ In short, lipstick isn’t quite as simple as it initially appears, and to help you to keep yours in place and looking fab, I’ve put together a list of 7 steps to the perfect pout.
1. A Good Maintenance Routine
Lipstick looks best on healthy, smooth lips. In order to ensure that yours are in great condition, it’s important that you frequently apply a good-quality, nourishing balm. Find something with a built in SPF, and, if you can, opt for a product with added Vitamin E as well.
A lip primer is a really useful addition to any makeup bag. Apply a coat to your clean, dry lips before you get going with the rest of your lipstick process and you’ll find your colour will go on easier, hold better and, best of all, last longer.
3. Lay the Foundations
After you’ve done your priming and before you get started with your colour, makeup experts suggest it’s a good idea to apply a concealer or foundation around the edges of your mouth. Go with a shade that’s very slightly lighter than your skin tone: this will help to define your lips and give an impression of fabulous fullness.