And as more cosmetic companies are offering better options for the future-obsessed geek, Sugar Gamers is here to help you rock that shade!
But first, let’s start with the basic ground rules of war paint.
Now that the canvas is clear, careful lipstick application technique is important. If the stuff you’re using feels a bit oily that probably means you’re using a lower quality product and you’ll definitely need to use a lip liner in a similar color to help stiffen it up. For the best results, try using a lip brush to apply your lipstick paint. It’s way easier and makes for a better result, even after only a little practice.
When you’re applying your lipstick, start at the center of lips and blend color out toward the corners of your mouth. You want the lip color concentrated in the center of your lips, not the corners. (Of course, if you are doing an ombre affect you might have to break this rule… but we’re not there yet! One thing at a time!)
To make your lipstick last longer, put a bit of foundation on your lips before applying your color to minimize feathering.
Of course we all know the trick that after you apply the lipstick you should blot it with a tissue. That’s classic 60s era technique. But with fifty more years of make-up experience we’ve learned you should and then apply it again right after that blotting. The first coat of lipstick creates a base, the second adds coverage.
After applying your color, don’t forget to do “the lipstick trick.” What’s that, you ask? The lipstick trick is when you pucker your lips, stick your index finger in your mouth, and then pull it out, bringing along with it the bit of lipstick that would have ended up on your teeth.
This ain’t exactly Starbucks friendly, so you might want to do that trick away from prying eyes. Then again, maybe you don’t want to pay for your latte…
The things we do for beauty!
Now that you have the basics down to a science, let’s talk about what we’re really here for: color.
Depending on your interests and your budget, you’ll want to experiment with different lines of lip colors to determine which ones are best for you. Lines like Profixx Pigment, NYX, Manic Panic, Kat Von D, and Medusa offer a glittering range of colorful lipsticks.
Experimenting with different, interesting colors will help you learn what you love and what you hate. And trust me, you will come across some colors you hate. Let’s say you purchase a dark purple lipstick online, but when it arrives the hue is not what you expected. You could cuss yourself out for wasting $12 just like you could give the lipstick away to whatever friend will take it off your hands. Or you can play around with it to see if you can make it work. One of the simplest ways to transform a misbehaving color is to apply a gloss over it.
On the flip side, say you bring home a sky blue lipstick but when you try it on it looks ridiculously bright and turns your mouth into a neon Antarctica. Not to worry. Get yourself a dark blue lip liner and apply it to the corners and outer edges of your lipstick-free mouth, just enough to coat them with color. With the dark blue in place, apply your light blue lip color as normal, then press your lips together to help it blend. You have just accomplished an ombre! That super cool gradient affect can turn a lipstick that was initially too light into one of your favorite shades in your make up arsenal.
When choosing any lipstick shade, the goal is to find the right balance of warm and cool tones for your complexion. And with so many new shades on the market — orange, teal, magenta, gray, — the perfect, crazy shades for your skin tone definitely exist.
Now it’s up to you to go find them and manufacture any excuse to wear them. Good luck!
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