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Basic Lip Make-up
The colour of you lips brightens and enhances your appearance. It is the final touch to facial makeup.Lip cosmetics are now available in sticks, tubes, pencils, as liquids and in pots.
A. Lip Liners:
A liplining pencil has a harder consistency than a lipstick and is used to outline the lips so as to clearly define thier shape.It is a great aid, if your lips are not perfectly shaped; you can make the lips appear thinner or fuller or you can draw an uplifted corner if your lips droop.The outlining of the lips in addition, prevents bleeding of the lip product into the tiny lines that are present around the mouth, giving the lips a sharp, defined outline.
Lipsticks are the most commonly used lip make-up.They come in a variety of colours.The colour you use should harmonise not only with the rest of the make-up but with your attire and with the rest of you as well.Remember pale skins would need soft colours while darker skins can carry off the more vibrant shades.Most lipsticks consist of a fatty base to ensure that the product stays firm and solid.At the same time, efforts are made to make the product soft enough to cover the lips smoothly and with the minimum of pressure.The colour in the lipsticks is provided by pigments or by dyes.These should not fade off too quickly but should stay on the lips while you eat, drink, smoke and kiss.It is also equally important that no unsafe chemicals are used as the product is often swallowed.You can find lipsticks in traditional tubes, pots, pencils, and even wands with innovative designs emerging daily. While color selection is a personal choice, current fashion trends also play a big part in influencing a woman's choice of lipstick.
To create that perfect pair of lips you should start by lining with a neutral colored pencil following your natural lip line. Using a lip brush fill in with lip color of your choice. Use your lip brush to blend the two so that there are no harsh edges.If you are not fortunate to have full lips, wear the lightest, frostiest lipsticks you can find. They will cause your lips to look fuller.Use of Vitamin E Lip Protectors before application of any type of lipstick moisturizes and nourishes the lips preventing dryness and cracking.These are readily available in the market.
- To create your own smudge-resistant lipstick blot your lips with one sheet of two-ply tissue. Reapply lipstick and blot again. This will absorb the oils in the product and leave the pigment and matte waxes.
- If you are over 40 you should avoid wearing matte lipsticks.You will look best with a little shine on your lips.Always use a lip liner since it prevents the lipstick from ‘bleeding’.
Why Does The Colour Of Lipstick Change On The Lips?
When your lipstick changes colour or "turns blue" on your lips, after a period of wear, it is an indication that it needs to be reapplied.This change occurs because the so-called true colour of the lipstick (the colour you see in the lipstick case or on the lips immediately after application) has worn out more quickly than those components of the lipstick which are responsible for the adherence and these chemicals generally have a slight bluish tone.Habits like biting or picking the lips intensify the problem, since they help remove the true colour even more quickly.If your lips are not dry and clean, when you are applying the lipstick, the colour loss is more rapid.You would face this problem less frequently with brown or brick shades, since these pigments tend to keep thier colour better than pink or mauve shades.
Lipsticks seem to come off rather easily nowadays as they are less heavy and less staining than they once were.This is because they contain more waxes and emollients to give them a sheer glossy finish.
C. Lip Gloss:
Lipstick, long the favorite of many women, is now getting some tough competition from its counterpart lip gloss. Lip gloss is now back with a bang.Apply lip gloss over lipstick or alone. Remember that gloss would emphasize and therefore make your lips appear to be fuller.Women with extra-full lips, should use lip gloss very sparingly.
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