When applying makeup, choose your lips or your eyes to be your focal point. If you apply loud colors to both, you may end up looking like a clown. Instead, allow just one feature to take the spotlight.
If you do decide to make your lips the star of your makeup routine, be sure to select a color that complements your outfit. Red is a classic, but deep plum and orange are all the rage right now. The tricky part is finding a good lipstick or lip-gloss. For a color that will withstand drinking and eating, go for a two-step lip duo in which the color is in one tube and a clear gloss is in the other. You first apply the color, allow it to dry and then apply the clear gloss. Throughout the night, you can reapply the clear gloss to keep your look fresh. Not only will this type of application keep your color in place all night, but also because you’re only reapplying a clear gloss, you don’t need a mirror to do so.
If you decide to use a lip pencil, make sure you take the time to slowly trace the outline of your lips. If you’re not coloring in your lips with the pencil, try to apply the pencil very thinly. Then pick a lip-gloss or lipstick that is very close to the color of your lip pencil. If the colors contrast too much, you’ll definitely end up looking like a clown.
The fun thing about lips is you can layer different lip-glosses and lipsticks to create completely different shades. Play around with what you already have, and you may be surprised with what you come up with. If you don’t have some already, find a lip-gloss in a frost or sheer pink to put over top of colors that you don’t want to change. Finishing with a gloss will make your lips appear shiny, moist and most importantly, kissable.
If you’re on the go and don’t have time to apply lipstick or lip-gloss, always keep chap stick in your book bag. That way, you can keep yourself from getting chapped lips, which will make it much more difficult to apply lipstick or lip-gloss later. If your lips get really chapped, lipstick or lip-gloss may even make them burn.