There are still a few weeks of summer left and there’s still time to rock a daring, saturated lip colour before the leaves start to fall. As much as I love the deep, rich hues that come with the transition to cooler days, I find myself reaching for the punchiest, most vibrant hues lately to send off the summer with a bang. There are a few tips and tricks I’d like to share with you when it comes to rocking a bold lip. The basic principles are the same for any lip colour, and these steps will take you seamlessly into the next season as well!
Step 1: DON’T FORGET TO PREP
Though I personally prefer a juicy, glossy pout in the summertime, matte lipstick continues to trend. These formulas highlight texture on the lip and can be dehydrating. If you’re going to wear a vibrant lip, you’ll want it to look as smooth as possible. Nobody wants to look at a bright red, flaky, peeling lip, now do they? Not to mention a matte lipstick can be uncomfortable if you’re lips aren’t properly hydrated. When I’m prepping for a bold lip, I like to start with a scrub to get rid of any flaky texture. You can purchase a lip scrub almost anywhere now, but they’re also really easy to make yourself at home and only require a few ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need for your own DIY lip scrub –
- 1 part brown sugar
- 1 part olive or coconut oil
- a dollop of honey
Massage the mixture GENTLY onto the lips. You may find that you need more vigorous scrubbing action to remove the dry skin, but it’s always best to start slow and work your way up. I like to leave the mixture on my lips for a few minutes to let the oil & sugars work their magic. (Sugar is a natural humectant and will help to draw moisture into the lips). Then, you can simply tissue or rinse the scrub away to reveal a perfectly smooth pout. Finish off with your favourite light weight lip balm to hydrate the lips and seal in moisture.
Step 2: LINE & DEFINE
Lip liner is an absolute must when braving a bold lip. It keeps the lip looking crisp and defined and it will keep the colour from feathering or running throughout the day. Lip liner can also be used to correct asymmetry in the lips, or add volume. I recommend a close colour match when it comes to liner – but if you’re not confident in your lip lining skills, you can always opt for a universal liner in a clear shade that will act as a barrier and primer for your lipstick.
When lining the lips, I like to start at the center of the cupid’s bow and then move to the center of the bottom lip to ensure symmetry. Try to work in swift long strokes rather than short and sketchy. You want the lip line to look as smooth as possible. When lining the corners of the lip, be sure to work from the corner upwards rather that downwards towards the corner. This will give you the fullest looking pout. You may prefer to fill the lips in entirely with a liner for the longest wear. I typically feather the liner onto the rest of the lip with a lip brush to mesh the texture of the liner with the lip and avoid a harsh looking border.
Step 3: FILL IN
Using a lip brush, use cross hatching motions to marry the texture of the lip product with the texture of your lips. This will give you the least “garish” result and will help the product last longer on the lips. I prefer to achieve opacity in thin layers to avoid a sticky & uncomfortable build up of product. I then tend to blot the lips with a brush or thin tissue to remove any excess.
Step 4: ENHANCE
Now it’s time to play. I like to enhance my lips by adding a luminizer to the cupid’s bow. You can also add some luminizer to the center of your pout to create interest and volume. As I mentioned, I tend to prefer a shinier finish in the summer time. Add a touch of gloss in a clear or matching shade just to the center of the lips where it will catch the light and make your lips look fuller. I usually grab a highlighting or luminizing pen like the Yves St Laurent Touche Eclat radiance pen and perfect the lip line with it for an ultra crisp finish.
Don’t forget to tuck your lipstick into your handbag for touch ups on the go! Make the most of these last few sunny weeks by rocking an adventurous new shade!