I realized that I am not much of a lipstick person. Whenever I encounter "situation questions" where I have to choose only one between kilay or lipstick, I always go for the former. It's just that lipstick becomes so high maintenance for me lately, it needs reapplying that I get so lazy to maintain it throughout the day. But there's no denying that a lipstick changes your whole look with just one swipe! My favorite dark violet-brown makes me feel edgier, while a red shade makes my face instantly brighter! Hay, now I actually miss wearing lippies!
Nude lips for everyday wear:
In my favorite BYS Matte Tango red lippie:
To make things more fun, I decided to research on lipstick hacks so I can maximize my growing arsenal. How to make a shade look better on me? How to maximize a tube? HOW TO MAKE LIPSTICK LAST LONGER!??? Here are some tips I found out and will try in the coming days....
In photo: Revlon Matte Balm in 220 Showy Flamboyante, Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suite, Happy Skin Lip & Cheek Mousse in Swept Off My Feet, Detail Matte Lipstick in Monika, Detail Simply Matte in Lonely, Revlon Color Stay Ultimate Suede in Iconic, Burt's Bees in Juniper Water, Benefit Hydra Smooth Lip Color in Tutti Cutie.
1) Lipstick Layering
If you want to maximize your lipstick collection, try layering them to create another look. This also goes for lipsticks that turn to be "not your shade". An unusual light purple lippie when paired with red can achieve the dry rose color popular amongst Koreans. TIP: Use a lip brush so you won't mess up with your tube!
In photo: Flormar in L18 Hot Red + Golden Rose 2000 in 123
How it looks like when combined:
2) Make It Last
I hate reapplying my lipstick! Here's a tip on how to make it last a little bit longer: Apply a thin layer then blot it off lightly with a tissue. Then apply a second thin layer, dust lips with loose powder, before reapplying a final layer of lipstick. Like with your foundation, powder will set the color on your lips allowing the product to stay there longer.
3) Dual Purpose Lippies
Cream lipstick can also be used as a blusher and as eye color! Just make sure to dust loose powder when used as eyeshadow to avoid creasing.
4) Gradient Lips
Another Korean lip trend that won't go away soon is the gradient lips look. To make this possible even without the trendy two-tone or three-tone lipstick, just apply your favorite color on the inner parts of your lips, then blend it outwards with a Q tip or your finger to keep the outer lip color lighter.
Queen Lee Sung Kyung sporting red gradient lips:
5) True To Color
Have you experienced lipstick shades that looks different when applied to your lips? This may be caused by how it blends with your lip color. To achieve a true-to-color lip look, apply BB cushion on your lips before applying your lipstick.
Clio Virgin Kiss Tinted Lip in M15 when applied with BB Cushion and without BB Cushion:
K-Stars Jun Ji-hyun, Krystal, and Suzy Bae look great in any bright lipstick!
All lipsticks used in this post are available at The SM Store Beauty Section. Don't forget to mark July 29 to August 23 on your calendars as the whole country celebrates National Lipstick Day with discounts and freebies! Participating brands include In2it, Maxfactor, Covergirl, Pop Beauty, Sleek Makeup, Flormar, Deborah, Jordana, Golden Rose, Burt's Bees, Benefit Cosmetics, Shawill, BYS, Happy Skin, Jazzy, Shiseido, Clio, Revlon, Bobbie Cosmetics, Detail, Ever Bilena, etcetera.
Mid Year Resolution: Use more lipstick!!!
Share to me your favorite brands, shades, or lipstick hacks! Tweet me @anagon, let's talk beauty. 💋