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28 June 2006

The Secret To Luscious Lips

Lip Makeup

Lipstick provides the final touch to your makeup, without it, no looks is complete. For a perfect result, you will need a steady hand, some practice, the correct implementations and a knowledge of the correcting techniques.

What You Would Need?

A narrow flat ended brush, a selection of finely sharpened lip pencils, lip gloss and lipstick (either the conventional tube lipstick or the cream type with a sponge-tip applicator).

If your lip color is uneven, then you will need a special lip base or balancer... use a lighter tone on the dark areas and a dark tone on the light areas.

These balancers also form a base for lipstick and help to keep the color of the lipstick pure and clear.

  • Lip Makeup Application Technique
  • Outlining With Lip Liner:

    Before outlining the lips check that your lips are smooth and grease free. Use a sharp lip liner pencil in a shade close to that of your lipstick color and with a steady hand, lightly outline the lips. For the upper lip, start at the centre and work out, towards the corner of the mouth.

    For the lower lip, work from side to side.

    Priming The Lips With A Lip Balancer:

    Fill in the lips with a special base or balancer to even out the skin tones. If your lips are of an even color, use a face powder as a base.

    Filling Up With Lipstick:

    Using a lip brush, fill in the color. For the upper lip start at the centre and work outwards. On the lower lip work from side to side. Don't pile up too much color.

    It is much easier to add more later than to remove any excess.

    Blotting Off:

    Fold a clean tissue and place it between your lips. Press the lips lightly together to remove the excess color and to help seal the remainder, so that it stays on the lips rather than moving onto every glass you use.

    Final Lip Gloss Application:

    Finally finish with a lip gloss to get a gleaming look.

    However, women with extra-full lips should use lip gloss
    very sparingly.

  • Shaping Up Your Lips
  • Through knowledge of what you can do to correct lip shape you can truly achieve a perfect finish to your face.

    Study the shape of your lips, identify the defects, if any, and decide on what you want to achieve and then proceed.

    Small Mouth With Small Lips

    These are easily corrected by taking the lip liner pencil outside the natural lip line. Work slowly and steadily to form a perfect shape. Fill in with primer and finally with the lipstick. A highlight of frosting on the upper lip would also create an impression of fullness.

    Large Mouth With Full Lips

    Apply liquid foundation makeup to the entire mouth, then outline with a dark shade of lipstick just inside the natural contours of the mouth.

    Then apply lipstick of a lighter shade carefully and accurately within this outline. Subdued shades work well for this kind of mouth. Use medium toned lip colors and avoid dark browns, plums, electric bright or pale shimmer shades.

    Full Upper Lip

    Apply fluid foundation makeup to the upper lip. Outline just inside its natural contour and apply a dark shade of lipstick. Then outline the lower lip just outside its natural contour and emphasize by filling in with a lighter shade of lipstick.

    Full Lower Lip

    Outline upper lip just outside its natural contour. Apply a light shade of lipstick and in the centre add a touch of lip gloss. Apply fluid foundation makeup to the lower lip. Outline just inside its natural contour. Then fill in with a darker shade of lipstick, using a lip brush.

    Wide Mouth

    Cover the corners of the mouth with foundation makeup or a cover stick. Apply lipstick with a lip brush, stopping a few millimeters before the corners of the mouth are reached.

    So there you have it everything you need to know to create the perfect "Lip Look", which will have you beaming inside and out.

    Of course, if you REALLY want to create that irresistible killer lips, see more specific tips, and get access to top secret makeup techniques, they're all included in Allison Saunders' new Video, Hollywood Makeup Secrets.

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