Summer is just around the corner, and as it approaches, expect to attend countless events that will keep you up all night long. From bachelorette parties to weddings, and not forgetting your weekly pubbing/clubbing stops, having the perfect makeup is a must to keep you looking beautiful in all those pictures you will be sure to take!
Bold and striking lips are in for Summer 2013; hot pinks, perfect plums, and ravishing reds will add instant glamour to your look! Read on to discover my 3 quick & easy steps to getting THE perfect colored lips this Summer!
Primer is Your New Best Friend!
In case you’re unfamiliar with it, lip primer is the optimal product to achieving AND maintaining lip color. Its job is to prep the lips for color, moisturize, and define them. To apply, start at the lip line and gradually move inside, blending the product to cover the entire lip area. My favorite primer is Victoria’s Secret’s VS Pro Pout FX Lip Primer & Definer, which not only does the trick, but also smells amazing!Primer will allow the color to last much longer and will keep your lips feeling soft and smooth all day long.
Define, Define, Define
Some of us forget to outline our lips with liner or choose not to do so because doing it takes time. The thing is contouring your lips will actually make them look bigger and bolder, so make sure to never skip this step! The trick is to always pick a lip liner a shade or two darker than your natural lip color; one of my favorites is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Tawny. This liner easily glides on top of the primer and helps extend the lifespan of the lipstick, while prohibiting bleeding and feathering at the lip line.
The last step is to color in your lips with your favorite shade; spread lipstick with a lip brush starting at the outer lines and then carefully blending in to cover all areas. You can also apply color by directly using the lipstick which will give you a stronger and bolder look. My favorite shade this Summer is Estée Lauder’s Rubellite from the brand’s Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick. It’s a rich blend of fiery red and strong plum that is infused with cremey satin and a touch of shimmer that literally lasts all day.
Whatever shade you choose to go with this Summer, always remember to keep your lips moisturized and hydrated by using a medicated lip balm and drinking a lot of water.
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