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How to Apply Lip Stick and Lip Liner

Posted on: June 5, 2012

Do Liner First
Lip Liner is optional but if you use it, it should go on first. Don’t use a liner darker than your lipstick, because if the lipstick fades and the liner doesn’t you’re left with just an outline. Use neutral or lipstick matched liner.

Starting at the center of your upper lip, draw a line to each outer corner, following the edge of your natural lip line. Fill in colour all over lips if you want extra holding power for your lipstick.
HINT: Chill lip pencil in the refrigerator for a few minutes to make sharpening easier.

Lip Stick
A dusting of powder or a bit of foundation beneath lipstick can maximize its staying power. Either can dry lips though, so use a creamy formula lipstick. Stretch you lips and starting at the center of top or bottom, glide colour to corners. Blot, reapply and blot again for longer-lasting colour.
HINT: A lip brush gives you more precision when applying lipstick.


Some of us have less perfect lips than others, but don’t despair! There are plenty of tricks of the trade to help make your lips more balanced and beautiful. Some of the most effective solutions are:

  • The best lip colour fixative? Apply a thin layer of lip balm. The formula holds lip colour extremely well as it heals and protects.
  • A light dusting of powder over lips also gives lipstick or gloss something to cling to for longer, smoother wear.
  • For longer wear, blot lips after applying lipstick to set colour and remove excess. Add a thin layer of loose or pressed powder, then apply colour again.
  • Turn down too much shine by holding a tissue to your lips and pressing a little loose powder through it – just enough will sift through the tissue to adhere to the colour and reduce the shine.
  • Turn up the shine with a thin layer of clear lip gloss over lipstick or alone.
  • For fuller, poutier lips, spotlight lip gloss right in the center of your lips.
  • Keep matte lip colour from drying your lips – use a thin layer of lip balm before you apply the matte colour.
  • For evening special effects, apply sheer lip gloss in silver, gold or an iridescent shade over the lipstick.
  • To stop lipstick from bleeding, use a lip liner, or apply foundation over the lips first.
  • If you have big lips, use muted colours such as purples, browns and bronzes.
  • If you have small lips, avoid dark colours.
  • Professionals prefer to use a brush for lipstick application. Brushes generally allow you to use much less lipstick.

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