Whether a newbie or an expert in makeup, there’s no woman that doesn’t have at least one lip color in her makeup kit. Undoubtedly the most popular makeup product, lipsticks bring a pop of color to your face and take your makeup look to the next level. But if applied incorrectly, lipsticks will turn from friend to foe in no time. We have all come across some of these issues, from colors that smudge or fade throughout the day, to uneven application. So here are 5 easy steps that you can try to perfect your lipstick application along with some bonus suggestions of some of the products out there that here at Glam Shades we love using.

Step 1: Exfoliating your lips

Let’s admit it. Most of us have never owned or probably used a lip scrub. But more often than not we find our lips flaking from the cold or dried up from sun exposure. Here is when a lip scrub comes into play, as it gets rid of any dead, dry skin cells and gives you a smooth even surface to work with. The perfect canvas for that gorgeous hue you’ve been wanting to try.

Here at Glam Shades, we are using Seer Secrets Rambutan, Dates & Liquorice Lip Scrub, reach in natural ingredients for a natural smile.

Step 2: Moisturising your lips

Apply a lip balm at least twice a day to keep your lips hydrated and nourished. Coat your lips after using the scrub for the moisture to sink in. If you proceed to apply lipstick, remove any excess before moving to the next step. We love the Maybelline Baby Lips Color Changing Lip Balm for its creamy non-sticky texture.

Step 3: Priming your lips

Often disregarded in the beauty routine, primers act as a base for our makeup, helping it stay put for longer while also covering spots of hyperpigmentation. This holds true both for your face and your lips. You’ll want to pick a lip primer that nourishes your lips while preventing the lip color from flaking, like the SUGAR Cosmetics Seal The Show Lip Primer.

Step 4: Line your lips

Whether you are looking to avoid feathering out or you want to define your lips, a lip liner is the addition to your lip routine that you didn’t know you needed. And to make you love it even more, lining your lips will make the lipstick application even easier, as easy as coloring within the lines!

woman lining lips

Start by lining the cupid’s bow and continue to trace the top lip. Then move to the center of the bottom lip and move outwards. You can either choose a shade darker than your lipstick or use a neutral shade. Here at Glam Shades, we enjoy using the SUGAR Cosmetics Lipping On The Edge Lip Liner in the versatile Terracotta shade.

Step 5: Apply the lipstick

woman applying lipstick

Finally the step we have all been waiting for! Reach for the lipstick of the day, whether liquid, bullet or crayon. Just like you did for the lip liner, always start your lipstick application from the center of the top lip and then move outwards. Repeat the same process on the lower lip. Et voila!

Here we have used the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick and we are sure that with its wide range of hues, you will find plenty of shades to love.

Glam Shades Team

The Glam Shades's team is a group of makeup, beauty, and fashion addicts, scouting through the web and testing thousands of products to find the best fit for every need.

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