Reading makeup breakdowns can be overwhelming. Here’s a lil somethin’ to help you navigate your way through lip products and what they do for you.
LIP BALMS/LIP CARE PRODUCTS
The world is full of different options to cure chapped and flaking lips and protect lips for daily wear.
Chapstick brand chapstick is a preferred brand by makeup artists to wear under lipsticks, as it doesn’t make products slide and keeps the lips hydrated.
(I also often use pure shea butter as a lip primer before applying lipstick. Lip primers help keep your lip products in place for longer.)
Makeup enthusiasts debate about the necessity of lip liner. You’ll find older folks love lip liner simply because it was a common thing some years ago. While it’s not necessary for most lip colors, you will want to use a lip liner under darker lipstick colors. Why? Lip liners help you create clean, neat lines on the edges of your lips within which you apply your lipstick. They allow for more precision than you would get with lipstick alone. So make sure you have a dark plum or reddish-brown lip liner on hand for your darker shades.
You can also pair lip liner with lipgloss in the same way.
Another way to wear lip liner is alone, without anything else on top. Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra likes to wear MAC Spice Lip Liner on her casual days. Spice is a flattering cinnamon-pink lip liner you can wear to even out darkness or irregular pigmentation on your lips. I would recommend MAC Spice Lip Liner for any of you to try!
These you should be familiar with. Rolling around the back of your makeup drawer might be a few tubes of Estee Lauder or Clinique GWP (Gift With Purchase) lipsticks your mom received while buying her moisturizer at the counter.
Lipsticks come in all sorts of colors and finishes (matte, satin, lustre, frost). You should have some mattes (a flattering, warm pink and a bold red), a generous amount of satin and lustre (“my lips but better” (MLBB) shades, berries, reds), and little to no frost lipsticks (so nineties!).
Not enough girls in college wear lipstick. Lipstick adds that tiny finishing touch to your look that turns you from “YAWN” to “YOWZA!” Don’t be that girl who wears tons of foundation and yet neglects her lips! Don’t be her!
TREND ALERT: Nude lips have run their course. Instead, pair your smoky eyes with a flattering MLBB pink shade.
This is where things start to get confusing. Lipglosses also come in different shapes and forms, varying in pigmentation, saturation, and opacity. They can be worn on bare lips or over a lipstick.
You should own a plumping lip gloss that is clear, a few dazzling shades (think rich berry, bold coral, sexy pink, or fire engine red- whatever flatters your skintone!), and a few neutral shades (MLBB pinks, peaches, and brown-pinks). Try and vary the pigmentation of the glosses you buy- some will have just a touch of color to them, while others will provide as much color as a lipstick.
Lipstains have become popular within the last couple of years as more and more makeup companies expand their lip product lines to include wearable, natural stains.
The hardest thing about lipstains is finding one that is hydrating enough. You’ll find that they are more forgiving in color than lipsticks or lipglosses, mostly because they are best rubbed lightly into the lips for just a hint of color. Don’t try and wear lipstains as heavily as you might wear a lipstick- you will be wasting product and not seeing the real results it was intended to produce.
Lipstains are also sold as cheekstain/lipstain combos.
There’s Lip Land for you! Hope this was helpful, and let us know if you have any questions!