Lips That Speak VolumesSaturday, October 04, 2014
Small, dry, uneven lips - I have them all. And while I focus too much on my eyes every single time, sometimes, I just do want to give attention to my lips despite all these. And when I do, this is how put volume to it. And I will speak. =)
|Products used to volumize lips|
1. CONCEAL & MOISTURIZEThe skin around the lips is the hardest to control especially for me. When you smile, speak and eat, there's a lot of movement so coverage is needed with a good concealer that has both Also, of course, the lips can be driest area of the face so a balm would always be necessary even if a lip color is matte. Check out Carmex or Burt's Bees which are not too glossy and can work with matte lippies.
2. PREP + PRIME
As with any color application, a good base is needed. I love MAC's Prep + Prime.
3. CONTOUR (IF NECESSARY, WHERE NEEDED)For me, it is the upper lip that needs volume more than the other because of my weird "underbite" teeth structure. If you have the same case, you can do this technique that I learned from the workshop I collaborated with MAC. Draw an "X" to determine where the you would contour and/or highlight and to create a sharper "cupid's bow".
4. LINE AND DEFINEIt is best to line the lips following the natural structure, using a pigmented lip pencil like MAKE UP FOR EVER, but make it more intense in the area where needed.
|Lipstick stroke - with flash, Iris blur to focus on center|
5. APPLY COLOUR IN A DOWNWARD STROKE
Fill in lines and cracks! - I learned this technique from the fabulous Bianca Valerio in the Color Collection launch. She taught us that as with the vertical stroke for foundation applications so not to counteract with the small hairs in the face, the cracks and lines of the lips appear vertically as well so lipstick should follow that. Typically we would just swipe it horizontally and let the lower and upper lip mix, but doing the above makes lines and cracks disappear, especially with matte lippies.
6. COLOR IT!
7. BE BRAVE TO CORRECTas with any application of cosmetics. There's a concealer and pencil out there to further define your lips.
8. HIGHLIGHT, WHERE NEEDEDNormally, we would place lip gloss on every portion of the lips and so that would make it look like you have just eaten an oily dish. I learned this as well from the MAC technique by Gregory Alt and it makes sense!! The same theory is with contouring/highlighting the face. Apply the gloss only on the portion where you need to make it appear fuller (remember: gloss or light colors pop). As for me, I placed it on my upper lip, just below the lip line. MAC Lip glass is the most shimmery that I've tried but I also like Stila and Bobbi Brown high-shimmer Lip Glosses.
|Highlighted Lips with MAC Sounds Like Noise and Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss - with flash, Iris blur to focus on center|
So there, of course, regardless of the structure, always wear the right color. My favorite? Of course, ORANGE! The one below I used below is MAC So Chaud =)