Your lip color can change everything — here’s how to apply like a pro.
The fastest mood boost you can get this spring: swipe on a bright lipstick. There’s a real mind-body connection between looking colors and feeling certain emotions (happy, energized, mysterious). Plenty of “rules” exist about how to pick a shade that matches your skin tone, but sometimes the best advice is to pick a color that you feel drawn to—and just experiment. Makeup is, after all, a creative art.
There are certain tricks, though, that make any shade go on smoother and pop on your lips. A little prep work to banish flakes and dryness, for example, goes a long way. You can also play around with how deep or muted you make any shade, depending on what layer underneath. To inspire your different #moods, try these quick and easy application tips.
The Prep Work
-To rid flakes and bumps, do a lip scrub first: Seoul Lip Sangria Lip Scrub naturally sloughs dead skin with sugar, shea butter and sweet almond oil. Take a small scoop and gently rub it onto your lips with circular motions, let sit for a minute, and then rinse off. You can also use a washcloth for extra polishing.
-Next, pat on a hydrating lip balm to seal in moisture. Go for a classic like Smith’s Rosebud Lip Salve, which softens with cotton seed oil and essential oils, and it’s too sticky or tacky so you can still glide on your lip color.
To Make Any Shade Sheer
Look for colored lip glosses, which combine pigments with hydrating ingredients. The result is a shade that still lets your natural lip color peek through. You can also sheer out a stronger pigmented lipstick or matte stain by applying a clear lip balm underneath and using your fingers to lightly blend out your shade a touch.
To Make Any Shade Brighter
Layer a lip pencil underneath — you can match it to the color you’re applying on top or go for a clear or nude pencil. The point is to create a canvas or base that will help lock in your next layer of color.
To Make Any Shade Last Longer
Dust your finished lips with a tiny bit of translucent face powder. You’ll absorb any excess oils that can dissolve your color over time.
Need a little creative inspo?
Here are our top lip picks to match every mood.
-Confident and energized: A bright red like Unpa 24/7 Lip Stain in 8 AM
-Sexy and spontaneous: A hot coral like RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Red
-Playful and chill: A soft pink like Winky Lux Steal My Heart Lipstick Pill in Be Mine
–Romantic and mysterious: RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Sweet Nothing
+ Throw us some shade: Got a great lip color you love? Share it with us in the comments.