Looking back, there were a lot of women who simply wouldn’t use lip gloss. This used to be the case when lip gloss was sticky and messy. However, today, things are different, and more and more women use lip gloss on a daily basis. Keep on reading for a few tips and tricks that will help you master the lip gloss game.
Choose the Right Lip Gloss
The first thing that you need to do in order to choose the best lip gloss for you is to go for the right colour. This is especially important if you plan on wearing your lip gloss without any lipstick underneath. If that is the case, then you need to go for a few shades darker product than the tone of your natural lips.
Here is a simple yet helpful guide:
Ladies that are fair-skinned should choose light tones of pink and beige lip gloss;
Those that have medium skin tones will do best with rose, mauve and berry lip gloss;
And dark-skinned ladies need plum, chocolate or red lip gloss to fit their features best.
When looking through the range of choices, keep in mind that opaque lip glosses in darker colours are a bit more challenging to make them look neat. Plus, they tend to give out an over-the-top look that most try to avoid when it comes to lips.
Prepare Your Lips
After you make your choice, next, you need to make sure that the base you put your lip gloss on is clean and good. That means that you need to get rid of any dead skin cells on your lips. Before you start your make up routine, take a toothbrush, and scrub your lips gently for about 20 seconds. Instead of a toothbrush, you can also use a clean washcloth. The scrubbing procedure is the same.
For best results, you should try and make this procedure a part of your daily makeup routine. It’s best to do it in the morning right before you start applying products. After you complete the exfoliation routine, put on a thin layer of conditioner or lip balm, and let it soak in. While you are waiting, you can apply the rest of your products and leave the lip gloss for last.
Applying Lip Gloss over Lipstick
Before you apply your lipstick, ensure that the previously applied lip balm or conditioner is all soaked in the lips. Then trace your lip line with a lip pencil in a shade that matches your lipstick. Next comes the appliance of the lipstick. Start from the centre and move the lipstick outwards until you reach the corner of your lips.
Now you are ready to use your lip gloss. Apply by dabbing a bit of gloss in the middle of your lips and start blending outward. And finally, press your lips gently and you and that's it!
Applying Only Lip Gloss
When applying only lip gloss, it is still a good idea to use a lip pencil. Many others choose not to. This is totally up to you. The lip pencil will give your lips the wanted shape, and the gloss will enhance it. Regardless of the choice you make, your lips will still look shiny and fabulous. And remember – don’t rub your lips. This will push the lip gloss outwards, and you will end up with a messy look.
And lastly, if you do feel like experimenting and you want to try out different shades, no worries – you can easily create your own. Simply take your favourite eyeshadow powder and mix it with a small amount of a clear lip gloss. Mix it till it perfectly blends. Now you have a lip gloss in your favourite shade! Easy, right?