Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lip Makeup

When doing lip makeup for clients I always have a few goals.

  • I don't want to make there lipstick look flat and one dimensional
  • I want to be sure I keep the lipstick on my clients lips (not their teeth or nose)
  • I want the lips to look full
  • I want the lips to have a lot of shape (show off the cupids bow)

1- Putting dimension in the lips!
I love a bold fun lipstick! Hot pink and fire truck red! But I do NOT love having a flat and boring color on my lips! This is done with an amazing lipstick that I use on most of my clients and myself! Mary Kay Copper Star Lipstick (left) and Mary Kay Sheer Blush Lipstick (right)! Both of these lipsticks are in our Metals line. They add shine and dimension to your color as well as helping condition your lips. The Copperstar I use more often, it adds warmth to your color, while the the Sheer Blush adds cool tones. ($15)

2- Make that Lipstick Stay Put! 
This is my go-to for making ALL lipstick stay right where I want it to! I use Mary Kay Translucent Powder. If you are applying it on only the lips, use a small bristled eye makeup brush to apply. Dip the tip of the brush in the powder, then tap it on the side of the tin to remove excess powder. Then slowly cover your lips with the powder. You will probably have to re-dip and apply about 4 times. Or if you are applying this to your whole face (recommended) apply with a full sized blush brush the same way. Just close your eyes first and apply on all areas of the face.

3- Keep Lips Looking Full!
To keep your lips looking full and plump, you should use a lip plumper! My favorite is 
Maybelline Volume XL Seduction Lip Plumper in Clear! HERE is a link to get some off Amazon! You can also buy it in various colors. I personally use it in clear, in a light layer, then I wait about 3 minutes to let the plumper soak in and then I apply my lipstick. If you'd like to use it as a lip gloss I do not recommend using lipstick with it. I personally don't use lip gloss, I think you have dimension in your lipstick you don't need it, and it doesn't read well on camera. But it can be really great for helping you have full and plump lips without a collagen injection! 

4- Giving the Lips Shape! 
I want the lips to have a nice, even and full shape, and to show off the cupids bow! So I use highlighting and contouring around the mouth to do this. But I think that Gregg Brockington (Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist) demonstrates how to do this very well using a facial highlighting pen in the video below. He demonstrates three techniques, the first two for eyes and the third for the lips! Know that you can mimic this using the highlighting pen or by using a liquid foundation that is 3-4 shades lighter than what you are using now and an angled eye makeup brush.

***Thanks to Jasmine for sending in this question***


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