Have you ever seen a beautiful makeup job on lips? Most of us use a simple gloss or crème for our day look, but on occasion we need to rock the house with our sexiness. Using these tips, you can do your lips like a makeup artist would!
1. Start with a small brushing of foundation or concealer at the lip line inwards.
2. Dry with a light dusting of translucent powder.
3. Using a lip liner pencil, line your lips with short, feathery strokes at the lip line or just outside the lip line (to create fuller lips).
4. Blend slightly with your finger or lip brush to blur the line (just a LITTLE).
5. Next apply your lipstick SPARINGLY with a lip brush at the insides of your lips up to the lip liner line. Blot, if necessary.
6. Dust slightly again with translucent powder.
7. Add a small amount of shimmery color that is lighter than your lipstick. Apply in a racing stripe straight down from under the V at the top of your lips to the pout area on the bottom.
8. Soften slightly with your finger to blend.
9. Lightly dust again.
10. Add clear lip gloss SPARINGLY to the whole look. Tada!
The key to this look is precision and remember that all of these steps, while important, should not be overdone. Practice makes perfect!
“Do you work on African American skin and hair at all? My daughter is multi-racial and she is having a terrible time trying to find the right makeup for her skin. She ends up creating a way too white face (she would prefer it much darker) and has oily skin so by the end of the day she looks like she is wearing a mask. We need help with her skin and products as well as application. She is only 12 so I don’t want her to look like she is wearing a ton of makeup but that is the result she gets because she wants to cover up every blemish”.
Your daughter can use an all-over primer for shine control and switch to concealer jars for blemishes and discolorations instead of coating her face with cover up. She can apply the concealer with a flat, rounded foundation brush and feather outwards. It should last all day in normal temperatures as long as she primes first. Have her chose a concealer that is one shade darker and warmer than her face. As long as she blends the corners of each blemish, it should look great.
Remember, dark skin is usually WARM, stay away from cool and ashy tones. That means look for orange/red-based products and NO blue/pink-based concealers or foundations.
Also, if she wants in-depth advice, most salons offer basic makeup lessons for about $50.
When you are ready to buy, TIGI Cosmetics is an affordable, mid-level, professional line that I like. Check it out!