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Let’s be real: A girl can never have too many shades of lipstick at her disposal. But as a lipstick lover, you’ve probably come across a variety of issues, from fading throughout the day to getting color on your teeth. Ugh, so annoying! It turns out that there are some common lipstick mistakes you could be making when it comes to application. From choosing the wrong lip liner to swiping your lipstick on the wrong way, here are five lipstick mistakes you could be making. Once you’ve read up on the below, grab your favorite lipstick. We’ve got plenty of options for you, including the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic, and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Lips/Matte.
Lip liner lesson 101: Unless you want your lips to look like a coloring book that needs to be filled in, don’t choose a lip liner that is too dark. You can avoid this questionable makeup look by choosing a lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner, that either matches your lipstick color or is in the same color family. If you want to achieve a well-defined lip with lip liner, color in your entire lip—yep, both your top and bottom lip. Filling in your lips with lip liner can help give your lipstick a smooth base and also help you avoid the “ring around the mouth” look once your color starts to fade. After you’ve finished applying lip liner, blend your lipstick all the way to the edge of the lip liner for a seamless finish.
Think about where you start when you apply lipstick: There’s a good chance it could be at the corners of your mouth. But where you start applying your lipstick actually matters. A good rule of thumb to follow: Apply lipstick starting at the center of your lips, moving outwards. If you start at the corners of your mouth, you can end up drawing outside the lines. Starting at the center and moving outwards affords you more control.
Follow these five easy steps to get the perfect lipstick application, including defining your cupid’s bow, each and every time.
Step 1: Create an ‘X.’ Reach for a lip liner and find the highest point of your natural lip. Draw a straight line extending down from that point with lip liner. Do the same thing on the other side of your top lip to create an X.
Step 2: Define your bottom lip. Now that you’ve created an X, you’ll see that the center of your bottom lip is directly below the center of the X you just made. Draw the next line across that point to define your bottom lip.
Step 3: Draw two ‘V’ shapes. Part your lips slightly, and draw a sideways V connecting your top and bottom lips at both corners of your mouth.
Step 4: Connect. Use short strokes of your lip liner to connect the lines together. For precise application, angle the lip liner and hold it vertically, flat against your lip, with the tip of the lip liner pointing outward.
Step 5: Fill in your lips. Of course, you aren’t leaving your lips as is. You’ll need to fill them in with lipstick. Go over your cupid’s bow with a swipe of lipstick and you’re all set.
It’s time to figure out what colors can make your lips look bigger, not smaller. Have naturally thin lips? Choosing a bold lipstick shade may not be a good idea, since this can have the opposite effect of what you want. Instead, opt for a bright shade that has transparency and shine to help make your lips look fuller.
When choosing a lipstick shade, think about the rest of your outfit and how the hues will play against each other. For example, if you’re wearing a red dress, it might be a good idea to try that bright pink lipstick another time since the two might clash. Or, if you’re going for a bold smoky eye, let that be the center of attention by rocking a nude lipstick.
Worried you’re making mistakes in other parts of your makeup routine? We can help with that. Check out the 8 Blush Mistakes You Could Be Making and the 8 Common Foundation and Concealer Mistakes You Could Be Making.