Something about lipstick gives you an instant boost of confidence.
But pulling it off every day? That seems like something only effortlessly cool gals and actual grown-ups can do. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you wear lipstick eight days a week without looking like you’ve played in your mother’s makeup.
The easiest way to jump into daily lipstick is to find a more neutral shade that suits you and can pair easily with your wardrobe. You’ll still get the self-esteem boost without inducing anxiety about overdoing it. You can also soften the look by applying lipstick in the center of your lips and blending outward with your finger.
When it comes to finding your perfect shade, there are as many methods as there are colors to choose from. But whether you match your lipstick to your nipples–yes, that’s a thing–or you opt for a more traditional route & allow your skin tone to dictate the shade, have fun with it! You never know what you might like until you try.
Perfectly smooth lipstick application begins with exfoliation. Even the best lipsticks can look cracked and rough on flaky, chapped lips. Use ISSA to gently scrub away dry skin for a perfectly prepped pout.
Being a lipstick lady doesn’t mean you have to give up hamburgers and only drink liquids from a dainty straw. For lip color that lasts, liner is a must, but you don’t have to be an Insta makeup artist to do it properly. Draw an ‘X’ across your cupid’s bow, and then follow your natural lip line. Blend into the fuller parts of your lips, top with your lipstick and mwah! Lip color that will last you from your morning coffee to late-night pizza.
There’s definitely something to be said for nude lipsticks, but a bold lip can take any outfit to a new level. Swipe on some red lipstick and your ordinary t-shirt and jeans is now a fashionable ensemble. Feeling extra confident? Try a dark purple or black lipstick and get down with your bold self. You’re a lipstick lady now!
Katie Steadman is a native Texan roaming Asia with a penchant for writing, and solving sudoku puzzles at breakneck speed.