Tis the season for the Boney M Christmas Album on repeat, an irrational excitement associated to discovering a mostly-made-of-wax-piece-of-chocolate beneath a locker of corrugated cardboard and of course a festive red lip.
This won’t be news to you; by this point in time you’ve come to appreciate our mutual love of a red lip and its ability to instantly dress up any look. In the sea of post-work Christmas cocktails and impromptu office parties, festive lips, whether they’re red or not, are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.
It is, however, also the season of dry air and chapped lips – an environment not necessarily conducive to a flawless holiday lip. With this reality in mind, we wanted to go over our red lip regime and provide you with the tools necessary to get the perfect painted puckers.
This is everybody’s friend Libertee.
A widely respected connoisseur of the red lip, Libertee dishes on how she maintains that flawless looking lip on the daily. Pictured here post-application, her go to colours are Make-Up Forever Aqualiner 8C and Bobbi Brown Artstick in Harlow Red.
(if you’’re not sure whether you’re a Cool Bitch or a Warm Hunnie, be sure to check out “The Science of the Red Lip” post from August 25, 2015 to find the perfect shade of red for your skin tone!)
Lip Service 101
- Integrate a lip exfoliant into your night time regiment.
- Simply place a small amount of exfoliant on your fingertip and apply on to your lip in a circular motion. Smooth away the product and the associated gunk with a warm, damp face cloth.
- Seal in all of the good work you just did with a lip moisturizer before bed.
- If you have failed to follow the afore mentioned regiment and are planning on covering up a chapped lip with a dark lipstick, be sure to follow this one simple step to ensure you do not leave the house looking silly: DON’T
Dull tips wreck lips
The most important tool a girl has in pristine lip liner application is a sharpener. Lining a lip with an unsharpened liner would be the equivalent of signing a cheque with a crayon – not effective. Keep it sharp, ladies.
We love Makeup Forever Aqualiner as it's both water proof and a real champ at preventing what folks in the biz call “bleeding” – the seeping out of product beyond the line of your lip.
**WARNING: For some unknown reason sharpeners are not universally sized to fit all liners. We’ve been burned before. If you are purchasing the Art Stick by Bobbi Brown , take note it comes with a perfectly sized pencil sharpener ; it's hiding in the bottom of the box.
"Close your mouth dear,"
Unless there’s some doctor standing in front of you with a tongue depressor, close your mouth. When lining your lips, you want to ensure that you line their natural shape, not what you look like catching snowflakes. Along the same lines, don’t exceed the boundaries of your natural lip line– you’re not fooling anyone.
As above, so below.
The name of the game is symmetry – with this bit of instruction in mind, we recommend that you attack your lips one half at a time. Begin in the middle of your top lip and line to its outer corner, follow this same process on the same side of your bottom lip. Repeat on the other side of your lip . . . obvi.
Too much of good thing.
Sipping on cocktails, laughing the hardest and spending time under the mistletoe (you devil) are all cause for your lipstick to run low, specifically in the pout of your lip; however, re-applying too often can lead to cakey looking kissers. To avoid this sort of product build up, we recommend filling in your lips with a liner only in the corners.
This might sound contrary to other lipstick how tos you may have read in the past, but we swear by this technique for a number of reasons. Primarily, the slight difference in shade between your lipstick and lip liner will create a fuller looking lip. Secondarily, by leaving the pout of your lip liner free you can reapply just the lipstick to this area without the associated product build-up as lipstick layered over liner is an extra-thick combination.
The finishing touch
As a finishing touch to create a polished look, we highly recommend using your waterproof liner to fill the crease of your lips. Don’t go overboard, but do your best to fill this space to complete the look of a full lip.
The Perfect Pout
Before you leave the house (or bathroom. . .)
- Once you’ve applied your lip liner and lipstick, smile as hard as you can three times. Now look at your teeth. Fix that. You’re welcome
- Don’t leave your lipstick at home! You will have to reapply.
- If you’re eating – we recommend slipping away to the bathroom to take your lipstick off. Baby wipes work wonders for this, but in a pinch, Kleenex will do. You can always reapply post-meal.
What are you waiting for? Advent calendars went on sale like a week ago!