Fix Lip Problems with Lipstick
There are dozens of types of lipstick – matte, gloss, moisturizing lipstick, lip stains and more. All have their unique application and effects when applied.
Dry Lips – if you have dry lips you should use moisturizing lipstick with hydrating shea butter and vitamin E to keep lips soft and smooth. These lipsticks moisturize lips because of ingredients like vitamin E, glycerin and aloe. Try L’oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm –for 8 hours of continuous hydration. Even when removed, Colour Riche Lip Balm continues to leave lips feeling conditioned for an additional 2.5 hours.
Thin Lips – there are ways to make thin lips look filled out with lipstick. Select one with lip-plumping, skin-firming peptides to give thin lips a boost. Try Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color – the peptides and seaweed extract help to fill out thin lips. Gloss is also a good choice for thin lips because it make lips shine and enhances the dimension of the mouth. Pearl and frosted lipsticks will reflect the light and give a fuller look to the lips. Be aware that pearl and frosted lipsticks can cause lips feel heavy, cracked and dry – avoid this by moisturizing your lips before applying frosted or pearl colors.
Feathering (or bleeding) Lip Color – depending on your lip shape and type – the bleeding (or feathering) of lip color can be a frustrating issue, especially for those with fine lines around the mouth. Select a lip color that hydrates the skin to plump and fill out the lips – this helps prevents feathering. According to Sonia Kashuck, you should use a foundation over the entire lip first, then line the mouth with a neutral or colorless pencil – this prevents bleeding and will work with any lip shade.
Lip Color that Fades Too Fast – tired of reapplying lip color every hour or so? Try one of the many superstay lip formulas that work like a stain that lasts for hours. Some of these can leave your lips dry and cracked, so try Maybelline SuperStay 14hr Lipstick – like the name implies, color stays for 14 hours.
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Satin and Sheer lipsticks – these lipsticks moisturize and nourish lips. They have high oil ingredients and they can appear darker in the package than they are on lips. Satin and Sheet lipsticks will have to be reapplied many times.
Cream lipsticks – ideal for women with small lips. Cream lip color has a smoothing effect on the lip. They have more wax in order to protect lips, but cream lipsticks can make the lips look dry. You can top a cream lip color with gloss for added moisture.
Pearl and Frosted lipstick – these reflect light to make lips sparkle and glisten. These can be drying to the lip so we suggest moisturizing lips before applying pearl or frosted lipstick.
Long wearing and color-fast lipsticks – these remain on the lip for 4 – 8 hours without touchup. Colors will not transfer unless you eat something greasy or oily. Remember to moisturize before applying long wearing lip color, since these formulas can dry your skin.
TIP FOR APPLYING PERFECT COLOR
Exfoliate lips by brushing them lightly with a clean, dry toothbrush
Create a moisture base with lip balm
Apply lipstick and press lips to even out color
For more about keeping lips luscious and healthy – see our article on Luscious Lips: How to Avoid Chapped Lips