“I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.” – Audrey Hepburn
HOW TO: A MAKE-UP GUIDE ON MAKE-UP BRUSHES (Part V)
For those of us who are not just getting back to make-up but getting back to make-up well done!
|| THE LIP BRUSH
The lip brush is a long, thin pencil-like wand with soft bristles at the end that typically form a tapered point. It is used to apply a lipstick or a lip gloss evenly on to the lips. Makeup pro’s use a lip brush because it gives a more precise line and smoother coverage.
Why should you use a lip brush?
1. Lip brushes are designed to apply lip cosmetics with precision and to prevent them from smudging. A long handle provides optimum control, and a curved, tapered bristle provides better precision. This results in an even, feather resistant budge-proof application.
2. If you are mixing several shades and/or formulas, using a brush to apply the lip colour may result in lipstick lasting longer because less product layers are used in each application.
3. In addition, a lip brush is often used to blend lip liner and lipstick together on the lips. (Some people who use these brushes do not even need to use a lip liner because the application tends to be very precise). A lip liner however is still needed to give perfect shape to the lips and to prevent a lipstick from bleeding. This application technique also prevents the lip liner from looking too severe and harsh, thus giving more natural appearance to the lips.
4. And because despite all the advantages, I still enjoy applying lipstick from it’s own tube, my personal favorite reason to use a lip brush is simply that it enables me to get to the product once the stick gets to the end.
Lip liner – Begin by using your favorite lip-liner and begin at the Cupid’s Bow of the upper lip and trace the outer part of your lips. Once the lips are lined you are going to use the same liner pencil to fill them in. This is extremely important as this will lay the foundation for the lipstick you apply on top. Simply turn the liner onto its side and color in the rest of the lip.
Lipstick – Now it’s time to apply your lipstick. As we age we get small crevasses in our lips, when you use the lipstick from the tube the color lays on the top surface of the lips only. Using a brush allows the color to really get into the lip and helps it stay longer. Dip the lip-brush into the lipstick, and pack the color onto the lips to get a sort of stained effect. Start applying lip color in the center of your mouth and work outward toward the edges. Next take a tissue and blot your lips a couple of times to really press the color into your lips. Now go back in with your lipstick and apply a second coat of color. To get a crisp finish, use the tip of the brush to define the lip lines at the bows and corners.
Concealer – To help clean up around the lips and give them a clean edge, wipe off your lip-brush really well to remove the lipstick and use a concealer to clean up the edges. This of course is optional.
Lastly, note bene: If your lip color is of a liquid consistency, you can opt to squeeze out a bit of it on a makeup tray and apply with the lip brush. For hygiene reasons, do not share your lip brushes. It’s also recommended to keep two separate lip brushes for lighter and darker colors to prevent unwanted mixing.
Otherwise, I’d like to meet the girl who can pull blue lipstick off as a day-time look. *Disclaimer: must not work in the creatives industry i.e. advertising, fashion. and who isn’t in college (otherwise that’d be too easy).