Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How To: Liquid Lipsticks

I know liquid lipsticks get a bad name and one of the reasons why is the instructions for applying them doesn't get the best results. What do I mean? Well aside from the fact that several don't even come with instructions, they take slightly more effort than your typical lipstick, gloss or stain. I like to think of them as cream stains.

The problem with a liquid lipstick is you want to whack them on like any lipstick or gloss. You just can't and make it look nice and wear comfortably. If you apply them from the tube without some care, you either get a thick gloppy mess or wait - a thick gloppy dry cracked mess. Basically, it's a hot mess.

In this post, I'm going to show you how I apply liquid lipsticks with the best results.

Start off with well exfoliated, moisturized lips but have no residual moisturizer on the lips. Then take your tube of choice and take out the wand (here is Revlon's Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in 010 Premium Pink). Don't touch your lips with this yet, it has way way way too much product on it!
Think of when you are wearing a lip stain. You don't glop the stain on! Same concept here.
Apply a couple dabs on the lips and mush the product into your lips with your finger (you can pat it in but sweeping it produces the best looks for me). Give it a moment to dry and then top with your favorite balm or gloss. Easy peasy and not thick, goopy or plasticy.
For me, this lasts through coffee in the morning and straight till lunch, but disintegrates the moment I eat anything with any added or natural oils.

Of course, I prefer more natural looks, but you can do light layers to built up the color's opacity. I prefer this to lipsticks as this definitely lasts longer, doesn't transfer (my husband will actually kiss me in the mornings without the fear of "lip stuff") and allows you to apply balm on top for moisture.


Libby's Pink Vanity said...

I thank you for the info. Sounds, also, the best way to keep it from feathering. And, this is NOT the type of product you want to feather!

Petra said...

Ah! Thanks for this! I'm always applying too much and then panicking when I look in the mirror. I will try this technique tomorrow!

Jeweled Thumb said...

@Kim, @Petra: How did it work? Are you two liquid lipstick converts yet? =)

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