Happy weekend everyone!
Spring is finally here, (well, kinda lol) and this season is all about experimenting with the new, unusual and fresh colours in lipsticks, eyeshadows and even blushes!
I decided to dedicate this post to a question I’d been receiving a lot lately: How do you pull off a bold lip?
Simple right? well, although it may seem as easy as it sounds, a lot of the times I’d have people telling me they don’t wear bold lips, not because they don’t like them, but they feel as though they call pull it off. For a very long time, I felt like I couldn’t wear a bold lip – and believe me, it took some time for me to fully embrace wearing a bold colour whilst still feeling like myself.
Here are a few tips that I found over-time, helped me gain the confidence to pull off any lip colour without hesitation!
Prep the Lips
Its always best to have a fresh, clean canvas by gently exfoliating the skin before any makeup/lip application. This will ensure that whatever lip colour you wear, your lips are well prepped prior to lipstick!
Start With Traditional Lipsticks!
I know, I know, its so old school nowadays but trust me when I say that you can never go wrong with a traditional tube of lipstick especially when trying out a new bold colour. With tube lipsticks, you actually have more control over not only how you want to apply it but how much of the product you’d like to start off with first – the simpler, the better and with tube lipsticks, you can go all out in experimenting and collect until you find that classic bold lip colour that you love.
Finesse the Lip Application
There are a number of different ways to applying lipstick, but whilst we’re on the topic of traditional lipsticks (and because I did use a lipstick in this editorial) I’d say that the best way to apply a lipstick is… from the tube ^-^ yup, no need for four different shades of lipliners, no overlining (unless that’s like, your thing then you go girl, that’s completely fine!), no complications – just you, your lipstick and your concentration is all you need with this technique!
Using the sharp end of your lipstick as a liner first, apply it around the perimeter of the mouth as if you’re using a lip pencil. The reason why this method is almost better than applying a darker lip-pencil first is that by applying the lipstick, this way keeps the application neat and true-to-colour! Apply another line layer right on top of the natural shape of your lips – once that shape is made, slowly fill them in and voilá! It could also help if you invest in a good quality lipstick for the sake of pigment and comfortability – there are loads to choose from but I personally like Makeup Forever’s lipsticks and Tanya Burr’s Lipstick range (gorgeous packaging too!)
The Clean Cut Finish
Now, in no way is this even a lipstick secret although I do sometimes feel like this step is overlooked, and that is to use the smallest flat, synthetic eyeshadow brush you own with a tiny bit of your foundation and use the duo to clean up the sides/edges of your lips as a reverse lip liner. I’m not over exaggerating when I say that this changed my life once I figured out how to use this technique for my lips. This is what creates that nice, clean, sophisticated and sharp finish to all of my lip colours including natural/nude lipsticks!
I know that I sometimes find myself over-analyzing and spending too much time trying to perfect my lipstick of which there isn’t anything wrong with checking, but all in all its about how YOU approach your look before anyone else. Please do not let anyone make you feel like you can’t wear any lip shade, as I am here to tell you that you can pull off ANY lip colour/makeup look for that matter! Makeup is art, its fun! And if you’re enjoying your bubblegum pink lip moment, you’ve just gracefully pulled off a lip colour some would never dare to wear! And that’s the secret 😉
FOUNDATION – Loreal True Match Super Blendable in 8N Cappucino
CONCEALER – MAC Select Cover-Up concealer
POWDER – Loreal True Match Super Blendable Powder (underneath the eyes, to brighten)
BRONZER/BLUSH – Sleek Bronze Block in Dark
HIGHLIGHT – Any cream highlighter will do, mine is, unfortunately, unbranded but I like to use a fluffy blush brush to apply the product to the tops of my cheekbones – this method does not move my foundation or concealer!
LINER – Poundland (surprisingly good! lasts ages and I’m on my second purchase)
MASCARA – Poundland (I’m not joking when I say that this product actually lengthens my lashes!)
LIP – Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in 36 (no lip liner used! ^-^)
Hope this post gives you some tips/inspo on rocking a bold lip this spring! I’d love to know your comments/thoughts on this look!
This makeup look is actually inspired by CHANEL’s Spring-Summer 2018 Pré-Collection promo shoot featuring Camille Hurel
Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!
Lots of love,