Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lipsticks and Glosses: Commonly asked questions

With so many textures, formulas, scents, and colors, it is hard sometimes to choose the right lip products. I usually end up with two times more products I hate than like. Some I love the color, but not the texture. Others I love the texture, but the color is meh. However when I do find that one product I absolutely love and have been looking for, it feels almost like winning the makeup lottery :)

Here are some commonly asked questions about lip products, which may help you to decide which products will work best for you.

How can I make lipstick last longer?
The quality and finish of a lipstick all factors in on how long the lipstick will last, but there is a way to make it last longer. First exfoliate the lips to get all of the dry skin off. Next apply a lip balm and let it set for several minutes so that it will make the lips soft and smooth. Then apply lip liner around the lips and fill the lips in completely with the liner as if it were a lipstick. This should help the lipstick from fading as quickly.

How can I make my lips look larger?
There are a few different tricks to achieve larger lips. First, try lining the lips just outside the real line with a natural colored lip liner. Then after applying a lip color, try placing gloss in only the center. This draws the light to the center, which is the fullest part of the lips. Finally, add a bit of highlight to the bottom of the cupids bow, which also reflects light and draws attention to a fuller part of the lips and makes them a bit more noticeable.

What colors do you recommend for each skin tone?
Generally, fair skin looks best with light pink shades. Medium skin looks best with medium toned pinks and mauves, and dark skin looks best with dark pinks and plumy colors. As far as reds go, it all has to do with the undertone. If you are cool toned, you need a lipstick with a more orange base to warm the skin up. If you are warm toned, blue reds work better. However, wear whichever color you feel comfortable with. The rules do not always work on everyone. The tone of your skin, hair color, eye color, etc.. can all play a part in which colors look best on you.

Is buying expensive lipstick worth it?
I am a stickler for buying cheap makeup and hate paying high end or even middle range prices. But in all honesty, spending $14 on a mac lipstick can save money in the long run because you can try on the colors in the store. I know I have spent a lot of money on drugstore lipsticks thinking they are a good deal because they looked pretty and just like what I wanted in the tube, but they ended up being completely hideous on my lips.

On the other hand, if you are just starting to build up a lipstick collection and want to experiment with different colors and finishes, drugstore lipsticks would be a good choice.

But would I recommend super high end lipsticks costing over $30? No. I feel that the Mac lipstick is just as good, if not better, than more expensive brands. I also think that there are some $2 drugstore lipsticks that are better than the expensive brands. So paying top dollar does not always mean you are getting top products.

What is the difference between matte and cream finish lipsticks?
Many people often confuse matte and cream lipsticks. Cream lipsticks are, of course, very creamy in texture and have no shimmer, pearl, or glittery finish. The color is flat, but it has a semi glossy finish to it. Matte colors have a completely dull finish, which is what makes it different from the glossy finish of a cream. So to sum all of that up, mattes are flat in finish, while creams are glossy in finish with no shimmer or pearl.

How can you keep lipstick from drying out your lips?
Simply applying a lip balm a few minutes before your lipstick can work wonders on keeping lipsticks from drying out your lips.

What is the difference between frost and pearl?
It's hard to really define the difference between these two, but frosty lipstick has an almost metallic finish and has a very shimmery gleam. Pearl lipsticks have almost a sort of duo-chrome shine sometimes and other times more of a shiny marble finish.

What are some cheaper lipsticks you would recommend?
If you are looking for cheap lip glosses, NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss is definitely the best. They are so unbelievable creamy and are not sticky at all. They are my favorite lip gloss of all time and are even better, in my opinion, than any expensive lip gloss I have tried. They do have a cherry scent to them, so if you hate cherry, these may not be the glosses for you. These retail for around $4.
I would also recommend the NYX Round Lipsticks. I would not rate them as highly as the Mega Shine Gloss, but they are good. As far as more readily available lipsticks, I like Rimmel and Revlon, but sadly none of these really compare to the quality of Mac lipsticks.

What are your favorite lip products?
-Nyx Mega Shine Lip Gloss
-Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss
-Mac Lipstick (in amplified cream or lustre finish)
-Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick
-Burt's Bees Lip Balm (in soothing cooling refreshing)
-Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipcolor
-NYX Round Lipsticks
-Palladio Tinted Lip Balm
-Rimmel Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick
-Milani Lipstick

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