How to achieve the perfect pout

By: IRENE NJOROGE-KRISTIAN

Bold and beautiful lips are all the rage and they are an asset too, inspiring many a poet or songwriter. Just like the rest of your skin, your lips need tender loving care, more so because they have no protective factor – they have no sweat glands and have very few oil glands.

They are also covered with a thin layer that often dries and cracks. For this reason, you need to moisturise and protect the delicate skin of your lips with a lip balm that has sunscreen and apply it liberally as often as you need to.

Remember to smear on some lip balm in the morning before applying your favourite lipstick and again at night after removing your makeup. Below are some tips for wearing lipstick.

WEAR LIPSTICK EFFECTIVELY

After your lip balm and before you apply lipstick, use lip liner around the edges of your lips. This will keep your lipstick in place and keep the colour from bleeding.

Choose a liner that matches the shade of your lipstick and keep it sharp to ensure a fine line.

Emphasise your cupid’s bow by drawing the liner at the centre and taking it down to the corner in a curved line. Dark, intense shades of lipstick make lips seem thinner. If this is your intention, simply use a deep-coloured matt lipstick and do not apply lip gloss. Conversely, a pale glossy lipstick will make your lips look larger.

MAKE IT LAST LONGER

The new matte formulas are long-wearing and hardly require touch-ups. Lipstick also lasts longer when it is applied with a brush. After applying, blot it with one layer of tissue, apply a little loose powder over the tissue.

Remove the tissue carefully and then apply a second coat of lipstick and blot lightly with a fresh piece of tissue. If you are using the new self-applicator types of lipstick, simply swipe it over your lips after lining them.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION