|L-R: Lip scrub, matte powder, lip pencil, lip primer, lip brush (product details below)|
And here’s what I do with them!
These two tools are my essentials for creating an even, long-lasting finish that protects against the dreading flaking. Before I put my lipstick on, I’m at my lips with the scrub to remove any bits of dry skin (gross, I know, sorry). If you’ve got any flakes already, most lipsticks will only make them stand out like a sore thumb/make them worse. This product smells absolutely divine – good enough to eat, which is funnily enough what Lush recommends you do with the excess as it’s made from sugar (again, gross – I can’t bring myself to actually do this!).
Then, on goes the primer – and I’ve never found anything that betters this one by Mac. It’s the perfect texture (not too greasy/balmy) and stops matte lipsticks from drying your lips out, without affecting the finish and making it shiny. Out of all of the products in this post, this is the #1 I can’t live without. I’m never sure if it helps lipstick to last longer, but it certainly doesn’t make it wear off faster either!
Before I apply lipstick, defining my lip shape with a pencil tells me where the lipstick needs to go – my cupid’s bow isn’t quite even, so I use the pencil to correct and perfect. Or if I feel like having an extra big pout, to draw the shape I want 😉 The one I’ve pictured was a gift years ago and probably isn’t even sold anymore, but it’s still going strong! It’s a bit darker than my natural lip colour as I use it as a guide, but if I wanted a perfectly crisp lip line I’d probably need a liner in a matching shade to my lipstick. Bonus is that wearing liner on the edges helps to stop feathering. Lots of people would recommend filling in your lips with the liner to give a better base for the lipstick, but I’ve never noticed a difference in staying power, but I do notice it can affect your final colour and make your lips dry, so I skip that.
When that’s done and I’m ready to put the lipstick itself on, I use a lip brush to colour in the shape I’ve just marked out, making sure I go right up to the edges of the liner. Basically, I find the only way to neatly go to the edges of your lip shape is with a brush – it just gives you more control. This Boots brush is my favourite because it’s cheap and has a cap (which isn’t the one featured top left – whoops- it’s actually that bit on the base of the brush). Once that layer is on, I’ll top up from the tube to get the full whack of colour.
And then blot and reapply, of course. Coincidentally, I haven’t featured a picture here as not the prettiest thing in the world, but I find the best way to blot lipstick is to use a face wipe that’s dried out over several hours – there’s none of that fibres sticking to you like with tissues this way. You have to be a good planner to have this to hand though!
The finisher (optional)