Posts Tagged ‘exaggerate’

A LIP LINER STUDY

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

By now you know after four years of my makeup tutorials, I LIVE for a good experiment. I’ve always wondered how much of a difference there is if you line the lips first then apply lipstick or apply lipstick first then apply lip liner. Am I the only one? Maybe LOL! But I had to shoot the experiment to see for myself. Here are my findings albeit subtle:

TOOLS:

TBDLipLinerStudy1

(ABOVE) LINER BEFORE LIPSTICK:

  1. First line the perimeter of your lip area with the pencil.
  2. Then fill in the inside area with the lipstick.

TBDLipLinerStudy2

(ABOVE) LIPSTICK BEFORE LINER:

  1. This is the exact reverse. First apply the lipstick over your entire lip area as you typically would.
  2. Now go back over the perimeter with the lip pencil.

TBDLipLinerStudyfinal

So which look do you like better? It seems that lining it after leads to the tendency to go a little exaggerated and slightly above the natural lip line. But looking at them side by side, not so much. Applying the liner first is much cleaner because the line is mostly blended away, while applying it second is more dramatic. Would love to hear your thoughts below!

QUICK LIP TIP

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Last month we learned the best trick for creating a perfect cupid’s bow (revisit it here). Today I’m sharing the best trick for lining your lips the way we pro’s do it for our clients on the red carpet. Some of you might have figured this one out yourself and are already doing it! If not, it’s a quick one to learn and is a game changer. When you line your lip perimeter with your mouth relaxed, there’s no way to get in the micro lines that you can’t even see. And let’s be honest, the line can get a little wonky depending on how voluminous your lips are! But if you stretch your smile, it flattens the surface so you can draw a smooth line with the tip directly on the perimeter, allowing half of the line to slightly go above the perimeter without anyone knowing you exaggerated anything! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Line the perimeter of your lip area with your lips relaxed like you typically would. Don’t worry about it being perfect.
  2. Now here’s the trick! Stretch your lips by smiling and hold it tightly like that. Now line the upper lip area by holding the tip of the pencil on the perimeter so half of it falls below the perimeter and half slightly above. By holding the smile you can exaggerate the line a little and make your lips slightly fuller.
  3. While still holding the stretched smile, line the bottom perimeter as well. You might notice that you actually lined it above the perimeter when you originally lined it but didn’t notice until you smiled.
  4. Now fill in the surface area with the matching lipstick.