Posts Tagged ‘lips’

HOW TO PREVENT LIPSTICK ON YOUR TEETH

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

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

I was at lunch last week with my girlfriends and was in shock that they didn’t know this trick! I thought everyone’s grandmother taught them it! So let me be your grandmother today LOL and teach you one of the greatest tips out there that you’ll use for the rest of your life. Nothing is worse than rocking a gorgeous bold lip then walking into the bathroom and seeing it all over your teeth! AGH! So annoying. If you choose a matte formula, most likely this won’t happen; but choose a bright satin finish or a liquid lacquer and you’re in trouble. Luckily there’s a little quick thing you can do (and should do) every time you wear lipstick. Simply place your index finger in your mouth, close your lips around it then pull the finger back out. Any lipstick that would have ended up on your teeth is now on your finger instead. I test every lipstick with this trick before I leave the house and maybe a third of the time there is nothing on my finger. The rest of the time, my finger is looks like Magali’s above.

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Apply the lipstick along the top, really coating while following the shape of the cupid’s bow.
  2. Apply it along the bottom as well, being sure to coat the inside part so you don’t have bare lip peeking through. This is the area that tends to end up on your teeth, but not an area you want to skip when wearing a bright lip color. Which is why this finger trick is a life saver!
  3. Place your finger in your mouth and wrap your lips around it. I tried to take a picture of this step to show you but, let’s just say it doesn’t photograph well! Then pull your finger out and all of the lipstick that would have ended up on your teeth is now on your finger.

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D.I.Y. NATURAL LIP SCRUB

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

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

Over the last few years I’ve shared my favorite ways to get soft and smooth lips (revisit the Winter Lip Fix, The Brush Off and the Chapped Lip Undo). Today I’m giving you an all-natural alternative that tastes and smells amazing! This DIY is especially brilliant because it has not one but two benefits: the sugar exfoliates while the coconut oil moisturizes. My dear friend Angelique Cabral took time from shooting her CBS pilot Life in Pieces to show us how:

TOOLS:

  • Any Sugar You Have On Hand — I happened to have a white all-purpose sugar in my kitchen cabinet, but I also love an organic raw sugar too. You’ll only need a 1/2 teaspoon but I made a full teaspoon for photographic purposes.
  • Coconut Oil — I used this one because I also use it to remove my most stubborn eye makeup and I use it for oil pulling! You’ll also only need a 1/2 teaspoon!
  • Your Favorite Lip Serum or Lip Balm (optional)

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STEPS:

  1. Pour the Sugar into the Coconut Oil.
  2. Mix it together with your finger by swirling it around until it becomes a paste. Coconut oil melts into a liquid when it’s heated up but you’ll be working fast enough that you’ll be ok.
  3. Cover your entire lip area with the paste and start scrubbing back and forth with your finger.
  4. Stretch your smile so it’s taut and continue scrubbing.
  5. Let it sit for a minute for extra moisture if you wish.
  6. Wipe it off with a tissue. If you made a bit of a mess, you might opt for a wet washcloth instead!
  7. This step is optional because they’ll already be really moisturized from the coconut oil, but you’re welcome to seal the deal and finish with a lip serum or balm.

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HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT LIPSTICK ON THINNER LIPS

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

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

A lot of us who aren’t endowed with big plump lips are intimidated by bright lipstick, fearing it will only make our lips look smaller. But there is a little subtle trick we can do to make them look a little plumper. Because any time we highlight something, we make it appear “raised” out. So never rock a red lip without doing this ever again! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Concealer — After all the years in this industry trying everything on everyone, I have narrowed it down three favorite concealer sticks in three different price ranges: this one ($$$), this one ($$) and this one ($).
  • Your Favorite Bright Lipstick — I used this matte lip pencil above and for the fuller lip shot I used this high pigment lip pencil. As you can see, the NARS one is more matte than the Bite Beauty one and I personally like the little hint of shine.
  • An EyeShadow Buffing Brush — Of course the brush I used in this tutorial has just been discontinued (how uncouth!) but try this shading brush instead.

STEPS:

  1. Dab the buffing brush across the top of the concealer stick to load it up.
  2. Start at an outer corner and sweep the brush along the perimeter of the lip area towards the cupid’s bow.
  3. Continue sweeping the brush from the cupid’s bow to the other corner.
  4. Repeat on the bottom lip perimeter.
  5. Now buff it in along the top lip perimeter.
  6. And continue buffing it in along the bottom lip perimeter.
  7. Finish by filling in the lip area with the bright lip color like you usually would!

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THE CHAPPED LIP UNDO

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

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

This winter seems particularly brutal and the chilling winds are wreaking havoc on our faces, especially our lips! It seems every client that I’ve worked on so far this year is suffering from reeeeeally chapped lips no matter how often they re-apply their lip balm. A couple months ago I posted the Winter Lip Fix tutorial with a bi-weekly scrub and mask (and I’d love to hear if any of you have tried it and have had good results!). But if that’s not enough or you’re still looking for something else, you have to give a non-balm a try.

Balms try to protect lips against getting chapped, or getting more chapped, but if they’re already chapped, they can’t really undo them. That doesn’t mean you have to give up! A non-balm penetrates, conditions and moisturizes instead of sitting on top as protection (which is still important too!).  Combine it with daily scrubbing (when you brush your teeth, brush your lips) and you can absolutely start bringing your lips back to life. Here’s how:

THE {NON} BALMS:

STEPS:

  1. With either the oil or the serum, pump once on the tip of your finger. (With the oil, you can apply it directly on your lip area if you want, obviously).
  2. Smear it all over your lip area. You don’t have to give it a few minutes before applying lipstick, but I always do because I’m a little neurotic and don’t want anything to interfere with it working its magic!