Lip Tips - Essential Tips for Beauty

Lips and eyes are the most important focal points of your face so one must pay special attention to these areas while doing makeup. Here are some additional tips for your lips that you can use:
  • Lipstick staining your teeth makes you look extremely shabby. To avoid this, pucker your lips in an extreme 'O' and then apply the lipstick.
  • Even if your lipstick smudges to the insides of your lips, wrap your finger with a tissue and put it into your mouth, and twist it slowly to eliminate any extra color.
  • You can also highlight your lips by using a light film of eye shadow color coordinated with your lip color in the center of the upper and lower lips.
  • If one of your lips is larger than the other, balance the look by using the lighter shade of the lipstick on the smaller-sized lip.
  • Don't let your lipstick pass on to the utensils while dining by using your tongue and lower teeth and avoiding them to come in contact with your lips.
  • To smoothen the lips a little before applying lip color, rub them a little with washcloth gently.
  • Apply foundation on and around lips and then define the look of your lips using the lip liner.
  • If you lips are naturally full and large, don't use the lip liner though you can soften the edge using a Q-tip and avoid glossy and shiny lip color.
  • If you have thin lips, use light shades to make them appear fuller. Define the lip using the neutral lip pencil from slightly beyond your natural lip line and then apply lipstick covering up lip defining line. Another trick is to apply white shadow on center of both lips over lipstick very lightly and spread it gently.
  • If your upper lip is too thin or does not have a good shape, outline it with the lip liner similar to your lipstick and in the center portion, draw a second line giving it the precise shape using a brown pencil. Apply color including the brown line. This will make your lips look fuller.
  • To hide lip lines, apply lipstick vertically.

How To Apply Lipstick That Lasts

Applying Lipstick That Lasts
  • Finish applying makeup all over the face before starting off with your lipstick. This is as good as the basic and most important rule of applying lipstick that lasts. Applying lipstick before you’re done with the rest of your face may cause the lipstick to smudge or look untidy. This is exactly why most women apply lipstick only after they’re done with the rest of the face. Some women even apply lipstick right before they step out. This is done to show off lips that look as fresh as flowers.
  • Zero in on a lipstick color or shade of lipstick that complements your overall look and skin tone. Basically, use a lipstick that goes well with your makeup and the color of your skin. Choosing a lipstick shade that complements the natural color of your lips is the way to go. Satin and glossy finish lipsticks are best for glamorous evenings or night outs. Matte lipsticks give you that muted finish to throw filtered rays of light on your workday or regular makeup.
  • The best way to have your lipstick last for long is by treating your lips with moisture. Start off the process by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly or lip balm. This helps give your lips much needed moisture and will also help lipstick last longer.
  • You will need a lip liner for this step. Take the lip liner and draw a thin line around the edge of your lips. The line should be only one shade darker than your lipstick. Any darker and your lips will literally look like they have been drawn onto your face. Start at the centre of the upper lip and draw away from the starting point. Focus more within the edges of the lips to stress less on thicker lips and focus more on the outer edges to highlight thinner lips. Subtlety and a steady hand is what are important here.
  • Proceed to apply your chosen shade of lipstick from the tube. You can also use a small and effective lipstick brush. Apply the lipstick within the outlines of your lips. Make sure that you apply the lipstick evenly and try not to stray away from the edges of your lips. You will need a steady hand for this step too.
  • If at all there is any excess color on your lips, you can always blot out the same to get to a look of perfection.

Homemade Lip Gloss Recipes

Colored Lip Gloss

  • 1 tbsp petroleum jelly
  • 1 inch scoop colored lipstick
  • 3 drops vanilla essence
  • A pinch of eye glitter
  • Take the colored lipstick piece, petroleum jelly, eye glitter, and vanilla essence in a zip pouch and remove all the air from it.
  • Zip the bag. Gently squish the pouch with the fingers so that you mix the ingredients together.
  • Blend it properly so that it is uniformly colored.
  • Cut a small hole in the zip pouch and then squeeze out the gloss into a container.
Liquid Gloss

  • 3 ounces sweet almond oil
  • 3 ml of any natural flavor oil
  • 1.5 ounces liquid vegetable
  • Glycerin
  • 12 drops vitamin E
  • 2 drops food coloring
  • In a glass container, mix the almond oil, natural flavor oil, and vitamin E drops.
  • Into the mixture, slowly add the liquid glycerin. Stir thoroughly to mix.
  • Add the food color.
  • Transfer the gloss from the glass container to roll up bottles. 
Apple Flavored Lip Gloss

  • 3 ml natural apple essence oil
  • 3 ounces sweet almond oil
  • 1.5 ounces liquid vegetable glycerin
  • 10 drops vitamin E oil
  • Take the vitamin E oil and apple essence in a glass bowl and mix.
  • Gently add the liquid glycerin and mix.
  • Pour it into a glass container and seal. 
Honey Gloss

  • 10 fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 1 drop vitamin E oil
  • Take all the ingredients in a microwave bowl and microwave it till it boils. Remove from the microwave.
  • Then using a spoon, crush the cranberries by pushing them against the sides of the bowl.
  • Let the mixture rest for some time to cool.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and pour the liquid into a glass bottle. 
Raspberry Lip Gloss

  • 2 teaspoons raspberry blitz flavor oil
  • 4 ounces sweet almond oil
  • ½ ounce white beeswax granules
  • 1 tsp liquid sweetener
  • 1 tsp sparkle crimson mica
  • In a double boiler, mix the beeswax in a low flame.
  • Add the almond oil, raspberry flavor oil, sweetener and sparkle mica to the melted beeswax, and stir thoroughly to mix.
  • Place the mixture in a glass container.

Remedies For Removing Upper Lip Hair

Tweezers For those few noticeable hair on the upper lip, tweezing is the best way to pinch them out. This turns out to be the most inexpensive method to get rid of that unsightly lip hair. Since the area being treated is small, a simple tool like tweezers is enough to do the job. Though you might feel minor tingling initially, the pain will subside after a few minutes. 
Threading Threading is the most widely used method for removing upper lip hair. Though this option is a little painful, but it helps in getting rid of the tiniest and finest hair from the root. Once done, the hair is only visible after 15 days. Hence, threading is quite convenient and affordable.  
Shaving is another quick way to remove hair from the upper lip. While shaving, ensure that the razor is sharp to avoid any nicks or cuts of the skin. Shaving can cause razor burns and minor skin irritation, which can be reduced by applying aloe vera lotion to the area, after the entire process. But, the results of shaving lasts only for 5 to 7 days after which it has to be repeated again.  
Waxing Yet another method for getting rid of upper lip hair, waxing provides a long-lasting result with hair growing back after 20 to 25 days. Waxing is done using one of the different waxes available in the market like hot wax, cold wax, sugar wax, etc. A small amount of wax is applied to the upper lip area with a spatula. The region is then covered with a cotton cloth or cotton strip. The strip is pressed gently and pulled off at once. Though waxing can be quite painful, it gives you a hair-free and smooth looking skin thereafter.  
Cream Depilatories
Cream depilatories are another way to remove the unwanted hair on your upper lip. The cream is first applied to the area and left for 10 to 15 minutes, giving you a bit of chemical burn feeling. Then the depilatories are used to rinse away the mush to give you a soft, smooth skin. Most depilatories come with an astringent or lotion-type product that is applied after hair removal to avoid skin irritation. Since this method removes hair only from the surface of the skin, the clear skin lasts only for 3 to 5 days.  
In case you are looking for a solution to get rid of the upper lip hair permanently, the above methods are not of use to you. Though they are very effective, you need to spend money and time again and again. It is here that electrolysis comes to your rescue, to remove hair permanently. The method destroys hair follicles using low voltage electricity. However, this permanent method requires you to pay a lot. When going for electrolysis, get it done by an experienced practitioner or a cosmetologist, as it can damage the skin and leave scars behind when done incorrectly.

Remedies For Chapped Lips

  • Shea butter is very hepful in healing cracked lips. Shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E, and F and It nourishes and heals lips. You could try mixing it with a little beeswax to get better results.
  • Clarified butter or ghee helps cracked lips, heal quickly, and will keep the skin smooth and soft.
  • Revive the pink tint of your lips by making good use of rose petals. Soak a few rose petals in milk for a few hours. Make a paste of these petals and apply them on your lips. An alternative for milk is glycerin, which gives similar results.
  • Applying a mixture of milk cream and a few drops of beetroot juice or pomegranate juice is also known to heal dry chapped lips and restore the pink color.
  • Aloe Vera gel is an excellent option to treat all types of skin conditions. It is also just as good for cracked lips and can heal them very quickly.
  • Lips are the first part of the human body to show signs of dehydration by cracking. Therefore, be sure to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. This will help hydrate not just your lips, but also your entire body.
  • There are numerous choices of lip balms and brands of petroleum jelly in the market. These can be used to effectively heal dry or cracked lips and will also prevent constant licking of lips.
  • Different oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil are very effective and can work wonders.
  • Honey contains sugar crystals that exfoliate the skin of the lips and the honey itself hydrates lips. Add a drop of lemon juice to two drops of honey and apply on your lips to get smooth, pink, beautiful lips.
  • Cucumber slices seems to be a universal beauty remedy. Rubbing a slice of cucumber on your lips will help them heal faster than you can imagine.
  • One of the best things that you can do is to pay attention to your diet. If you suffer from vitamin deficiencies, you will find that your skin, including your lips, will look dry and flaky. Ensure you have a diet rich in vitamin A. In addition, ensure that you have a balanced diet.

How to Apply Lipstick

You Need
  • Lip Balm
  • Lip Brush
  • Lip Liner
  • Lipstick
  • Lip Gloss
  • Tissues
  Tips & Procedure
  • Wear a lipstick according to the occasion. If it is for daily work, there is no need for foundation or concealer. If it is for a party, apply foundation prior to the application of lipstick and make sure you apply it evenly at the corners of the mouth to avoid any fine lines.
  • Don’t use foundation or concealer on your lips. Instead, apply some lip balm to make it soft, as it will enable the lipstick to glide smoothly.
  • Now, with the lip pencil or lip liner, carefully give shape to your lips. It is not necessary to match it with your lipstick. You can also apply a neutral tone that will give shape to your lips and prevent the lipstick from spreading out.
  • Take the lip brush and dab lipstick on it. Try not to apply lipstick directly in one go. With a lip brush, the application is smoother and the color lasts longer too.
  • Stretch your lips by smiling wide and slowly drag the brush along the lower lip, from one end to the other.
  • Be careful while applying it on the upper lip. Stretch it and apply carefully within the lip line, carefully tapering at the corners of the mouth.
  • Don’t hesitate to apply it at the corners, just be careful not to smudge it. Make sure the lipstick does not spread outside the lip line.
  • Take some tissue and blot it once on your lips just to make sure that excess lipstick is absorbed. Now, if you think the lipstick has become too light, apply it directly on your lips once.
  • In case you want some extra shine, apply a hint of gloss just at the center of the lower lips and press your lips together. Don’t apply generous doses of gloss on your entire lip. With that done, you are set to begin your day with that perfect smile!

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