I’ve always found that lipstick is the best way to finish off your look. A swipe of color adds life and makes you look instantly polished.
Unfortunately, as we get older our lips lose a lot of moisture and start to get tiny and thin. Our lipstick doesn’t look the way it used to and we’re left wondering why.
Well, not to worry. Celebrity make-up artist Sana Young, gave me these 6 Tips for applying lipstick after 40. All you need to do is start:
1. Exfoliating your Lips
This can be done simply with your toothbrush in the morning. Wet both the toothbrush and your lips then rub gently in circles. There are also a lot of exfoliation recipes online to help smooth your lips out. It’s a great way to get rid of all the dead skin, leaving you with smooth lips. It’s best to do this before you moisturize, so your lip balm can hydrate your lips instead of soaking in the dead skin.
2. Moisturizing your Lips
Keeping your lips hydrated with a great moisturizer is the key to great lips. Applying something simple like petroleum jelly on a daily basis can help you regain the moisture you lose from aging. After exfoliation, hydrate your lips with a simple lip balm before applying lipstick.
3. Picking the Right Lipstick Color
This season’s new lip color trend is orange. This can be a difficult color for older women to wear. Choosing an orange shade with a red or pink undertone, like coral or nectarine ,will keep you looking fashion forward, yet age appropriate. If you’re not comfortable wearing orange lipstick at all, you can stick with red or pink. When it comes to picking the right lipstick color, there’s a shade for everyone. Just remember, bright color is in.
4. Make Your Lipstick Long Lasting
When you’re busy running around you don’t want to have to worry about reapplying your lipstick. A great trick for long-lasting lipstick is to use a lip liner over the entire lip before applying your color. The liner acts like a stain and will make your color last the entire day. If you prefer a lighter look, then just use a lip gloss, instead of a lipstick over your liner.
5. Prevent your Lipstick from Bleeding
At times our lipstick will bleed into our fine lines or wrinkles. One of the best lipstick tips is to use a primer for lips to smooth those fine lines and prevent bleeding. It will fill in the wrinkles and help keep the lipstick on as well. If you’re not a fan of primer, the lip liner trick will help out. Just make sure it is not darker than the color of your lips.
6. Use Lip Gloss
After applying your lipstick, use a gloss over your color. It’s a great way to make lips look plumper and grab more attention.
The best result will come from using a matte lipstick with a dab of gloss in the center. A matte lasts longest. The only problem is it will give the appearance of a smaller lip, possibly defining the lines within the lips. To combat this a little lighter gloss in the center will fill the lips a bit, with no bleeding into lines outside of the lip line.
Test out these tips and let me know what you think. I’d also love to hear your lipstick tips so please comment below. Also if you have a make-up question for Sana from Meccage Make-up please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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