I’ve always found that lipstick is the best way to finish 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. Exfoliate 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 many exfoliation recipes online to help plump and exfoliate your pout, or you can try a product called Kaplan MD Lip Mask and Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm. It’s a great way to get rid of all the dead skin and visibly smooth fine lines.
2. Moisturize your Lips
Keeping your lips hydrated with a great moisturizer is the key to great lips. Applying something simple like petroleum jelly daily can help you regain the moisture you lose from aging. After exfoliation, hydrate your lips with a simple lip balm before applying lipstick.
3. Pick 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 Last Longer
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 lip gloss instead of 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. If you’re not a primer fan, 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 be using a matte lipstick with a dab of gloss in the center. A matte lasts the longest. The only problem is it will give the appearance of a smaller lip, possibly defining the lines within the lips. A little lighter gloss in the center will fill the lips a bit, with no bleeding into lines outside of the lip line to combat this.
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