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Beauty Boy: Luscious lips
Joshua R. Waller
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Published: Monday, October 10th, 2011
Lips are one of the most creative yet untapped ways to create a bold look. When it comes to lip design, many women just throw on some lightly tinted lip gloss or possibly even a neutral shade of lipstick, but that is usually where the creativity ends. There are so many products – lip liner, lip stain, lip plumper and even eye shadow pigments – that can be used to create a unique look.
For someone who feels like they have really thin lips, the worst thing you can possibly do is put nothing on them to "stop people from noticing how small they look." With just a little bit of makeup, you can get them looking as voluminous as Angelina Jolie's. Starting with a natural coloured lip liner, begin to outline the shape of the lip (for the Cupid's bow, you can go a little bit above the edge of the lip to make them appear bigger). Apply the liner a bit more heavily to the bottom of the lip – this will give them more depth so they appear thicker. Add a lip colour of your choice and top it off with a lip plumping lip gloss such as Buxom or Lip Venom. The brighter the colour you use, the more they will stand out!
For someone who doesn't like to wear a lot of eye makeup but feels their look is missing something, a bright lipstick and lip stain may be exactly what you are looking for. Bright-coloured lips (such as coral, pink and mauve), are a huge trend for this season. Take a brightly coloured lip stain such as Revlon's Just Bitten and then add a complementing lipstick over top of it to really get a brilliant look. If you want your lips to have more of a shimmery finish, apply either a clear or lightly tinted gloss to complete the look. If you are unsure about which stain would look good with which lipstick, Lise Watier offers Duo Glam Rouge Infini, a duo product that comes in 16 colours that matches each one up for you.
If you are still looking for something that will stand out even more, you can actually use eye shadow pigments to really bring out your lips. For a really glittery lip, apply your favourite colour of lipstick and then carefully pat a MAC glitter pigment powder over top to exaggerate the colour. If you want to be even more creative for a special night out, you can do a metallic lip by applying a silver lipstick (MAC) and then adding the Steel pigment powder by Gosh overtop.
One last technique you can do that requires a bit more skill is to do a two-toned lip. Pick two complementary colours (or contrasting for extreme drama) and apply the lighter shade all over the lip. Next, take the darker of the two colours and apply it to just the inner portion of the lip. You can use a brush to blend the colours evenly so you can achieve that flawless transition between the two colours.
No matter what look you're going for, it's very important to not skip over the lips as they are like the cherry on top. Whether you are just adding a gloss or are creating a steel finish, the lips are key to bringing out your true beauty.