Step 1: Exfoliate your lips. This helps to remove dead skin and is absolutely essential for a smooth lip application. Try the Clarins Paris Lip & Contour Gentle Exfoliator.
*As an at-home remedy, also try using your toothbrush with a bit of Vaseline and sugar. Just gently brush your lips!
Step 2: Moisturize! Cannot say it enough! Use a hydrating rich lip balm to smoothen and plump up lips. This ensures an even application of color. Try the Burt’s Bees Lip Balm or a dab of simple Coconut Oil works wonders.
Step 3: Remove any excess residue from your lip moisturizer by softly blotting with tissue.
Step 4: Apply a thin layer of foundation over the lip as a base. This ensures the true color of the lipstick shows through, and also acts as a base for longevity, bleeding, and also prevents staining.
Step 5. Using a lip-liner of the same color as the lipstick, line the lips on the “natural line.” being careful not to overdraw past this line. Start at the cupids bow and follow the line of your natural lip. Make sure your lip-liner is recently sharpened. Once lined, color in the entire lip with the liner. This creates a dense color, longevity, and opacity.
Consider MAC’s Marilyn Monroe Lip Collection in three shades, Beet, Redd & Cherry
Step 6. Using a lip brush or the lipstick bullet, fill in the lips with your red lipstick. Blot with tissue and reapply the lipstick. Do this 2 or 3 times. This will ensure your lipstick stays on all night with minimal touch ups. It also prevents bleeding and that much hated lipstick smear. Too much product results in a cake-like, goopy mess.
Again, MAC has a great line of Red Lipstick Shades in the Marilyn Monroe Collection! And these lipsticks have stay power!
Step 7. If you are feeling glamorous add on a clear gloss just in the center of the top and bottom lip to add dimension, to make the lips plump, and increase your seduction factor!
Your Makeup Artist,