How to achieve the perfect red lip makeup?

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Is there anything more powerful than bold lipstick? It instantly cheers me up and makes me stand up straight. No wonder I chose red lipstick as my blog logo.

Lipstick makes me feel awesome – and I want you to feel that way as well. That is why I wanted to share my tips and tricks to applying lipstick. I used red lipstick as an example, but choose whatever color makes you feel powerful.

Now you don’t have any excuses and you can rock all your bold lipsticks.

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First things first: Get yourself a lip balm, that doesn’t cause addiction

You can’t make any lipstick look pretty, if your lips are dry and cracked.  I have used *Hurraw! lip balms for over four years now, and I swear by them. I use the *moon balm (which is the most hydrating of them all) every night and during the days I apply *vanilla lip balm every now and then. The thing about these lip balms is that they don’t make your lips addicted to them. I can survive a night without. I don’t have the need to reapply every hour. The ingredients in Hurraw! lip balms are awesome and they simply work by keeping your lips nice and hydrated.

How to apply red lipstick

  1. Lining your lips helps to get the shape right and it also prevents the lipstick from getting off-track, in the fine lines. If you struggle with the shape or your lip lines are not that clear, I suggest lining your lips first. You should apply the liner slowly – don’t even try and get it in one swipe.
  2. Start lining your lips on your cupid’s bow. Then make your way into the sides of your upper lip. Always stop and look in the mirror to compare the lines and make your upper lip as symmetrical as possible.
  3. Once your upper lip is lined and you have the shape right, start lining your bottom lip. Start from the middle – it honestly makes it easier to get the shape symmetrical.
  4. Smile while you apply the liner/lipstick. That way you’re stretching your lips a little and it’s easy to get the product in all the gaps. It also helps to see the lipstick in action to see the symmetry better.
  5. Apply the liner right in the lip line, not inside it. The line should touch your skin and your lip at the same time. You’re basically overdrawing a little. Understanding this changed my lipstick game. It sounds such a small thing, but it makes all the difference! It’s always up to you how much you want to overdraw. That said, it’s easier to succeed when you keep it as close to your natural lip shape as possible.
  6. Finally, color your lips with the pencil for extra lasting power, or just apply the lipstick.

Here’s another pictorial on how to apply the lipstick. If the lipstick has a matte consistency that stays in place, you can get away with just the lipstick. And when you’re in a hurry, you’ll probably skik the lip liner (I know I’m guilty of that). For the best result, use a lip liner first.

How to apply lipstick & how to apply lipstick without a lip liner

  1. Start applying the lipstick on your bottom lip. You don’t have to focus on the edges at this point, just make sure to get the lipstick somewhat in place.
  2. Press your lips together. That blends the lipstick on your top lip and makes everything so much easier. Even makeup artists use this trick!
  3. Go over the edges and perfect the lip shape. This is super easy with the YSL Tatouage Couture lipsticks, because the applicator is squared.
  4. Perfect the edges with a tiny amount of concealer on a brush or a Q-tip.

How to avoid getting lipstick in your teeth?

The final step in lip makeup is always making sure you don’t have or end up having lipstick in your teeth. I usually just put my finger in my mouth, press my lips together and pull out my finger. That way the excess lipstick ends up on my finger. It sounds weird, but it works!

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lipsticks

For this post I used YSL lip products. I chose some beautiful red colors that are perfect for Fall – or for any occasion. Yves Saint Laurent makes the prettiest lipsticks. I might not have a YSL bag, but I have their lipsticks, which is almost the same. Or not, but using these makes me feel glamorous nonetheless.

*YSL Lip Liner in Le Rouge

The most beautiful lipliner I own. The shade is a classic red shade, which you can see in the first tutorial. I love that the lip pencil is retractable, so I don’t have to sharpen it.

I also got three YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stains, which I’ve been using nonstop. I usually don’t like matte lipsticks, but these are so lightweight and comfortable on the lips, I could wear them every day. They have a genius applicator, that makes applying the lipstick so easy. The applicator looks weird, but it’s easy to get in the corners of the mouth with it. I got three shades:

*YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in  Crazy Tangerine 2
This is a gorgeous orange red shade. It’s bright, but not too crazy – even if the name suggests that. A beautiful color, that I know I will get a lot of use out of.

*YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in Red Tribe 12
This shade is the perfect plain red. You can’t go wrong with a classic.

*YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in Tatouage Couture 21
I got so many questions about this one, when I was wearing this on my Insta Stories. I love the shade as well. It’s a deep slightly brown red, that is made to be worn in Fall. I’m obsessed with this one at the moment.

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Do you like bold lipsticks?

The best lipstick I’ve ever tried?

jane iredale lipstick review

Even though I try out great new products pretty often, it still always amazes me, when I find a new product that is absolutely great. Like this lipstick – a simple product, but somehow it has all the features I’m looking for in a lipstick.

I got this lipstick as a pr-sample, and the color was chosen for me. I picked up my package and looked at it: it looks like a lipstick. I opened the lipstick, and I looked at the color: well, looks quite ordinary. I quickly read through the info about the lipstick and saw that it retailed here for fifty euros – wow – okay, is it possible for it to be worth the price?

Well, obviously that’s a personal choice, but when it comes to the packaging, the consistency, the color, the longevity, and how it acts on my lips… this lipstick is pretty close to perfect. And I don’t say that lightly. I think a lipstick lover would love this, but I also think this would be a great lipstick for someone, who is not used to wearing lipsticks.

So let me tell you all about it.

jane iredale triple luxe lipstick

 Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick review

The consistency in Jane Iredale’s new Triple Luxe lipstick is very nice. It feels silky smooth when applied, but not too much. Actually, my lips feel like my lips, even after applying this product. And there’s the secret. I can wear it, without feeling like there’s anything on my lips. Better yet, the lipstick wears off very naturally and at the end of the day, my lips don’t feel dry, or as if I was wearing lipstick all day. That’s why I think this lipstick would be great for someone, who’s not used to wearing lipstick. It feels comfortable.

The color payoff in the lipstick is nice. It’s suprisingly pigmented, compared to it’s thin consistency. You can layer it a bit, to get an even more intense color. But personally I’m fine just with one layer and I think the color it gives with one layer is beautiful. The color seems to almost melt to my own lip color and it looks natural.

jane iredale triple luxe lipstick rose

This lipstick is not that long-lasting, but I think it’s not a bad thing. As  I said, the color is nothing too crazy, so it also wears off naturally from your lips. Meaning, you don’t look crazy when it wears off and you forget to fix your lip makeup. (At least with this color that I have.) And it’s also easy to just re-apply. When I’m wearing this, I re-apply it after eating.

When it comes to the packaging, there are no big surprises there – Jane Iredale knows their packaging. The lipstick looks beautiful and luxurious. But there is a small detail in the lipstick, which actually makes it even more luxurious: it has a magnetic closure, so when you close it, it slides effortlessly to it’s place. It’s one of those oddly satisfying things.

The shade I got is Rose, which is actually cool-toned rose color. On me though, it doesn’t look that cool. I’ve recently noticed that about myself: even cool-toned makeup products look quite warm on me. Undertones are tricky! I need to blog about that soon.

I sometimes feel bad for praising a product so much, but I just can’t think of anything negative to say about this, except the price. Which, then again, is kind of justifiable. It is a good lipstick, no way around that.

Triple Luxe Lipstick is available in 15 shades and you can buy it for example on amazon Luxury Beauty (which is an authorised reseller according to Jane Iredale).

the best lipstick

What do you think, is the best lipstick you’ve ever tried?

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