5 Smudge-Proof Lipstick Tricks

There are a few things that give us the chills when it comes to makeup. Panda eyes are a girls’ worst friend, inverted ‘Nike eyebrows’ always make us squeak and of course, the classic smudged lipstick.

When lipstick goes beyond the lip and starts to make your makeup look less than stellar, it is never a good look. So how do you get rid of this makeup hazard? Simply follow our simple 5 step guide and you will be a-okay fabulous.

1. Prepare your lips
Most of us think this is just something we say to make you think makeup is more than it is. But in reality it is very important. Applying makeup when your lips are dry and chapped is never going to give you that awesome lip that you envisioned when you bought that RiRi Woo. So, instead of just applying and hoping it turns out great; you can bring out the best in it.

Simply use a toothbrush to brush over your lips to get rid of the excess skin on the lips and try a sugar scrub once a week to keep your skin nice and soft.

Tip: Instead of adding “Brush lip with toothbrush” to your to-do list, simply add it to your routine while brushing. This way your lips stay as fresh as your breath.

2. Keep your lips moisturized
We cannot stress how important this is. You cannot in any way have smudge-proof lipstick if you don’t adhere to this rule. Try using a lip balm on days you don’t have colour on. We recommend the EOS Lip balm {It tastes weird, but you will love the results}. This way you are giving your lips a lot of love and attention everyday. And when it is time for the lipstick application, simply blot off the excess lip balm or apply loose powder to your lips so the lipstick has something to grip/ hold on to.

3. Always use the Index Finger trick
This is a very handy trick if you always end up with lipstick stains on your teeth. And it’s very simple. After you have applied your lipstick, take your index finger (or any finger really) and put it in your mouth then wrap your lips around it. Then pull the finger out. Voila! It takes away all the excess lipstick that could stain your teeth later.

4. Blot, blot, blot
This is especially handy when you’ve gotten on the wrong side of the sun, especially with really glossy lipsticks. Simply apply one coat and then place a blotting paper over the coat and apply some loose powder over it. Be sure to use an invisible powder so your lipstick does not look dirty in the process. After this, you can choose to apply another coat for intensity, but remember to blot after wards.

5. Use a lip pencil or concealer
This is a special trick that you definitely need. Now, most gals would rather not use a lip pencil, so we have got the next best thing. Instead of using a lip pencil you can use a concealer and lip brush. Simply apply the lipstick as you wish, then take a little concealer and using the lip brush, trace the corners of your lip. This works the same way as using concealer for your eyebrows. It is meant to clean the edges and helps keep your lipstick from running onto your face.

There you have it. 5 awesomely fab steps that can hep you say goodbye to smudged lipstick permanently. Have some tips I didn’t share? Come on and share them with us.

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How to pick the right lipstick shade for your skin tone.

Lipstick can put the finishing touch on a great makeup application or it can be worn alone to enhance a more natural look. The right lip color can help make you look gorgeous, while the wrong shade can be disastrous. So how do you pick the perfect shade for you?

We’re often told to match lipstick shades with our skin tone (our skin’s surface color) but your skin’s undertones as well as the undertone of a lipstick shade also determines which shades work on you.

How to Determine Your Skin’s Undertone

What’s Your Undertone? Warm or Cool?

Warm skin tones typically have yellow or orange-red undertones. Cool skin tones tend to have pink or red undertones.

In addition to your skin tone and undertone, the right lip shade can also depend on your hair color and clothing, but here are general guidelines for choosing color:

~Light Skin Tone
What Looks Best: Deep plum-reds, berry and wine reds with blue undertones, browns and beige lipsticks with pink undertones, pinks with blue undertones. If you have warm undertones, you’ll look great in cappuccino, caramels, browns with golden or slightly bronze shimmer.

What to Avoid: If you have cool, pink undertones, avoid orange-reds, pale browns with yellow undertones and any shades that might overpower your complexion such as very hot pinks.

~Medium/Light Olive Skin Tone
What Looks Best: Deep reds, blue-reds, deep pinks, brownish reds, caramel, medium brown with yellow or pink undertones and coffee browns.

What to Avoid: Medium tones seem to get away with warm and cool shades.

~Olive Skin Tone
What Looks Best: Deeper shades of browns and reds, dark berries.

What to Avoid: Mauves, pale pinks, orange-reds, pink-reds.
Medium-Brown Skin Tone

What Looks Best: Brown reds, berry pinks, rose, medium plums with yellow undertones.
What to Avoid: Pinks that are too cool or light, pastel shades, orange.

~Dark Skin Tone
What Looks Best: You can get away with darker, deep shades, reds with blue undertones, reddish browns like mahogany, deep plums, wine reds, raisin, coffee brown and deep rose.

What to Avoid: Orange, pinks or pastel shades.

~Trial & Error
Finding the right lipstick shade can take a lot of trial and error. One easy method is to use a tester (using a cotton swab) and swipe the color onto the tips of your fingers. The pads of your fingers will be closer to the lip shade than your hand, and will give you a better idea of how the color will look.
The best way is to test the color on your actual lips. Some companies might actually have mini lipsticks for testing or you can purchase cheap drugstore brands to experiment with colors before purchasing a more expensive and/or better-formulated lip product. Also, remember that price doesn’t necessarily mean a particular lipstick will look great on you or that it is any better than an inexpensive brand.

~Look at Your Natural Lip Color
For nude lipsticks or more natural shades, look at your natural lip color, and choose a color close to the lip color, or a couple of shades deeper or brighter.

Custom-Blending
If a lipstick color doesn’t look good on you, you can always mix it with another lip color. Some of the best-looking lip shades are custom-made by blending two to three different shades.