Make your makeup look better with these 5 techniques for applying lip color, because sometimes a fabulous lip and a little concealer is all you need.
- Exfoliate and Prep - Especially in the winter, dry lips are prone to flaking and cracking, which make lipstick look bad. Before hopping in the shower gently exfoliate lips using a soft toothbrush or washcloth to scrub off flakes. Then slather on a rich lip balm and let it sink in while you shower to lock in hydration.
- Cover with Color - A great pro tip for longer lasting lipstick is to cover lips with foundation or concealer. While applying your foundation, simply swipe over lips. The product acts as a primer and helps keep color from sinking into lips. It also help neutralize your natural lip color, so the color applied looks more true to what you see in the tube.
- Fill in with pencil - Lip liners have gotten a bad rep, but they can be a lifesaver when it comes to all day color. Pick a pencil liner in the same shade (or as close as possible) and line lips. After lining the outside, use the same pencil to fill in your entire lip area before topping with color. Make sure your pencil is creamy and sharpened for the best results.
- Blot and Powder - Another trick for getting lipstick or stain to last longer is to use a tissue. Apply lipstick, then hold up a tissue over lips and gently stamp on your lips over the tissue with a buffing brush full of powder. Remove and reapply lip color, then repeat. Do this 2-3 times.
- Paint with a Brush - Why use a lip brush? It gives you more precise lines and a smoother application of color. The long handle means more control whil the tapered bristles provide precision. Apply your base coat on top of your liner with a painted on layer with a lip brush. Pro Tip: Us the very tip top of the brush to smooth out lines near the liner for feather-resistant results.
Photo from Byrdie.
The classic go to hair technique of your youth is making a resurgence on the heads of runway models, celebrities, and everyday women: Braids! They’re not traditional, but rather twisted, asymmetrical, and crowned to give your hair a unique look.
Start your look by brushing through damp hair with a smoothing detangler hair brush until it starts to dry, then blow-dry if desired. Hair already dry? Spritz in some dry shampoo to soak up oil and run a sleek + shine finishing hair brush through your strands. Then pick your favorite braid and get styling. Here are some styles to try:
- Twisted Headband - MSN Beauty walks you through this great look. Create a center part and put hair in low pig tales. Divide each section in two, twisting them around each other and tying with an elastic, then pull it across over the top of your head and secure behind your ear like a crown. Repeat on the opposite side. Complete the look by creating mini twists in each pigtail, like cornrows, securing with small elastics at the ends. See the look here.
- Braided Bun - For an easy to achieve take on the ballerina bun, gather hair into a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Create a traditional braid with the strands, then loop the braid around itself until it forms a bun and secure with hairpins. See a photo for inspiration here.
- Single Plait - Another MSN Beauty look to steal, get one sided by parting hair on one side and gathering a thin section along the hairline from the heavier side. Split it in two and start twisting the pieces around each other, adding in a piece of hair from the top every other time, like you would a French braid. Keep twisting until you reach just past your ear, then secure with a bobby pin. See the look here.
- Messy Back Braid - For casual elegance, don’t be afraid to let wispy stands flyaway. Center part your hair and create two French braids starting at the temples and wrap with hair elastics at the ends. Rough up the braids by gently pulling them to loosen the braid, then pin each side up around the nape of your neck, tucking the tails under with bobbi pins. See the runway version here.
Photos from MSN and Pop Sugar
Bold, statement eyebrows have been trending in the beauty world for multiple seasons and they’re not going away anytime soon. Much to your tweezers’ dismay, bold brows walked down the runway yet again at Fall Fashion Week 2014. If you haven’t tried the trend, or need some new techniques, check out these tricks:
- Shape and Comb
A well-groomed brow has the power to frame and transform your face. Have your brows shaped by a pro if you’re not in love with your shape and then resist the urge to over pluck. Use a brow groomer everyday to keep brows healthy and prepped for filling in.
- Use Two Tools
Instead of just using one type of makeup on your brows, try two: a pencil and a powder. Use the pencil for the perimeter and the shadow to shade. The Beauty Department suggests your shadow be a warm shade and your pencil be a cool shade as, “just like a painting, it adds dimensions when you mix mediums and tones and gives a much richer result.”
- Wet the Brush
If you don’t want to mess with gels, powders, AND pencils, try using a powder with a wet brush. Dampen your angled eye liner brush (available in this brush set) before dipping it in a matte shadow that matches your brow color and swiping on. This will give you a retro inspired bold brow. Smooth out any uneven spots with a cotton swab.
- Brush Color Carefully
Make sure you’re brushing brow color on your brow hairs not onto skin. A mistake women make is pressing too hard on brushes and pencils and adhering color to skin, which makes brows look fake. Use a light touch, and always brush in the direction of the hair’s growth.
Photos from Fashionising.com and Glamour.com