Penny loved her M.A.C. Chestnut liner too back in the day...but now it only goes with dark lipstick shades and is blended well. There are other shades of medium brown liner (i.e., Cork, Stripdown, Spice, Hover by M.A.C.) that will give you a more updated look if blended well with your lipstick or gloss...look for medium browns or pinkish-browns that can be worn with a variety of colors. This is especially for you ladies who have a hard time letting go...just go a little lighter and blend well. (read full story...)
Don't like the lined look? Use an anti-liner to hold lipstick in place. Brands like Too Faced and Duwop carry "clear" lip liners that simply give a less defined look.
You never want your lips to gain attention for the wrong reasons. Make yours a pretty pout!
- Always apply lip balm or moisturizer to your lips first. Nothing oily or greasy...something that absorbs into the lips quickly. Penny uses Blistex w/ SPF15 for day. Be sure to keep lips moisturized at all times and not dry or chapped (Aquaphor Lip Balm). Blot excess balm off lips before applying lipstick.
- Exfoliate your lips by using your soft tooth brush lightly across the lips; or a damp washcloth, before applying balm.
- If your lipstick tends to bleed into the lines or crevices in the lip, liner is important...but be sure to BLEND. Some cosmetic lines also have a lip primer to help keep lipstick in place (i.e. Urban Decay, MAC, etc).
- Do not over draw your lip line; use soft pencil liners so that they are easy to blend.
- Matte lipstick can make dry lips look drier; or mature lips, older. Mix a little bit of clear gloss with your favorite lip color and apply with a lip brush. Or use satin or cream lipstick formulas if you don't want a glossy look.
Ombre Lips (Two-tone Lips)
Penny thinks this runway look is hot if done right. Definitely not an everyday look but can be very sexy. According to the pros, the key is to use two shades in the same color family.
See InStyle magazine for details:
Be blessed. Be beautiful.