Guide to Choosing the Right Lipstick
Not so very long ago a
lipstick was a lipstick and all we had to decide when buying a new one was
should we try out the latest colours or stick to the colours that we knew
Now we have to decide
if we want a lipstick or a lip gloss. Do we want a long-lasting transfer
resistant or a wet look, high shine lipstick. Or maybe a two step lipstick
would be best and what do we do with a lip pencil?
All very confusing. I
think that you need to match the product to the occasion and decide what you
want your lipstick to do.
Lip glosses have become very trendy in the
last few years and some of the more edgy cosmetic houses like Urban Decay are
moving away from the traditional lipstick and much more into gloss.
There are two types of
lip gloss. The first is usually applied with an applicator wand and has as
dense a colour as a lipstick. When applied it has a very slick, high shine or
frosted appearance with a definite moist look. Bourjois 3 Effet D and Pop Chic
range and the Maybelline Wet Shine and Water Shine range are some of the best around.
Lots of fabulous colours and more staying power than you might think. They really do last very well for such a
The other kind of
lipgloss is just shine, often with a hint of colour or shimmer, and can be used
on its own or over a lipcolour to add extra gloss. They usually come in a tube
with a flat shaped edge for applying the product. Lancôme’s Juicy Tubes are
probably the best of this type with a price tag to match, the favourite colours
are very sought after and hard to find. Max Factor's Max Effect compares well and comes at an
The introduction of
the long-lasting, non transfer lipstick, often referred to as kiss-proof,
offers yet another choice.
These lipsticks really
do stay put all day. They don’t come off on your cup, food, teeth or clothing
and they really are kiss proof. There is a down side to this of course. They
tend to be very dry with a matte finish and can feel uncomfortable on your lips.
L’Oreal Invincible Kiss Proof and Max Factor Stay Put are excellent ranges of
this type of product.
For really luscious,
moist and glossy or frosted lips with intense colour the best choice is a wet
look lipstick and no one does this better than the Maybelline Wet Shine and
Water Shine range. Ironically these products give you truly kissable looking
lips but smudge and transfer very easily, needing to be reapplied regularly.
While the long-lasting lipsticks will stay put but dry, matte lips are not so
inviting are they?
The two step or duo
lipstick was developed to combat this problem. A long-lasting lipstick or gloss
comes together with a top coat of clear gloss, either in a separate wand or a
double ended product. The idea is that you apply the colour just once and keep
reapplying the gloss top coat as it wears off. Max Factor’s Lipfinity comes as
two wands in a box and is probably the best known product of this kind. Of course you can
use any clear gloss in this way over any lipstick and this will often be a more
versatile and cheaper option.
For a very defined lip
area and to prevent lip colour bleeding out of your lips and onto the
surrounding skin you could try a lip pencil. Apply the lip pencil before your
lip colour. You can go slightly outside your lip line to give a fuller look but
be careful not to go too far. Smudge the line inwards towards your lip line as this will avoid the outlined look if your lipstick should wear off. Fill in the lip area with colour using a lip
brush. Choose a lip pencil in a toning shade, as close to your lipstick colour as you can.
Prevent dry and
cracked lips by always using a lip balm when you are not wearing lip stick,
especially at night. Use one with Sun
Protection Factor for outdoors and reapply it constantly.
To make your lipstick last longer use W7 Lip Jacket Lipstick Sealer. Zip and Seal, give your lipstick long lasting colour. W7 Lip Jacket is kissproof and stops lipstick from fading, smudging and lasts for hours.
Apply your lipstick and blot your lips gently with a tissue and repeat if necessary. Brush an even coat of Lip Jacket over your lipstick and past your lipline to seal in the colour. Keep your lips apart and wait for the sealer to dry.
Apply your foundation
over your lips when applying make up. This will give you a great base for your
lipstick helping it to last much longer.
Apply one coat of
lipstick then blot with a tissue before applying another coat. This also makes
it last much longer.
Here at Cosmetics4less we have a huge range of lipstick and lip gloss shade with prices starting at only 99p so you can really afford to experiment with effects.