You may have already guessed that this article may lean to the slightly biased side of things. You would be correct. I can’t recall when it began, but somewhere along the line I opened my makeup bag and counted 57 lipsticks. I don’t mean to say they are all the same brand, but I lay the blame at the candy coloured tester unit of Electric Lipcolor Lipsticks. Remember those? Ranging from leftover 90’s throwback shades, to obnoxious orange grandma shades. I guess those are the same thing. Spending the next several years in the midst of this love affair, it always puzzled me that Estee Lauder was, until recently, considered a brand for the over 50 set. And the pigments and textures have only improved since. Yes, there are plenty of other lovely lipsticks on the market, and it truly is based on personal preference. You can wax poetic to me about MAC pigment and longevity all you want, but at the end of the day, my lips are still dry and cracked. To each their own.
Moving on! A few things you should know:
1. If you don’t want to use lipliner, you can brush your liquid foundation right over your lips.
2. Don’t want to use lipstick at all? Find a creamy, non-drying lipliner and fill in your lips entirely. Optional: Follow with a little gloss.
3. Curious about lip scrubs? They can be quite the treat, especially when they taste like liquorice, but a toothbrush across your lips gets the job done too.
And last but not least, a tip I mistakenly thought everyone knew, till receiving some scandalized looks in the change room:
4. To avoid lipstick on your teeth, after application stick your finger in your mouth, put your lips around it, and pull your finger out. That sounds dirty even typing it. On its way out, your finger pulls out all the lipstick in the vicinity of your teeth, giving you a flawless smile till your next application.