How to Apply Lipstick
Check your symmetry
Like the ‘how to do your eyebrows’ section, one must first analyse the lips.
– Use a pencil or other linear tool and lay it straight in the middle against your mouth. This helps to analyze it and see which side is higher than the other.
Now you know the symmetry of your mouth, you can judge where you might have to go a little higher with the lipstick/lipliner to make the lips look more symmetrical.
The below diagrams show simple laid-out directions to achieve this;
Application of the lipliner
Start with your cupid bow or ‘turbucle’. This is the v formation on the middle of the top lip. Drawing it on with a lipliner makes it more pronounced. Find the middle point and pull the lipliner from there to the top of the sides of the ‘v’ shape. It is easier to draw the lipliner towards the ends of the v rather than towards the middle point. Once this is accomplished you have created your cupid bow.
Next: Although the arrows point downward in the picture, it is actually easier to pull from the bottom and upward. When doing so, the lip line will automatically work with you.
Once you have completed the top line, finish the bottom one. The reason behind doing the bottom line last is to avoid smudging it when applying the the top line.
If you have gone out of the line, do not remove the entire lip instantly but instead use a foundation type brush (either clean or with a little foundation or concealer) and go over the ‘mistake’.
Once the outline of your lips have been drawn it should make it easier to apply the lipstick of your choice. Do not despair. Many makeup artist have found it difficult to achieve this fluently in a short of amount of time. Practice is key.