The Color of My Lips
“You can’t keep changing men so you settle for changing your lipstick” – Heather Locklear, actress
The common ingredients that help create lipsticks
Waxes – (ex. beeswax, paraffin and carnauba wax) to help shape the lipstick.
Oils – (ex. olive oil, lanolin oil, castor oil etc) to help with the texture of the lipstick
Emollients – Help to moisturize the lips (ex. containing vitamin E)
Pigments – (ex. combinations of plant, animal, mineral or synthetic ingredients) to create the color of the lipstick.
Preservatives (ex. isoprophyl) which help it from going off, and fragrance ingredients are also often predominant in the modern lipsticks.
Types of Lipsticks
As history can prove, makeup is recession proof and that is down to particularly lipsticks. It accentuates the mouth while giving that extra confidence that a girl just needs once in a while. Below are the different types of lipsticks to suit any situation or style.
The ‘classic’ is the type of lipstick that is neither too shiny or matte. The shade of lipstick color is what makes the statement not the texture.
This is for when you want your lips to stand out even more, using a bit of shine that reflects the light.
It is easier to wear strong eye makeup and or strong colored lipstick when opting for the matte look. Be aware of ensuring your lips are exfoliated and moisturized (if need be plumped) to handle matte lipstick. Chapped lips will only stand out more so with this lipstick type.
Glossy lips did not come into fashion until the late 1970’s (before then vaseline was used to give shine) and it is still popular to this day. It reflects the light and pumps up the lips to appear larger – who would say no to big lips?
Can’t see it? That was the original point. This moisturizing lip conditioner started off as invincible but now can come in various shades. Be aware – do not use it too often, it can easily become addictive and will only become a pointless expense.
There are now lipsticks that do not give a full coverage appearance but rather just a tint. Great for adding color to the lips but wanting a more subtle look. Ran out? – Apply a darker shade of lipstick and dab off with a tissue mainly on the outer circumference of the mouth. See below.
Just like a lipstick can act as blusher, so can cream blusher as lipstick. For extra pigment you can add pigment pressed on top of your lipstick. And as seen in above picture you can use your foundation or concealer as a nude color.Be Aware – Do not use a lipliner as an eyeliner could irritate the eyes especially if used on someone else before.
AIM: Keep a selection at hand for the different looks you plan to create.