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How to achieve the perfect lip

How to achieve the perfect lip
Holly James
Beauty Writer3 years ago
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Full, glossy and luscious lips are something that everyone strives to maintain; a sign of youth, a plump pout has the ability to turn back the clock and can complete your whole look. Whether it's for date night, a night with the girls, or to brighten up your office outfit, no look is complete without a touch of your favourite trusty lipstick. We have put together the step by step guide for keeping your lips smooth, hydrated and looking fuller, as well as the best lipsticks to complement every skin tone.

Step 1: Scrub

There is nothing more painful, irritating and less glamorous than chapped lips. Smooth and soften your pout with a nourishing lip scrub to create a hydrated and flake-free base for applying your lipstick to. Hydrating and restoring, a good lip scrub will buff away any dead skin to leave behind a fuller, healthier looking lip perfectly prepped for any gloss or stick. Simply rub the scrub over clean lips in a circular motion and then rinse off with water.

Step 2: Moisturise

Condition and hydrate your lips to keep them rounded and smooth with the indulgent By Terry Baume de Rose.  The velvety textured balm, laced with a subtle Rose scent, contains Shea Butter and antioxidant Vitamin E that softens and moisturises the delicate skin on the lips. The multi-purpose balm can be used over night for a longer, more intense treatment or applied on the go for a natural glossy looking finish that isn't sticky and melts right into the lips to help plump and perfect.

Step 3: Line and define

Add definition and volume to your lips to create the illusion of a plumper looking pout with a lip liner. Opt for a colour one shade darker than your natural lip colour to contour the edges, adding shadow to make your lips look fuller and shaped. Outline all around the outer edges of both your bottom and top lip with your liner to enhance your natural shape. This will also help prevent any lipstick from bleeding once applied.

Step 4: Colour

For an unapologetically bold red, the new, limited-edition YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Lipstick, exclusive to LOOKFANTASTIC, is a luxuriously rich and highly-pigmented Lipstick housed in a leather red python print package. The striking red hues come in a unique square shaped bullet for ultimate precision on application, allowing you to both fill and line your lips with your chosen colour. The new product is formulated for the brand's first leather-matte finish, leaving your lips with s subtle shine.

Available in a range of colours to suit every skin tone, this Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick offers bold, high-impact colour for every occasion. The Gel formula transfers the optimum amount of colour that will cover the lips for up to 6 hours.

If you're looking for an un-matchable glossy shine, the Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish by Revlon is your new handbag staple. The high-shine formula is available in six richly pigmented shades and is non-sticky and non-drying to leave you with a polished pout all day long. The hybrid liquid lipstick and gloss won't fade and glides effortlessly onto the lips with the brush applicator.

Looking for a vibrant burst of colour with intense staying power? Look no further than The Lipstick from Diego Dalla Palma. Boasting a rich, creamy formula packed with Vitamin E and UVA sun filters, this lipstick works to leave your lips feeling soft and ultra-kissable. Apply to the lip in just one slick coat and you'll be left with a smooth finish that requires minimal maintenance.

Can't decide between Lipstick or Gloss? This Ellis Faas Red Set contains three colour-rich, nourishing lipsticks in the sumptuous shade, ‘Ellis Red’ for you to create a bold red lip look:

Creamy Lips: a long-wearing, high-pigmented lipstick with a unique sponge applicator tip, infused with nourishing Vitamin E and Prune Seed Extract to soften and hydrate, whilst saturating lips in sumptuous, kiss-proof colour with a shiny finish.

Milky Lips: enriched with plumping and hydrating ingredients for a full coverage of colour with an ultra-smooth, weightless finish.

Glazed Lips: create a unique glossy look easily with this antioxidant rich, non-sticky formula that comes with a soft sponge for easy application. The formula hydrares, protects and enhances for a long-wearing, shiny and ultra-glamorous finish.

Shop all lip products on LOOKFANTASTIC here.

Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.