Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but lipstick runs a close second. It can easily complete a makeup look, an outfit, and even a mood. But a lot of times, a simple lipstick mistake can also ruin a makeup look, outfit, or mood if the wrong shade is applied or the right shade isn’t applied properly. As much as we might want it to be, lipstick is not always that laid-back best friend. It’s usually more of the high-maintenance type. And that’s okay. We just have to remember and accept it for what it is to have the best relationship possible.
But if you find yourself thinking Um, no. Lipstick should totally be a best friend of the laid-back variety, then you just have to keep in mind which ones indeed are. For example, lighter hues closer to your skin tone are lower maintenance because the outline of your lips won’t be as easily discernible, so you won’t have to worry about maintaining crisp edges. Also, if a more neutral color starts to wear off, it won’t appear as patchy as a darker shade would against the natural color of your lips.
The formula of a lipstick also matters. A sheerer, glossier formula will wear off more quickly than a matte formula, requiring more frequent applications. However, a completely matte formula can be drying, and will require more preparation before application. So while applying lipstick might initially seem like a bit of a no-brainer, there is actually some thought that goes into achieving the perfect lipstick application and maintaining it. Regardless of your color or formula preference, here are nine mistakes you might be making and how to fix them, so you can get the most out of your lipstick.
#1. You are not exfoliating.
Lipstick will not apply as smoothly and evenly, nor will it last as long on dry or chapped lips. Prepare your lips for application by exfoliating with a sugar scrub or a toothbrush.
#2. You are Not Hydrating/Priming.
Plump, hydrated lips will help with a smoother application while also making your lipstick more comfortable to wear. If you have a drying formula, it won’t take as much of a toll on your lips if you’re properly prepared, so drink plenty of water (a good life tip in general, TBH) and always start with a primer.