Applying lipstick seems like such a simple task—how much harder could it be than applying mascara? While the process of putting on a coat of lip colour might seem fairly easy, there’s actually more steps involved than people think. Read on to learn some of the most common lipstick blunders, and how to avoid making them!
Forgetting to Exfoliate
Individuals enrolled in esthetics courses understand the importance of exfoliating the lips before applying lipstick or gloss. If lips are chapped or dry it will be nearly impossible to apply a smooth even coat of lasting lip colour. Try exfoliating lips using a sugar scrub or a toothbrush before adding that pop of colour.
Using the Wrong Shade
Choosing a shade of lipstick that will match the skin’s colour and undertones can be a challenge indeed. In fact, many women don’t realize that the shades they’re selecting are wrong for their skin tone. Since every shade of lipstick has its own undertones, it’s important to match these with the undertones that are found in the skin. Check out our earlier blog post for a quick guide to choosing the perfect lip colour.
Wearing Too Much Lip Gloss
Graduates of esthetics schools meet many clients who mistake the purpose of lip gloss. Most women think that lip gloss should be applied on the entire surface of the lips, but this is actually incorrect. Estheticians normally advise their clients to dab a small amount of lip gloss directly on the center of the lips. This will enhance their natural shape and add a little bit of shine.
Not Setting the Colour
This is one step to applying lipstick that nearly everyone forgets (or is unaware of). It’s important to set the lips in order to get the most out of any lipstick. While one very quick way of setting lip colour is to simply blot the lips and press the colour into them, estheticians know that the best method is to hold a single ply of tissue over the lips and then dust a setting powder on top.
Using the Wrong Lipstick for Lip Shape
While darker shades of lipstick tend to make the lips appear smaller and thinner, lighter shades make them look much fuller. Some women are unaware of this and they sometimes use the wrong shade of lipstick for the shape of their lips. Before selecting a lip colour, it’s important to properly assess whether the lips require plumping or thinning, and to choose a colour accordingly.
Skipping the Lip Liner
Esthetics college graduates know that lip liner generally has two functions—to line the lips, or to fill them in for lasting lip colour. When it is used to line the lips it works to keep the lipstick from bleeding. Additionally, since lip liner typically has a much drier texture than lipstick, when it is applied to the entire surface of the lips, it tends to act as a sort of adhesive for which the lipstick can stick to. Lip liner is usually a step that is forgotten or dropped during most morning makeup rituals, but estheticians always advise their clients to use it before applying lipstick.
What lipstick tricks and trends are you excited to try in esthetics college?