March 3, 2019 By King
If you found yourself in a situation where you need to rely on a single makeup product, you could skip your entire face and simply swipe on a tube of lipstick and be good to go. First came the traditional creamy tubes and lip gloss, next were the matte sticks, and then matte and gloss merged together in liquid matte formulas—your lipstick could look like anything from a chubby stick to a pot of tint. And as expected, with every new finish and applicator came new techniques for the best ways to use them. So what’s the best way to keep your lipstick, whether it’s a bullet or a tube, from bleeding? How can you avoid eating up your lip colour at lunch? We got two celebrity makeup artists—Arti Nayar, who you’ve often seen work with Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Disha Patani, and Pati Dubroff, Priyanka Chopra’s go-to artist overseas for everything from the Oscars to the Met Gala—to share their top tips on applying, and maintaining, a picture-perfect pout. Here’s what they had to say.
1) First, prep your lips
Both Dubroff and Nayar believe in starting off by priming your lips with lip balm. Dubroff precedes the step with a lip scrub if need be. If you do plan on using a lip scrub, make sure you do so when you cleanse your face so that you can get rid of any sugar or scrub residue at the same time.
2) Trust in the power of a lip liner
While Nayar prefers beginning by using a lip liner all over the pout for a fuller look, Dubroff likes to work a little differently. “After lip balm, I apply lipstick to the centre of the lips straight from the tube, and then press and blot with my fingers,” says the makeup artist who works with international celebrities like Cindy Crawford and Margot Robbie. “Then, I apply a lip pencil in the same colour to fill out edges and help the lipstick stay put. I follow this with another swipe from the tube, and once again press in with my fingertip.”
3) Take steps to make your lipstick last long
“Dab your lips with some setting powder, [taken] on a brush, to make your lipstick last longer,” says Nayar. Also, using a lip liner to fill up your lips can avoid a patchy finish in case some of your lipstick fades. If you’re heading out for a meal while wearing a creamy lipstick, or one that doesn’t have very long staying power, it would be best to skip the burgers and sandwiches section on the menu to avoid the lipstick from transferring onto your food as soon as you take a bite.
4) Don’t fret about drawing on your lipstick perfectly
“I don’t like the edges to look too harsh, so I will buff [the lipstick] with a brush to diffuse the edges. I prefer lipstick that is pressed into lips to look more real. If I’m using lip gloss, I will only apply it in the centre of mouth as to not be too thick,” says Dubroff.
5) When in doubt about using liquid lipstick, start with a small amount
“While there are no rules [to mastering liquid lipstick], I like to start in the centre and then blend out. First start with a little product and then build,” says Nayar. Dubroff agrees and adds, “I apply a coat in the centre, press lips together to get an even base coat, and then finish edges with a matching pencil. Liquid lipsticks need to be used with moderation as they can make a big mess.”
6) In case you mess up, keep calm
It’s common for lipstick application to go wrong, especially when you’re trying on a new product. If you do mess up, “keep a little concealer handy so you can clean up any mistakes—it’s the easiest way to correct bleeding of colour,” says Nayar. Use a lip brush or a Q-tip with your foundation or concealer to work your way around the edges to clean up any excess, split colour.
7) Choose whether you want to use a lip brush or not
Both Nayar and Dubroff don’t stand by a hard-and-fast rulebook about lipstick application. While Nayar believes it depends on your comfort level, Dubroff likes to use it straight from the tube. “The only time I use a brush is when I want to diffuse the edges,” she says.
8) Most importantly, don’t overthink your lipstick
“Have fun playing with textures and colours,” says Dubroff. “Take chances, try bold colours and don’t play it safe,” adds Nayar. While there might be certain undertones that work for specific skin tones, don’t fret from trying a new colour category altogether. You never know what you may find, possibly even a new favourite.