It’s one thing to muster up the courage to swipe on a bold lipstick shade; it also requires skill to get right (feathered, clown-like lippie is a major dampener on anyone’s confidence). British makeup artist and founder of her own cosmetics line, Charlotte Tilbury shares her expert tips to create the perfect pout.
Highlighting your lips as a feature creates maximum impact with minimal effort. If you prefer a matte lipstick, exfoliate lips with a scrub and apply a hydrating balm to ensure a smoother finish. Matte formulas tend to highlight imperfections, so a buffed, hydrated lip is the ideal canvas. Our product picks: Lush Lip Scrub and Lanolips Tinted Balm.
Applying foundation or a concealer on lips prior to any product sets the base for longer-lasting lipstick and stops colour from bleeding onto skin. Always remember to blot lips on a tissue to remove excess product and prevent lipstick from marking your teeth.
Follow the lines
Lip liners stop lipstick from bleeding into fine lines as well as create the base for a full, defined pout. “By tracing the natural outline of your lips, you can completely reshape and resize the Cupid’s bow and any asymmetrical differences,” Tilbury says. Try a neutral shade that will mimic and enhance the natural hue of your lips. We like Natio Long Lasting Lip Liner in Lotus.
You decide: Matte vs gloss
“A matte colour looks modern and fresh, while a gorgeous glossy finish looks seductive and sexy,” Tilbury says. A cream-based formula or gloss can be more flattering and forgiving, delivering longer hydration. Gloss products are great for mature lips, as light catches on shine, creating the illusion of a full, plump pout. For a matte pop, try the richly pigmented L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paint in King Pink; for a high-shine gloss that packs a punch, we love Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Red Vixen.
Get it on
Both matte and gloss lipsticks can be applied in the same way. “For a softer, more natural finish, apply the lipstick with your finger and tap onto the lips for a plumped, sumptuous look,” Tilbury advises. If you’re pushed for time, try a tapered lipstick for easy application straight from the bullet anywhere, any time. We like Lancôme Absolu Rouge Matte Lipstick in 379. Gloss lipsticks often come with an in-built brush or wand, perfect for fuss-free applications on the go.
Prefer a pared-back lip look? Follow this expert advice for finding your perfect shade of nude lipstick.
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Adriana has been writing about the beauty world for more than 15 fun-filled years and has a real passion for helping women navigate gracefully through those tricky 45+ years.