By BR Tabatha
Liquid lips are here... and unlike Instagram beauty trends, they're here to stay. And thank goodness for that! We love a liquid lip! It's chic. Sophisticated. Fun. Playful. Best of all? A good one means you're not having to worry about the state of your lipstick every fifteen minutes... and touch ups are minimal - perfect for those of us who don't have the time or patience to pull out a compact mirror ten times a day.
Lipsticks of the liquid variety aren't all sunshines and rainbows though - they do require a little bit of prep work and a touch of patience if you want to avoid a hot mess situation.
So what do you need to do to apply a liquid lip with confidence? Read on...
1. Prime your lippy loos! That's right, you want a smooth base before topping your kissers with a product that will show no mercy if your lips aren't in tip-top condition. Pick up a sugar scrub, massage it into your lips, then rinse it off. No scrub? A toothbrush does a great job at smoothing lip skin too!
2. With all those dead cells sloughed away it's time to show some tender loving care - pop a little lip balm on to inject moisture, then go and do something else while the lip balm sinks in. Do the rest of your makeup, fold laundry, bake a batch of bikkies... that part's up to you!
3. With your lips now soft, smooth and moisturised, it's time to apply the liquid lip. How you apply your liquid lip is a matter of preference. I prefer to slick some on the bottom of my lips, mash my lips together, then carefully go around the perimeter of my lips, then touch up any patchy areas - but, you do you! ... And if colouring in the lines isn't your strong point - feel free to etch out your lips with a lip liner first! Whatever works, right?
4. Think you're done? Not quite. Before you skip out the door check your teeth, and if a little liquid lippy's on them, wipe it off.
5. One last tip? If your liquid lipstick leaves you looking like you've spent a week baking in the hot sun, don't be afraid to reach for your trusty lip balm (one with minimal or no oil is good!) and dab dab dab a little on top to plump out those cracked lines.