Life can be great when you’re comfortable in your own skin, but it’s better with the right shade of lipstick. Even if you decide to ditch a full-face makeup look, a single swipe of your favourite lipstick is all you’ll need to look your best. Eye-catching reds or classic nudes – whatever your preference, this single product is a real saviour to women everywhere. However, with so many colors and finishes available, choosing the perfect shade that complements your skin tone and enhances your features can be challenging. Moreover, how does one make it last longer? Your picture-perfect pout deserves to last all day and not just a few hours. In this blog, let’s delve into some essential lipstick hacks that every woman needs to know.

  1. Prep your lips for applying your lipstick

Exfoliate your lips if need be! Compared to other parts of the body, dryness on the lips can be more prominent, especially during seasonal changes or due to excessive use of lip products. For a seamless base, it’s essential to maintain proper hydration and moisture in the lips. Try eliminating any dry and flaky skin cells, for starters. Make sure to take out any residue, moisturize your lips with a lip balm, and you’re good to go. We recommend the IKSU Juicy Gossip Lip Balm in the shade Chatty Cherry. This tinted lip balm is enriched with jojoba oil, shea butter & vitamin E – some of the most hydrating ingredients found in beauty products.

  1. Identify your skin tone

Selecting the right shade of lipstick gets easier after you’ve figured out your skin tone. Typically, skin tones can be categorized as warm, cool, or neutral. Warm skin tones have yellow or golden undertones, whereas cool undertones have pink or blueish hues. Neutral undertones are a mix of both warm and cool tones. Identify your skin tone and pick a hue that suits your complexion! Your safest bet is a classic red. This LAKME Cushion Matte Lipstick in the shade Red kiss. Boasting a groundbreaking soft matte formula, this product ensures a comfortable and plush feel on the lips. Including rose oil extracts enriches the product, and the smooth, creamy application enables full coverage in a single stroke.

  1. Consider the natural colour of your lips

Your natural lip color can also help you pick the right shade of lipstick. If you have lighter lips, you may want to choose a more subtle shade or a nude hue. If you have darker lips, you can choose a bolder shade that complements your skin tone. Good thing we’ve got a nude shade recommendation for you. Try the CHAMBOR Le Shine Les Nudes Plumping Effect Lip Gloss in the shade Nude Dimension 210. Crafted by professionals, this lip gloss offers an enduring and vibrant color that appears freshly applied for as long as 20 hours. If lip glosses aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of nude lipsticks available at Lifestyle Stores. 

  1. Lip liners are the way to go

Want to look finer? Use a lip liner. They prevent lipstick from bleeding or looking out of place, giving them a refined look. All you have to remember is to pick a lip liner that’s close to your lipstick shade and your natural lip colour. Create your perfect pout with the SUGAR Lipping On The Edge Lip Liner. The stunning lip liner has a rich, super creamy formulation that ensures it glides smoothly. The best part is it’s smear-proof, water-resistant, has a gel formula, and lasts up to 10 hours.

  1. Use a brush for application

Do you ever apply too much lipstick and then end up smudging it all around your lips? Sounds like a nightmare for some. The only way to avoid this is by using a brush while applying it. This way, you can control the amount of product you’re using and give your lips a defined shape. We recommend using liquid lipstick. These usually come with applicators of their own. The MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick offers an ultra-lightweight solution with a highly pigmented formula. It is designed with a unique arrow applicator to make things easy!

  1. Double your lipstick or lip stain as a blush

It’s the most common hack women use when retouching their makeup or when they simply can’t find a blush. Add some colour to your cheeks, apply a small amount of lipstick to the apples of your cheeks, and blend it out for a natural flush. You can try the MY GLAMM Tint It Up Lip Stain, a multi-use lip and cheek stain that conveniently fits into a purse and is as travel-friendly as ever.

  1. Start in the middle

If you’re one of those people that always manages to overline your lips way too much, then this hack works excellent for you. Start with the middle and slowly work your way to the corners of your lips, just like you would when you colour into something—also, have you ever tried lip crayons? They work well in these situations and are easy to apply. For instance, the LAKME Absolute Plush Matte Lip Crayon in the shade 103 Cherry Pop and MY GLAMM LIT Matte Lip Crayon in the shade Salmon Swing. They both have a smooth glide and make your lips look absolutely stunning. Moreover, the Salmon Swing lip crayon is enriched with moringa oil, vitamin E, castor oil, and petroleum jelly for moisturised, crack-free, luscious lips.

  1. Mattify your glossy lipstick with translucent powder

Can’t find a matte lipstick in a shade you like? Well, you can make your own. Gently dab some translucent powder over your lips after applying lipstick, and voila! However, if you want something already matte, try the IKSU Suede Kiss Creme Matte Lipstick in the shade Haute Hazel comes with an advanced formula. It gives you a bold pigment, suede matte finish, and all-day long-wear comfort. Plus, it’s vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free! 

  1. Highlight your cupid’s bow for extra definition

A lesser-known hack, but important all the same. Define your pout by applying some highlighter to your cupid’s bow. This will make your lipstick shade stand out and give your lips the definition it needs.

  1. Blot your lips to prevent bleeding

Picture this: You’ve put on your favourite lipstick, but you’re always wary of leaving behind a stain on your glass while at a party. An easy hack to avoid that is blotting your lips with a tissue upon application. Apply one layer, blot it, and then repeat the process for a darker shade. You can avoid all this if you invest in a smudge-proof lipstick that stays on for long hours. Most matte lipsticks and lipglosses are smudge-proof, like this NYKAA 8-hour Lasting Full Cover Matte Gloss. It contains vitamin E and offers up to 8+ hours of lasting wear and high-impact color.

With these hacks, you can take your makeup game up a notch! Just make sure to play around with textures and colours, and you’ll find yourself rocking any shade, any time, any day.

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