​Ultimate Guide to Lips

Nothing shouts 'Confidence!' more than wearing a bold lipstick with pride. In just a few swipes, you can feel like a Hollywood movie star, whether you're going for a classic Marilyn Monroe look or a sultry Penelope Cruz.

 

But when a quick glance in the mirror reveals the dreaded lipstick on your teeth or uneven fading, strong lips can feel like too much hassle. Don't give up! You can still rock that lipstick with style.

 

Armed with your favourite lippie, you can learn some prep, application, and touch-up tips to ensure you have the perfect pout all day long.

 

Few other makeup items are as feminine as lipstick. Whether you're flaunting a classic red lip, rocking a '90s-inspired grunge brown, or opting for a subtle nude, lipstick is your key to confidence and feel-good makeup.

 

Women have been painting their lips since Ancient Egyptian times, and whilst lip colour goes up and down in popularity, it always comes back up. Looking back through history, lipstick has always been popular when women have had freedom and deemed controversial during times of oppression. So it's important to wear a strong lip as a badge of courage!

 

Whilst the general concept of lipstick has always stayed the same, improvements in formula, packaging, and ingredients have changed the game a bit. A vast selection of colours, like never seen before, is now available to everyone.

 

 

How do I make thin lips look more full?

 

 

You can find lipsticks in all sorts of formulas and finishes. Whether you prefer a lip cream, a liquid lip, a matte lip, or a sheer lip, the industry is constantly innovating. Let's just say it's a very exciting time to be a makeup-lover!

 

However, with more choices available, there's also more room for mistakes. Luckily, we're here to share our top tips and recommendations to give you that perfect pout all day long.

 

Choosing the right lip colours for your complexion AND your natural lip size and shape is crucial to a flattering look. Lipstick can be used to completely redefine your lips for a bolder pout.

 

If you have thin lips, you can read our guide 'How Do I Make Thin Lips Look Fuller?', which has all our best application tips and tricks to give the illusion of plumper and fuller lips. We've also got a selection of some of our favourite lipstick shades to choose from, whether you want a nude, coral, or light pink.

 

If you have thick lips, you're the envy of many! However, you still need to think carefully about which lipstick shades to go for to flatter your plump lips. Have a read through 'Which Lipstick Shade Should I Use If I Have Thick Lips?' for tips on how to draw the best attention to your lips. You'll also find some shade recommendations that will play up your pout without overwhelming your face.

Even if you're opting for a timeless red, you'll still need to choose your perfect colour from hundreds of shades, as it all depends on your natural complexion and undertones. 'How Do I Choose the Perfect Red Lipstick for My Skin Tone?' walks you through a step-by-step complexion diagnosis to help you find which reds work best with your skin tone. We strongly believe that everyone should have a classic red in her lip colour collection!

Once you've picked out some lipstick shades, you need to find matching lip liners. Lip pencils are great for enhancing definition, making application that little bit easier, boosting your lipstick colour, and ensuring your lip look lasts all day. Lip liners are particularly great for framing bold and bright colours that are prone to bleeding. If you still need more convincing, read 'Do I Really Need to Use a Lip Liner?', which highlights all the benefits of lining your lips.

 

How Do I Create the Ombré Lips Look?

 

There are some questions raised over whether your lip liner has to precisely match your lipstick. It may seem a pain to have to buy a pencil to go with every lipstick. Don't worry; we've got some great tips on how to minimise your lip liner collection, whilst not going mismatched. Find out how in 'Should My Lip Liner Match My Lipstick Shade?'

With your new shade and liner, you're halfway to the perfect pout. You may encounter three common problems when wearing lipstick, and they usually come down to application. You may find that whilst your lips look great, your teeth are smeared in product—not a good look! Avoid any awkward lipstick-on-teeth scenarios by reading 'How Can I Avoid Getting Lipstick on My Teeth?' so you can enjoy a flawless smile alongside your beautiful lips.

 

Do I really need to use a lip liner?

 

Another common problem is lipstick that dries out your lips. Good hydration is key to healthy lips. Unfortunately, some lipsticks have drying properties. Never fear! You can still enjoy your favourite lipstick, no matter how drying, by reading 'How Do I Keep My Lipstick From Drying My Lips?' Here, we discuss how to keep your lips healthy and hydrated both before and after lipstick application.

You may find that your favourite shade of lipstick just doesn't last. Although lipstick formulas vary in longevity, you can take a few steps to make the most out of your colour. 'How Do I Make My Lipstick Last?' breaks down your whole lipstick routine to ensure long-lasting product so you don't have to touch up all the time.

Whilst long-lasting lipstick is ideal, it does require a little extra attention when removing to ensure your lips aren't damaged or dried out. Read 'How Can I Remove My Long-Wearing Lipstick Easily?' to tackle those trickier lipsticks and stains.

 

How do I make my lipstick last?

 

Another common problem is lipstick that dries out your lips. Good hydration is key to healthy lips. Unfortunately, some lipsticks have drying properties. Never fear! You can still enjoy your favourite lipstick, no matter how drying, by reading 'How Do I Keep My Lipstick From Drying My Lips?' Here, we discuss how to keep your lips healthy and hydrated both before and after lipstick application.

You may find that your favourite shade of lipstick just doesn't last. Although lipstick formulas vary in longevity, you can take a few steps to make the most out of your colour. 'How Do I Make My Lipstick Last?' breaks down your whole lipstick routine to ensure long-lasting product so you don't have to touch up all the time.

Whilst long-lasting lipstick is ideal, it does require a little extra attention when removing to ensure your lips aren't damaged or dried out. Read 'How Can I Remove My Long-Wearing Lipstick Easily?' to tackle those trickier lipsticks and stains.

 

Ultimate guide to lips