6 lipstick mistakes you didn't know you were making (and how to fix them!)

Makeup tips: 6 lipstick mistakes you didn't know you were making (and how to fix them!)

by Paige Exell -

Lipstick takes the number one spot on our list of beauty products we would need if we were stranded on a desert island (besides sunscreen, of course). It has the power to immediately brighten up your face with colour, it's small enough to be transported just about anywhere, comes in a variety of colours, and it's one of the easiest beauty products to use – or is it?

While lipstick may seem like an effortless, one-swipe and it's on sort-of product, the simplistic nature of the tube can often be misunderstood. Runny lipstick and stained teeth are only a few examples of the ways that this application process can go wrong.

Since lipstick allows us to portray a number of different personalities, from vampy and mysterious to feminine and and youthful, making it pretty much the most important product out there, we thought a little lipstick 101 should be in order.

Find out how to fix your most basic lipstick mistakes to achieve flawless coverage every time (see you later, lipstick-stained teeth!)

MISTAKE:

YOU HAVE RUNNY LIPSTICK

THE FIX:

When it comes to running lipstick, translucent powder is a girl's best friend. Dust a small bit of powder (in your skin tone), just over your Cupid's bow and on your chin. This will keep your colour from straying from your lips throughout the day.

MISTAKE:

YOU'RE STICKING TO ONE COAT

THE FIX:

Yes, we may think of lipstick as the product that requires the most minimal effort, but sticking to just one swipe won't last you very long. When you're in need of extra staying power, layer your lipstick a couple of times to make it last (Marilyn Monroe even used this trick, so we know it works!). Apply your first coat of lipstick, then use tissue paper to gently blot your lips. Dust on a bit of translucent powder with your finger, and repeat this with three to four more coats of lipstick.

MISTAKE:

YOU'RE GETTING SMUDGES ON YOUR TEETH

THE FIX:

When we end up with lipstick on our teeth, it's usually at the worst of moments – like first dates, job interviews, or other pivotal life moments. This makeup faux pas is often due to dry teeth or a dry mouth, but can also happen when you apply pigment too close to the inner rim of your lip. To avoid ever dealing with this problem again, simply wet a cotton swab with your tongue, and then pull it straight out of your mouth. Your signature red lipstick will end up on the swab, rather than on your teeth.

MISTAKE:

YOU'RE OVER-LINING

THE FIX:

While celebs like Kylie Jenner have made over-lining your lips a way to ensure large, voluptuous lips, us (normal) humans don't always get it right. To achieve fuller lips in a more natural-looking way, densely apply liner just on your lips in the centre of your mouth, and finish with your favourite shade of lipstick.

MISTAKE:

YOU'RE NOT EXFOLIATING YOUR LIPS

THE FIX:

Like the rest of your face, your lips need a little exfoliation from time to time, too! Otherwise, dead skin will build up and your lipstick will end up an uneven heap of pigment. Make your own lip scrub using sugar and honey (or go out and buy a sugar scrub, if you please), to exfoliate your lips and rid of any dead skin cells. If you're running short on time, simply run a toothbrush or damp washcloth over your lips until they're smooth.

MISTAKE:

YOU'RE NEGLECTING YOUR BALM

THE FIX:

While we all love a good lipstick; we often forget about its loyal BFF – lip balm. While lipstick provides us with a hint of colour, lip balm is necessary for moisturizing our lips and keeping them hydrated (especially during the dry winter months). Apply a dab of balm in the middle of your lips to reinvigorate matte or long-wear lipstick formulas. A boost of moisture will also make your lips appear instantly fuller. Opt for a lip balm with SPF to prevent sunburnt, dry lips when heading outside during the hot, summer months!

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