How to pull off liq­uid lip­stick (with­out mak­ing a mess)

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They are beloved by those par­tial to a matte fin­ish, and now liq­uid lip­sticks are read­ily avail­able in a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes to suit ev­ery look. For­mu­las have also im­proved, so that whether you pre­fer a matte, lac­quered or barely there ef­fect, you won’t have to com­pro­mise on com­fort or wear.

To en­sure a smooth base, use a lip ex­fo­lia­tor to gen­tly pol­ish off dead skin. Then “ap­ply lip balm as a mois­tur­is­ing base, and use a tis­sue to blot off ex­cess mois­ture and con­trol shine”, sug­gests Bobbi Brown di­rec­tor of global artistry Marc Rea­gan. Now you’re ready to colour.

When work­ing with the doe-foot lip­stick ap­pli­ca­tor, use the tip of the wand to de­fine the outer line of the lips and help give a fuller shape, then switch to the flat sides to fill in the rest of the lip. “If you want ex­tra pre­ci­sion, ap­ply lip­stick with a lip brush,” says Rea­gan. “And if you’re us­ing a matte liq­uid lip­stick, li­pliner and a lit­tle con­cealer along the outer edges help cre­ate clean lines.”

When it comes to reap­pli­ca­tion, shiny liq­uid lip­sticks can be lay­ered, while matte for­mu­las might first need a layer of lip balm to re­mois­turise. For re­moval, Rea­gan rec­om­mends a long-wear make-up re­mover that’s safe enough for the eyes. “Don’t for­get to con­di­tion your lips so that they don’t peel or feel dry through­out the night,” he adds. Ever won­dered how celebri­ties like Emma Stone pull off dra­matic hair colour changes with­out it all fall­ing out? Ac­cord­ing to Stone’s colourist Tracey Cun­ning­ham, it’s Olaplex. De­signed to be used be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter colour­ing, the in-salon and at-home range works by min­imis­ing the break­age and re­pair­ing the dam­age as­so­ci­ated with chem­i­cal pro­cess­ing – namely the de­struc­tion of the ker­atin protein bonds within the hair’s cor­tex that keep strands strong. The pro­fes­sional com­po­nents com­prise a for­mula that can be ap­plied to the hair pre-colour or added to the dye, and a post-colour­ing con­di­tion­ing treat­ment. At home there’s a weekly treat­ment and the just-launched sham­poo and con­di­tioner, which help re­store in­ter­nal strength and mois­ture for shinier hair and vi­brant, longer-last­ing colour. And be­cause ther­mal and me­chan­i­cal fric­tion can also break hair bonds, it’s ideal for hot-tool ad­dicts too.

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