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