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11 Styles of Lip Makeup you MUST try this Summer

11 styles of lip makeup you MUST try this summer

Swiping some colour on your pout can uplift your mood and amp up your sexiness. What better time to do it than summers! Soft glowy skin and bright orifices work magic. Summers call for fun colours. Chuck your deep reds, emerald greens, and jewel toned lipsticks and get all bold and beautiful. Corals, bright reds, and pinks are the colours you should go all out on. A basic swipe on is enough most of the times, but there a hundred different ways you can make your lips look so much better than just washed with colour.

Here are a few ingenious ways you can up your lipstick game like a pro:

  1. The Gatsby lips:

  • Start off by applying a lip primer. Is it necessary? Hell yes! A lip primer should especially be used when using dark lipsticks to prevent the lipstick from sinking into the lines.
  • Use a deep wine coloured lip pencil to fill in your lips. (Tip: mark an x at the centre of you upper lips before you start a full-fledged application to achieve a fuller and a neater pout).coloured lip pencil
  • Use a brush to smooth out the wine colour.
  • Swipe on a bright burgundy lip gloss and use the applicator to go over your lips multiple times till the gloss is well filled in the creases. Now get ready to conquer the world!
  1. The Sinful Red Pout:

  • Start off by applying your favorite red lip liner. Remember the ‘x’ rule? Apply that!
  • Next, fill in your entire lips with the same liner and let it sit for a minute.
  • Now place a tissue over your lips, take powder in a blush brush and go over it. This will both set and mattify the colour beautifully on the lips.
  • Swipe on some creamy, red lipstick and you’re done!
  1. The Matte Velvet Red Lips:

  • Start off by applying foundation on your lips. Foundation? Yes you heard it right. Foundation not only helps your lipstick stay longer and better, but gives you a smooth, blank canvas to start with.
  • Outline your lips (go a little out of your natural lip line if your lips are thin) with a bright red lip liner.
  • Now slather on your favourite red lipstick and blot it with a tissue to remove the excess gloss and render the lips smooth and velvety.
  • Next, watch as you grab attention.
  1. Seductively Peachy Lips:

  • First off, apply a primer and let it set for a few seconds.
  • Grab a moisturizing lip balm and go over the primer. Massage your lips a little to smooth out the lips beautifully.
  • Next, dot the entire outer edge of your lips with a concealer and blend it in.
  • Apply a rich coral lip-liner to outline your lips.
  • Apply a deep coral lipstick next.
MAC lip glass

Source: Amazon (Lip Glass)

  • Now go over your entire lips with lip glass and make your pout drool worthy.
  1. The Sparkly Pout:

  • Primer again, will come first for this one.
  • Next off, apply a plumping lip gloss over your lips and let it sit for a minute to work its magic (it helps temporarily plump up your lips).
  • Apply a nice neon shade (whatever you think suits you best) covering your entire lips.
  • Next, mix a little makeup glitter and a transparent gloss.
  • Take a lip brush and smear the glitter on your lips.
  • Take a metallic shade of lipstick in your finger and just gently touch the centre of your lips. (This makes the lips look even fuller)
  • Go flaunt the sparkle.
  1. The Un-Apologetically Sexy Lips:

  • Arm yourself with a flamboyant coral, a bright pink and an orange lipstick to start with.
  • Apply the bright pink lipstick, on the upper lip.
  • Next, apply the orange lipstick on the lower lip.
  • Now take the coral and rub it into the bottom of the upper lip and the top of the upper lip.
  • Take a smudge brush and blend the edges till no visible lines are seen.
  • Go over your lips with touches of gloss (do not rub it in) and you are ready to draw attention.
  1. The Vampy Ombre lips:

  • Use lip tars for this one.
  • The black dahlia will go just to outline the lips. Use a thin edged brush for a neat finish.
  • Layer the outline halfway while halfway into the lip with the psycho lip tar.
  • Next, dab jealous lip gloss at the centre of your pout.
  • Gently blend till there are no harsh lines seen.
  • The beautiful ombre look is easy to flaunt.
  1. The Bitten by Seduction Lips:

  • Use an orange lipstick at the right side of your upper and lower lip. Just go about 1/3rd of the way.
  • Next, use a yellow at the other end. To the left and 1/3rd
  • Now take a bright pink shade and apply in the blank area.
  • Now purse you lips and pout multiple times till the harsh lines are all blended.
  • You are ready for some serious fun!
  1. The Popsicle Stained Lips:

  • Condition your lips well to begin with. Use a lip balm to moisturize and smooth out your orifices.
  • Next, take a small piece of card stock and fold it into half.
  • Now right at the crease of the cardstock, draw a lip that is half as thick as your natural lips using a deep, bright pink shade.
  • Now press the cardstock after placing them between your lips till the pink stain is well placed.
  • Now cover the rest of your lips with a powder pink lipstick and blend the edges a little.
  • Run a little lip gloss over your lips and you’re done!
  1. The Vintage Red Lips:

  • Line your lips with a bright red lip liner.
  • Next fill your entire pout with a matte red lipstick (your lipstick should not have an orange hue).
  • Now take a matte maroon lipstick and dab the Cupid’s bow and the area right opposite it.
  • Take a matte black lipstick and dab the outer edges of your lips towards the left and the right side.
  • Next use a smudge brush to gently blend the whole look.
  • Flutter your lashes as you flaunt vintage sexy lips.
  1. The Flaming Orange Lips:

  • Take a bronze lip liner and outline your lips using the ‘x’ rule.
  • Next, rub the liner into your finger and dab the outer corner of the lips.
  • Now take an outrageously orange lipstick and fill your pout.
  • Blend blend blend and flaunt.

There you go! Achieving gorgeous lips is easier than you think.

Armed with the above tricks and a little of your imagination, you can create a hundred different types of sexy pouts. Go ahead and experiment. Summer is all about having fun.

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7 Types of Lip Balms you absolutely must try this Season

7 types of lip balms you absolutely must try this season!

Your lips are such an important part of your face. Great lips enhance your beauty multi-folds. Therefore it is important to keep them looking plump, well-nourished, and healthy. C’mon you owe that much to the little orifices that are responsible for the best expression of love- kiss.

Unfortunately the skin on your lips do not have any sebaceous glands (that are responsible for keeping the skin moisturized) or melanin (that protects against the harmful rays of sun). Ergo, dry, cold, or very hot climates can lead to dry, cracking, and peeling lips that are painful to touch and not too great to see. What’s more, it even makes your favorite lipstick look (forgive me) hideous.

Fortunately, with a little tender loving care and a dash of lip balm (everyday), your lips can go back to looking gorgeously smooth.

Here are few tips for optimum lip health:

  • When your lips feel dry, avoid licking them. Saliva tends to dry out the skin even more and the chances of the lips cracking, double.
  • Always make sure you remove every trace of lip makeup before going to bed and smear some good lip balm.
  • Exfoliation is the key. Dead skin cells on the lips can give it a dull, lack lustre, and rough finish. Use a good lip scrub regularly to slough away the dead cells and reveal the soft skin underneath.
  • Always stay hydrated. Dehydration will first show on your lips. It’s important to drink water at regular intervals.
  • Eat well. Include omega3 fatty acids and pro-biotic rich food in your diet.

What will a lip balm do?

Lip balms help you turn your scraggly lips, silky. They usually are a blend of skin moisturizers and sealers that protect and nourish your lips to give the dryness the slip. Usually Vitamin E and wax are enough to make a do-good lip balm. But with the advent of a plethora of different types of lip balms with special ingredients that do more than just moisturize, your lips are spoilt for choice.

Which Lip balm to choose then?

Here’s a quick guide on the best types of lip balms available in the market to help you choose what is best for you:

  1. Moisturizing lip balms:

Well, all lip balms are moisturizing but some meant for just that can hydrate the roughest and the driest lips ever. There are a ton of moisturizing lip balms boasting of ingredients such as Shea butter and bees wax to chocolate and essential oils, to hydrate the lip skin from deep down. These are specially formulated for harsh climates and are best suited for people who have very dry lip skin often. Some very good choices are Burt’s Bees’ Ultra Conditioning lip balm and the L’Occitane Ultra-Rich lip balm.

Here’s throwing in a tip for you:

If your lips feel exceptionally dry, scrub them with a baby tooth brush to slough off the dead cells and then slather on a good moisturizing lip balm. Cover your lips with a cling film and leave it on for as long as you can. Remove the cling, blot and reapply the balm for the smoothest lips you felt in a long time.

  1. Medicated lip balms:

    These are formulated for lips that have endured intense damage and are painful. Long spells of illness or sudden exposure to very harsh climates can cause the lips to tear, bleed, and swell and so they need something powerful to restore their glory. Medicated lip balms usually contains menthol, camphor, or phenol to serve as an analgesic to dull the pain. It also contains petrolatum and humectants to help repair the damage.

The Blistex Lip Medex and the Maybelline Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm are wise choices if you are not sure what to buy.

Yet another tip: Damaged lips take time to heal well but to speed up the process, it important to first rid the lips of any germs and dirt and then begin treatment. A great way to do it is to soak the lips in warm milk, and wash after few minutes. Follow it with a medicated lip balm and repeat as often as you can and you’re sorted.

  1. All natural lip balms:

    Natural lip balms are made from natural ingredients with less or no chemicals in them. Aside from being better for your skin (especially if you have sensitive lips), these lip balms smell delicious (nothing can beat nature!). They are usually made from oil of fruits and nuts that are buttered up and blended with beeswax (also natural). Herbs, milk, vanillin, and exotic essential oils are sometimes thrown in for added effectiveness and better smell. These lip balms are best suited for people who wish not to harm their lip skins with petroleum jelly and parabens. For those of you who wish to have lips smell so delicious you could eat them, pick these. The Alba Botanica Terratints’ Bloom Lip Balm and the Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm are great options if strong smell isn’t for you. Else you can try the Grown Alchemist Lip Balm in Watermelon or the Hurraw Grapefruit Lip Balm.

  2. Tinted Lip Balm:

Tinted lip balms are probably one of the best inventions. Hydrating your lips and giving it a wash of your favorite color together, is almost perfect. These lip balms make your lips feel silky smooth for hours while adding a pop of color to your lips making them look visually more appealing. It’s for all seasons and suited to all. Tinted lip balms contain ingredients that moisturize and protect your lips and contain pigments that help color them. Go grab your tinted lip conditioner. It’s an absolute must have. Some delightful options are Benefit cosmetics’ Bene Balm and Clinique’s classic Chubby Sticks

Tip: Take a break from your favorite lipstick and condition your lips with moisturizing layers of sheer color and watch them regain their health.

  1. Organic Lip balms:

    Organic lip balms go a step ahead of natural lip balms. These do not contain any chemicals, parabens, or artificial fragrances. Also, all the ingredients that go into making this pout perfecter are sourced organically. Needless to say you can apply these as often as you can without the guilt of harming your skin in anyway. These lip balms can also be used by kids! They smell beautifully fresh and often last lesser than their chemical rich counterparts. You must invest in these. Try the Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm or the Yes to Carrots Lip butter and know why we cannot stop gushing about them.

  2. SPF Lip balms:

    Summer is almost here and the season spells fun, cheer, and bliss. The sun beating down however, can cause your lips to dehydrate, discolour, and render them rough. Fortunately come geniuses got together all the ingredients that go in making a good lip balm and mixed it with a magic sunscreen potion. Boom! Now you have Lip balms that offer protection against UVA and UVB rays! Slather some and soak in the sun without a care. The SuperGoop Lip Balm SPF 30 and Nivea Sun Protect SPF 30 are wonderful options for blazing heat.

  3. Homemade lip balms:

    These are those tried and tested recipes handed over to generations by the old and wise and nothing quite beats the effectiveness of these. However, these don’t usually last beyond a day or two so you might have to make them repeatedly. Coconut oil, petroleum jelly, cream and Shea butter are some of the widely used ingredients in these recipes.

There you go! Armed with all the information, make a wise decision and pick what suits you most?

Remember healthy lips are beautiful lips.

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13 genius ideas for bigger and fuller lips that you should try!

13 Genius ideas for bigger and fuller lips that you should try!

Lips are such a defining part of your face. The appearance of your lips can make or break your look. While we aren’t saying that thin lips look bad, plump & luscious lips are a big turn on. Many a woman has envied Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian secretly wishing they could even remotely sport lips like those. If you have always believed that pulling off an Angelina Jolie will require you to take painful injections and itchy products you are wrong! You can achieve bee stung lips (and make lips appear bigger) with ease using a few tips and makeup tricks.

Here’s are 13 Ingenious tips for fuller lips:

Tip #1 – Exfoliating is the key to a million problems:

You have heard time and again that exfoliating your skin makes it healthier and dewier. Well turns out your lips don’t have to be ignored during this beauty ritual. Exfoliating your lips will remove the flakes (that do little to reflect light) and rev up blood circulation. Exfoliate with a mixture of sugar granules and olive oil or simple use a baby toothbrush and gently scrub away the dead cells from your precious pout. You can also use the handmade lips exfoliator by the soap exchange alternatively to cut the effort. Have fuller lips naturally. What’s more, smoother lips will make your lipstick stick around for longer and appear better too.

Tip# 2 – Dark isn’t for you:

Dark deep shades of lipsticks make your lips look smaller and more flat. Lighter shades of lipsticks (those peaches and pinks that you adored in your teens) with a shiny finish will reflect more light and create the illusion of fuller lips.  The lighter shades of the butter shine range by Clinique are highly recommended.

Tip#3 – Draw ‘’away’:

Yes! When applying your lip liner, make sure you choose a shade that is closest to the shade of your lipstick and then trace slightly outside your natural lip line. You can even apply a concealer on your natural lip line to hide it before doing this for an even bolder look. Fill your entire lips with the liner and then swipe on some lipstick. Voila!

Tip #4- Create a 3d illusion:

cupids bow lips

Source: Pinterest

Want the effect of a lip plumper without actually using one? Start off by using an illuminizer or a white eye liner on the ‘M’ shape right on top of your upper lip (also called the Cupid’s bow). Next, use a brown eyeliner beneath your lower lip line and blend well. This creates the illusion of a shadow and makes your lips pop. The NYX mechanical liner does a great job.  You’re welcome.

Tip # 5 – Use a foundation as a canvas:

Moisturize your lips and follow it up with a generous coat of foundation. Now draw a lip liner on the outline of your lips and smudge the rough edges. Apply a coat of lipstick and then wait for it to set. Follow it up with a high shine gloss and you might just be smog ready.

Tip #6 – Centre shine:

Did you know a little extra shine on the middle of your lips can make your pout look fuller? Yes! After you are done applying lipstick, pick a metallic shade, a highlighter such as the M.A.C mineralize skinfinish or a shiny gloss and dab it onto the middle of both your lips. The product will help reflect light and give you the much needed pop.

Tip # 7 – Give you cupid’s bow some attention:

Use a lip liner that is 2 shades darker than your au naturel lips to over line your cupid’s bow. Next, neatly taper the line as you move toward lip line. Now smooth over some lipstick and you will notice how it makes your lips look fuller and better.

Tip # 8 – Use a cardinal rule:

When applying lipstick, always start off by drawing an x in the centre of your top lip. This will not only make your lip line look more defined but also make your lips look all chiselled and proper (read full). Who said fuller lips require great effort.

Tip # 9 – Add drama to your pout and make lips appear bigger

Start off by applying a matte lipstick (preferably in bold colours) to hide your natural lip line.

If you don’t have a matte lipstick here are a few quick tips for you:

  • Dab some translucent powder on your lipstick with your finger and voila! (This lipstick also prevents the colour from smudging and bleeding.
  • If that seems risky, hold a single ply tissue paper against your lips and then brush on some skin coloured powder on it. Uncover and see magic.
  • You can even blot your lipstick by snogging against a kitchen towel.

Once you have your matte lips ready, layer it with another coat of lipstick and repeat the steps. Next, apply a generous amount of high definition gloss and see your lips exude volume and beauty.

Tip #10 – Mint it:

It is believed that mint helps ‘plump’ your skin temporarily. Invest in those tingly lip balms and glosses and enjoy the refreshing feeling while it does its work to achieve fuller lips.  You can go for the Bigelow Mentha lip shine by Bath and Body works.

Tip #11 – Two shades of lips:

Use lipsticks of two shades of the same colour (you wanna make sure the shades are not too far apart to make lips bigger. Start off by applying the darker shade in the middle area of both your lips and follow it up with the lighter shade on the outer rim. This does take a little practice but it is totally worth it.  This creates the illusion of a ‘popped’ pout and it will make you look totally kiss ready!

Tip #12 – Cinnamon to the rescue:

Cinnamon is your very own natural lip plumper Cinnamon is said to have properties that help stimulate your lips and make them look fuller and more luscious. Use honey and cinnamon to massage over your lips before applying your makeup. This will exfoliate your lips and plump it up making your lipstick application smooth.

Tip # 13 – Use the good ol’ Vaseline:

Vaseline can act as your best lip plumper. A quick dab of Vaseline could do wonders to the appearance of your lips. Apply your lipstick and then give it a swipe of the petroleum jelly. It will render shine, reflect light and make your lips look luscious. Alternatively you can even mix your highlighter powder with Vaseline and dab it on your mid lips for a more puckered look. Choose a metallic coloured highlighter to add more drama.

There you go. Pull of a Brigitte Bardot or a Rihanna without going under the needle or inflicting pain on your poor orifices.

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