Probably the single most common reader request I get is for a tutorial on how I do my signature nighttime lip look. I actually started this tutorial for ages ago, but since tutorials are much more time-consuming than outfit posts (and this isn’t really a makeup blog per se, although the topic is somewhat relevant) I never felt inspired to finish it. Until I decided to do a makeup monthly theme so everyone could join in the fun!
Everything I use for this look is pictured above. From top to bottom:
Burt’s Bees lip balm
Du Wop Reverse Lip Liner
Eyeliner Pencil in Black (I like any brand that is self-sharpening)
Lipstick – Any shade of red or purple
Lip Gloss in a coordinating shade
Cotton swab for cleanup
First, I moisturize my lips with lip balm so everything won’t end up chunky in an hour. :) Next, apply the reverse lip liner around the OUTSIDE edge of my lips. I highly recommend this stuff for any lip look, as it all but eliminates bleeding lipstick or lip gloss. It takes just a thin coat of this invisible wonder. I pat a tiny bit of powder foundation over the reverse liner to give it extra staying power, and to ensure that it can’t be seen at all.
For the outline, I use a black self-sharpening eyeliner pencil. I start by lining outside of my natural lip line, although you could keep inside your lip line if you prefer. I think black makes lips look smaller, so I prefer to bulk my lips up and add to the drama. I clean up any imperfections in the outline with a pointed cotton swab.
Once I have perfected the new outside shape, I line again just inside the lip line with black, then fill in between so I have one thick black line.
Now I apply my lipstick inside the black.
Once the lipstick is done, I blot and then go back with a bit more black liner to blend everything together. A lip brush is useful here, to ensure a smooth blend. Once I have perfected the gradient, I add a final coat of lipstick, followed by a thin layer of gloss to make it all shine. You don’t want it to be too glossy, or the gradient will smear too easily.
Want to participate in this month’s theme?
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