• Lip Care 101: Here’s How You Do It

    Pucker up, Princess!

    Happy New York Fashion Week, LoDown fam! As we transition more into the fall season, I thought I’d share with you my top secret lip routine.

    If you asked me what I hate most in the world, I’d definitely say chapped lips.

    I mean, y’all know I have an unhealthy obsession with lip balm. If you don’t, I highly suggest you read, Things That Happen When You Moisturize. Ya gurl can’t stand flaky skin, okay?

    So yea, here’s how I take care of lips–my super softsuper smooth, lipstick-hugging lips.

    If you wear lip products like glosses, stains, or lipsticks, it is super important to fully remove them at the end of the day. I love Bite Beauty’s Lush Lip Wipes because they do the trick both quickly and efficiently. Enriched with melon fruit extract, the wipes leave your lips hydrated and smelling so good. For tougher, harder-to-remove lip products like liquid lipsticks and lip stains, I usually opt for the NYX Be Gone! Lip Color Remover. Simply squeeze some onto your lips and wipe away!

    Scrub-a-dub-dub time! Exfoliating is essential in your lip routine because you want to get rid of all the dead skin. I exfoliate at least two times a week or right before applying liquid lipstick. My Lip Scrub Award goes out to Fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish, Jeffree Star’s Velour Lip Scrub (Mojito), and Tarte’s Maracuja Lip Exfoliant. Thank you for being the real MVPs!

    And now the most basic BUT essential step, moisturizing! In the morning and throughout the day, I like to use tinted lip balm for a pop of color because it makes my lips look healthier. The Chapstick Classics (total throwback), Dinoplatz Lip Balm (smells amazing), and Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment (contains SPF) are some of my favorites for daytime. In the evening, I tend to use a “thicker” lip balm or a lip mask perfect for overnight quenching. I completely trust Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask, and Vaseline’s Lip Therapy with my lips while I’m sleeping.

    Remember to remove, exfoliate, and hydrate regularly. Major key. Let me know in the comments below if you follow the same lip routine! What’s your favorite lip product?

  • The Crying Lip

    Have you ever cried in your car, or wherever, and happen to catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and notice how pretty you look? I know you have.

    Your eye color is suddenly translucent, cheeks are flushed, there is soft rosy halo around your lash line, and your lips…your lips deepen as blood rushes through them and creates a beautiful, tragic look. This lip happens to work well for day or evening and doesn’t require you to cry! This method allows you to wear any lip color in a very natural and believable way.

    The secret to this look is creating a soft halo around your lip line. Start by taking your favorite lipstick, stain, or chubby lip pencil and saturating the color just on the center of your lips. Then, take your finger and blend the color over your lips as if you are rubbing [blockquote author=”” pull=”pullright”]I can’t wait for you to try the crying lip. It’s so beautiful, it will bring you to tears.[/blockquote]

    Once the color starts dissolving into your lips, drag your finger right on top of your lip line, bleeding the color into your lip—especially over your cupid’s bow. It’s like finger painting on a sensual canvas, leading to the perfect stain that will last for hours.

    This technique will also allow you to use those beautiful pops of color you’re always eyeing but never dare to buy, since the method will only capture the color’s essence. My favorite three colors to use for the tragic lip are a coral red, a classic mauve, and a deep wine. The first color I used in the pictures is YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 8 Orange De Chine (which also made an appearance in this week’s lip stain roundup!)—the perfect orange-coral stain, but you must work quickly with blending as it sets quick. The second look is the rosy-mauve Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick in 106. This creamy formula feels so heavenly on the lips and imparts the perfect “you-could-never-go-wrong” color, giving you a super-natural, yet flattering look. The third color is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. Swipe this vampy color dead-center on lips and give it a good rub down to transform your mouth into a deadly weapon that kills silently.

    The Selfie is a weekend makeup look, courtesy of Stacey Nishimoto and her iPhone. For more of Stacey's tutorials, click here.

    The Selfie is a weekend makeup look, courtesy of Stacey Nishimoto and her iPhone. For more of Stacey’s tutorials, click here.

     

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