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5 Steps to mastering the perfect lip

07 May 2020 | By Anna-Bet Stemmet

Whether you’re going for a glowing fresh-faced look or a more vamped-up dramatic appearance, a beautifully defined pout is an essential part of any make-up look. Here are five steps to achieving the perfect lip every time.


Prep your canvas

According to makeup artist and beauty therapist, Martie Olivier failing to prepare is preparing to fail. This is why she recommends taking the time to ‘prep your canvas’ before you get down to the business of adding any colour or definition.

“If you feel your lips feel chapped, don't give in to the temptation to pull at the flaky pieces of dry skin. This can cause painful tears that could very well become infected. Similarly, refrain from licking dry lips. It only dries it out more. Rather use an exfoliating lip scrub and keep your lips well-hydrated with a daily moisturising treatment. Personally, I love good old-fashioned Zam-Buk, it keeps my lips wonderfully soft,” she suggests.

“If you are prone to cold sores, there are great products on the market that combine the moisturising factors of a lip treatment with the protection of an SPF. This is particularly useful for people who spend a lot of time outside while they garden, play golf, surf, ride horses, run long distances, etc.”

Prime like a pro

“Using a little bit of make-up primer on your lips helps to fill in lines and wrinkles so your chosen colour glides across the surface without settling in places you'd prefer it didn't. This paves the way for even application and in the end, your colour will last longer between reapplications,” Martie advises.

Draw the line

As a professional makeup artist, Martie says she understands that lots of people are a little skittish about using lip liner because they’re afraid of getting that ‘90’s secretary’ look. However, she also believes that the correct use of a liner makes all the difference in the final product.

“When you apply a lip pencil before you add your colour, it keeps it from bleeding. It can also be used to create an illusion of a fuller or smaller lip if you prefer. To create the illusion of a more plump lip, apply the pencil just outside your lip line. If you want to go smaller, bring your foundation onto the outer edges of your lip, and draw your 'new' lip line just inside your naturally occurring one,” she recommends.

Colour away!

“Next up, it's time for your lipstick. Fill the entire mouth with a colour in the same shade as your lip liner and be sure to go right up to the edge of the shape you've created. I like to use a lip brush for application because it makes it simpler to be accurate,” says Martie.

Leverage powder power

If you want your lip colour to last longer, Martie suggests using a powder to set it. “A little translucent powder goes a long way and will keep your colour from getting that cakey look while minimising transfers. Just be careful not to use too much, it can dry out the lips when used too liberally,” she advises.

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