Make-up Tips
The Lips


Enhancing The Lips

The lips are the last part of the makeup process and add that final feminine touch.

Lips might seem an easy thing to do, but they can look so bad if done incorrectly. No one wants to look like they are applying for a job as a circus clown!

Now, it is highly unlikely that any of us can get our lips to look like the amazing example on the right, but we can certainly try to go close.

Lip Liner

Use a lip liner pencil that is a shade or two darker than the lipstick. Carefully draw a line outlining the lips. You may increase the size of the lips by going slightly outside the line, but do not overdo it or you could end up looking like a clown. Like with eyeliner pencil, remember to keep your lip liner pencil sharpened.

Christine's Tip

A useful trick with lipliner, is to gently shade in the lips with the same pencil, as it adheres to the lips far longer than most lipsticks, which quickly lose their colour with eating, drinking or kissing.


Lipstick should be applied quite thinly. Spreading it on thickly will not make it last longer, but it will smear and create a clown effect. I recommend using a small lip brush to apply lipstick more precisely.

Lip gloss

Next is a little clear lip gloss to the middle of the lower lip to get that wet sexy look.

Christine's Tip

A final little touch is to use a white pencil and draw a thin line on the top lip to highlight the "cupid's bow".

Finishing Touches

Look over your face in the magnifying mirror.
Using a cotton bud with a little moisturiser, tidy up any bits of mascara from around the eye.
Reapply some more face powder, touching up any shiny areas.


How long do make-up products last?

All make-up products have limited lifetime once you have opened and started using them. Here is a list:

  1. Mascara: 3 months
    Mascara should be replaced every three months, since its liquid consistency makes it more vulnerable to bacteria, and its proximity to your eye can lead to possible infections.
  2. Liquid liners: 6 months
    Liquid eyeliners present the same concerns as mascara, so they should be replaced every six months. Pencil eyeliners, however, should last you up two years. Sharpen your pencil with each use to keep it fresh.
  3. Foundation: 6-12 months
    For liquid foundations, say goodbye if you notice any change in smell, texture or color. Most foundations should last you up to a year, but if you're prone to acne, think about tossing yours every six months
  4. Lip gloss: 1 year
    Because of the liquid consistency, lipgloss needs to be replaced more often than lipstick. Swap yours out every 12 months
  5. Concealer: 1 year
    As with liners, the longevity of concealers depends on consistency. Liquid concealer should be tossed after one year, but powder concealer is fine up to two years.
  6. Nail Polish: 2 years
    If you notice a change in color or a funky smell, it's time to part ways with your polish. In general, it should last you up to two years and some have expiration dates on the back of the bottle.
  7. Lipstick: 2 years
    Consider it a long-term relationship- lipstick can last up to two years! Dispose if your lipstick becomes dry or changes hues.
  8. Powders: 2 years
  9. Eye shadow, bronzer, blusher: 2 years
    With proper care, and clean brushes, powder-based products can last for a couple of years.


Another article from Huffington Post

How to Clean your Hair Brush!

OK, not really about make-up, but useful for those of us who do not wear wigs.

  1. First, remove all hair from your brush... pull, cut, tweeze, just get it out.
  2. Then... fill up your bathroom sink halfway with hot water, and add a squirt of shampoo in while the water is filling up.
  3. Soak your brush in the soapy water, then use your fingers to thoroughly clean off the gunk that has accumulated around each bristle.
  4. After you're done cleaning, drain the water, and rinse the brush off with warm water.
  5. Let the brush dry completely, and you're done!

How easy is that?


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