Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tips for Flawless Lips and 3 Holiday Lip Colors

The holiday season is the perfect time to step up your makeup game with a bold lip! Whether you have a specific shade in mind or are looking for something new (three of my favorites are below!), we can all agree that the application is just as important as the color! Here are a few of my favorite tips to make sure your lips look flawless at your soirees! 

1) Exfoliate and Hydrate!
It's impossible to get a flawless application when your lips aren't properly prepped! You can use a store bought one (like this vanilla bean sugar scrub), an old toothbrush, a wet washcloth, or even a mixture of sugar and oil! It is especially important to remove dead skin if you're wearing a matte because the finish can accentuate any flakes. 
Now that you've exfoliated, it's time to hydrate! Using something like an evolution of smooth lip balm will make sure your lips are in tip top shape. 

2) Conceal
One of the oldest tricks in the book is to use concealer to outline your lips so your lip color really pops. This isn't a step that I do everyday, but if you're wearing a bold shade for a special occasion, it really makes all the difference! While you're at it, pop a highlighter on your cupids bow to make your lips shine. 

Now for my favorite lippies! These three shades have survived my countless makeup purges, and have a special place in my minimalist makeup collection

1) ELF: RAVISHING ROSE (bottom swatch)
I originally bought this lipstick for my senior prom, but it has become one of my favorites. It is the brightest color and pulls very pink on the lips. It is a berry shade, but because it is so pigmented and has a glossy finish, it takes a little bit of work to apply. Regardless, it's nice for when you want to go big on the lips and light on the rest of your makeup! 

2) CLINIQUE: BROADEST BERRY (middle swatch)
This is my favorite everyday lip color. It is similar to the first shade, but has more brown and less pink in it. This is a color that can look very mature, but is so natural that anyone can wear it. This formula is also amazing because it stays put, but is also moisturizing and feels good on. 

3) NARS: CRUELLA (top swatch)
This is the best red lip color that I have ever owned. It was an old birthday freebie from Sephora and is my go to sexy, bold lip. This is a very neutral toned red that is bold without being too bright. It works well with all skintones because it doesn't pull blue or orange and the matte finish is perfect for the holiday season! 

I have a lot of gift guides and fun holiday posts and videos in the works, but if there's anything specific you'd like to see, let me know! And if you have any great tips or favorite holiday lip colors, I'd love to read them in the comments below!

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