Step aside, gloss. Lipstick is back in a big way, making mouths look strong, rich, and thoroughly refined. Here, the rules for doing lipstick right, right now.
1. START FRESH
Start fresh. Exfoliate lips once or twice a week (use a mix of salt and almond oil), then follow with balm. (We love Jane Iredale Sugar and Butter)
2. AVOID TOO MUCH SPARKLE
"Shimmer can look cheap," says makeup artist Troy Surratt. Look for lipsticks with a creamy finish. "Light reflection should come from moisture in the formula, not metallic pigments," he says.
3. FIND THE RIGHT BRIGHT
Choose a bright shade based on your lips' natural color—not your skin tone. Women with pale lips look best in cherry red or coral; for naturally reddish lips, try hot pink, orange, or cranberry; for dark lips, brick red and burgundy are ideal.
4. LOOK GOOD NUDE
The prettiest nude lip color is slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone. If you're pale, look for something with a hint of pink. Those with yellow or olive undertones or dark skin look best with sandy beiges.
5. AVOID THE VAMPIRE EFFECT
Blue- or black-based shades that are too dark can be severe, aging, and even a little scary. Look for lipsticks with berry undertones instead.
6. DON'T WORRY ABOUT LINER
Liner is no longer a must—today's lipsticks don't bleed," says Surratt. To enhance your Cupid's bow or add symmetry, use a pencil that matches your lips, not your lipstick.
7. SOFTEN THE EDGES
Careful application is good; clinical precision isn't. Just smudge the border of your lips slightly.
8. START IN THE MIDDLE
When applying any shade of lipstick, start at the center of lips and blend color out toward the corners of your mouth. (Never apply it directly to the corners of your mouth—it will look clownish.)
9. DON'T OVERDO IT
Prevent a strong lipstick shade from looking heavy by swiping it on just your bottom lip, pressing lips together, and using your finger to distribute the color over your mouth.
10. BLOT, BLOT, BLOT
To make your lipstick last longer, apply it straight from the tube, blot with a tissue, then swipe it on again. "Blotting will create a base, and the second coat adds shine and coverage," says Surratt.
From The New Beauty Editors:
We often hear the phrase “lines and wrinkles,” as though the two are one in the same. The fact is, lines and wrinkles are as unique as the factors that cause them. Here, we’ve unraveled the differences behind these two major agers and narrowed down the most appropriate treatments for each to help you achieve your most youthful look ever.
Small and fine, a line tends to occur from repeated muscle movement that etches a slight mark into the skin. “Those who frequently smile, frown or squint develop fine lines earlier than those who don’t make these facial expressions as often,” says celebrity aesthetician Dangene. “When skin is young it snaps back into place, but as we get older it loses elasticity, so that ability to spring back becomes harder and less frequent, causing more permanent lines.”
Where are they located? Underneath and around the corners of the eyes; on the forehead; on the cheeks; between the brows; at the sides of the mouth
Thicker and more dramatic in nature, wrinkles are noticeable folds, ridges and creases in skin. Wrinkles can be caused by age, collagen and elastin breakdown, too much sun exposure, medications and dry, dehydrated skin. “Wrinkles are different from lines in that they are more diffuse throughout the face, however, lines can become more prominent,” says San Francisco facial plastic surgeon David W. Kim, MD.
Where are they located? Almost anywhere on the face; on the neck & chest; on the arms & hands
When a line turns into a wrinkle:
A line can turn into a wrinkle, especially when left untreated. New York dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, explains that a fine line occasionally deepens over time, turning into a wrinkle due to further breakdown of collagen. “Just like how a line can develop into a wrinkle, a wrinkle can reverse into a line when it’s reduced with the right treatment, making it less apparent,” says Dangene.
The secret weapon:
Chances are, you probably already use a moisturizer. “The most important thing you can do is stay hydrated, which prevents the formation of lines and wrinkles,” says Dangene. “I have a saying, ‘Never let a line come, never have a wrinkle.’” That’s because hydrated skin is plump and smooth and lines and wrinkles are less obvious. Using sunblock and not smoking are the best ways to prevent and minimize them. “A good moisturizer is the best anti-ager. It will prevent against chapping and dryness and keep skin looking smooth so that it appears youthful and dewy,” says Dr. Wechsler.
When it comes to stopping the formation of wrinkles and getting rid of them, nothing does the job quite like Botox. But, is everything you’re hearing and believing really the truth? We set the story straight and dispelled the biggest Botox myths out there.
1. Botox can be used anywhere on the face.
There’s a filler and injectable to treat just about every line and wrinkle on the face, but Botox cannot be used for everything. Although it is FDA-approved to treat crow’s-feet and lines between the eyebrows, many doctors use it off-label to address lines on the forehead, on the sides of the mouth, on the neck and to lift the brows. While it may seem like Botox can be used all over the face, there are only certain areas where it works; other injectables are an option for problems that Botox can’t correct.
2. It works immediately.
Because Botox acts on the nerves that control muscle movement, its can take anywhere from three to five days for it to set in before you notice results. Botox, as well as Dysport and Xeomin, in general, take between two to four days to start seeing effects and one to two weeks to see the full effect,
3. You can never develop an allergy to Botox.
Anyone can be allergic to anything, Botox included. Although rare, cases of allergies following Botox injections have been reported,
4. If you workout a lot you'll need more Botox than the average person.
Whether you're a workout fiend or you haven't seen the inside of a gym in years, it’s not your workout choices that dictate how much Botox you need, but rather the degree of your lines and wrinkles.
5. Botox comes from the manufacturer in liquid form.
In actuality, Botox is sent to your doctor as a freeze dried powder and then mixed with sterile saline so that it is able to be injected. It must always be reconstituted prior to use.
6. You can never become immune to Botox.
Although rare, it is possible to develop resistance to Botox due to the formation of antibodies to it following repeat injections. Techniques to minimize antibodies would include using the minimum dose required to achieve the desired effect at the longest interval between treatments.
7. Botox is the same exact thing as botulinum found in food.
It’s sometimes thought that Botox is the same as the bacteria that causes botulism. Botox is the isolated toxin. It’s not the entire bacteria.
8. If you have a facelift, blepharoplasty or browlift, you’ll never need to get Botox.
These surgeries address loose muscle, skin and tissue, as well as displaced fat. Botox works on the nerves and muscles that cause wrinkle formation from expression. One can be done without the other and having one procedure doesn’t exclude you from ever needing the other. Most doctors recommend continuing with Botox even if you've had surgery.
9. Botox won’t do anything for superheavy lines on the forehead.
Despite the fact that it’s an off-label use, Botox can work wonders on deeply etched lines in the forehead. It may take multiple rounds of treatment before the muscles become weak enough to soften the lines.