Lipstick is by far the most iconic beauty product in my beauty case. Only perfumes can win lipsticks on the nostagia front. I still remember my first Christian Dior lipstick that my mom bought me when I was 14. It was a playful peachy coral with a subtle sheen to it. It came in a luxurious navy, cobalt and gold packaging that for me defined The Look of the 90’s. Following that universally flattering shade came the dark grungy statement shades of plum and Bordeaux, that evolved into glittery Lancome’s Juicy Tube marks on a 20 something’s glass of plonk, followed by balmy Clinique’s Chubby Sticks hastily applied without a mirror by a busy career girl in a full morning metro 51. The girl became a mum who got hooked on Carmex, she turned 40 and, inspired by Victoria Beckham, eventually found her long lost love to wearing lip liner and decided to make her lips a statement accessory once again, but this time in a more sophisticated understated way.
A couple of weeks ago I on Image visited independent Mary Kay beauty consultant Marika Malin in Pinjacker and got the best tips to achieve those perfect lips that add that extra personal touch to your image. Dry patches, colour fading or changing and colour bleeding outside your lips are the most common lipstick problems that I wanted to tackle. Marika of course had the solution for each problem and a few additional tricks in her sleeve.
The most common lipstick problems and how to fix them:
- Dry patches sadly show even more when you are wearing lipstick so the first thing you need to do is to scrub and nourish your lips before even thinking about adding any colour to them. Marika recommended a pampering Satin Lips® Set that consist of a shea sugar scrub and a shea butter balm. You can apply this 2-step treatment before bedtime but it works well on a hasty morning too as the routine takes only a few minutes.
- A lip primer is the only fail proof way to help the colour stay true and not fade away before lunch time. TimeWise® Age-Fighting Lip Primer locks the colour on your lips and helps you look fabulous for longer.
- Multi-functional TimeWise® Age-Fighting Lip Primer actually makes my beloved lip liner obsolete. It helps to keep the colour anchored steady on your lips which is a must for achieving professional appearance. This product is ideal for people who want less fuss in their lives and/or lack a steady hand for applying lip liner. My own lips would still profit from the added definition of using a lip liner so Marika recommended me a chic everyday shade of Mary Kay Lip Liner, Light Nude.
After learning about the miracles of prep work it was time to add some colour on my lips. Marika showed me two wearable looks that I applied myself: One classic nude and one sexy matte pink. Which one you like better?
I lined my lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Light Nude. Then I painted them with Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Shell. For added dimension I dabbed a bit of Mary Kay NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Fancy Nancy in the middle of my lips. This look works for every single day and pretty much every single outfit.
Here I am wearing Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Powerful Pink. This is a fun-loving look that is still not too severe for the office. I can see this working really well for going out too.
Here’s to your perfect lips!
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