9 Makeup Artist Tips to Mastering a Bold Lip Kaitlyn Dreyling
Fall's biggest beauty statement is a rich, bold lip. Whether you gravitate towards a saturated bordeaux or a brilliant red, we called on celebrity makeup artists to give us nine of their top tricks to a fabulously intense lip.Photo by: ImaxTree
1. Prep Your Lips Kaitlyn Dreyling
"Definitely apply a lip balm prior to applying such a bold lip," advises makeup artist Mai Quynh. "You want to make sure your lips are soft and smooth, not dry or chapped. Once you've allowed your lip balm to penetrate into the lips (usually 5 to 10 minutes), blot your lips a few times with a tissue. This will take off any excess lip balm before applying your lip color."Photo by: iStockPhoto
2. Define with Lip Liner and Concealer Kaitlyn Dreyling
Chanel makeup artist Kate Lee recommends lining your lips with liner that matches your natural lip color, not the lipstick. "Use whatever matches your natural lip shade, this stage is really about creating a template for the color," she explains.
Kate also recommends using a little concealer on your lips. "One formulated for under the eye works great because the formulation is creamy and reflective and helps to highlight and also to perfect the lip line in reverse. I like to draw the lip line, blend with a brush into all the nooks and crannies by stretching out my lips flat and then use this brush to perfect the line around the outer corners of the lips, it really helps to define them."
3. Start Off With A Stain Kaitlyn Dreyling
"To avoid constant reapplying I like to start by applying a stain in the color your trying to achieve," makeup artist Kindra Mann says. "I like Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge or Chanel Rouge Double Intensite. Apply it all over the lip and then blot any access off on a tissue and dust a thin layer of translucent powder on top to set it for even longer staying power. To keep the color bold and rich looking, I like to top of the stain with a lipstick in a matching shade. You can use a lipstick in a slightly lighter or darker shade if you want to give more dimension to the final result."
4. Color Payoff Comes From The Tube Kaitlyn Dreyling
"Applying all these products directly from the tube or pencil will give you the most pigmented result," Kindra says. "But if you feel more confident applying with a lip brush for precision you can do that as well."
5. Set Your Look With Blotting Papers Kaitlyn Dreyling
Kate likes to use Japanese oil blotting sheets to help set the color. "Blotting with these papers is great because it removes the emollients and leaves behind only pigment," she says. "Once this is done, and there is only pigment left, I soften the line if need be. A translucent light weight powder such as Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder is also good to have on hand, incase you feel the need to powder the shape before moving on to your second layer of color. Powder the lip line only, especially if you have overdrawn slightly."
6. Balance the Rest of Your Makeup Kaitlyn Dreyling
"To balance out rich lip color, keep the rest of your makeup minimal and modern," advises makeup artist Robin Black. "Use a tinted moisturizer to neutralize any redness, skip the blush but definitely do a contour, brows should be groomed but natural looking and finally, sweep on a bit of blackest black mascara." Robin likes Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer to perfect your complexion, and she always has Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in Shade 2 in her kit for contouring.Photo by: Getty
7. It's All About the Formula Kaitlyn Dreyling
"Formulation is absolutely key," Kate points out. She loves Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour for the creamy texture, rich color and moisturizing ingredients. "My favorite shades to try out are Pirate and Rouge Noir for dark shades and Palpitante for a beautiful bright pink."
8. Maintain Your Color Kaitlyn Dreyling
"Another tip is not to leave the house without what you need to maintain your fabulous bold lips," Kate says. "I like to carry the lip shade with me, because once the liner is set you will hopefully only need to fill in the middle of the lips. I also carry the retractable lip brush which I load with a little concealer and then close the cap, just incase I need to retouch or correct."Photo by: ImaxTree
9. Go Brighter for Thin Lips Kaitlyn Dreyling
"If you have thin lips, dark lip color - whether sheer or not - will not be complementary," Mai warns. "Because if your lips are already thin, the color will draw attention (not the good kind) to them. So I'd avoid dark colors all together. Stick with brighter colors or neutrals. You can still wear reds, just choose a brighter one."Photo by: Getty