Applying Lipstick

By Maureen A. Duffy, M.S., CVRT

  • To make lipstick last longer, blot foundation on your lips before applying.
  • Slim-line lipsticks are generally easier to use than thicker ones.
  • Lipgloss can be applied with the finger (usually the pinky). You can also use a clear or lightly tinted lipgloss in place of lipstick.
  • If you use lip liner, hold it as close to the point as possible for better control. Use a nude or neutral shade for best results.
  • Roll up or twist up the lipstick and check with one finger to make sure the tip appears slightly above the container level.

Applying Lipstick

  • Trace the shape of your lips with your index finger.
  • Part your lips slightly.
  • Apply lipstick as follows:
  • From the center of your upper lip to the right corner of your mouth, decreasing pressure as you get closer to the corner, since the corner area is much smaller;
  • From the center of your upper lip to the left corner of your mouth, again decreasing pressure at the corner;
  • From the center of your bottom lip to the right corner of your mouth;
  • From center of your bottom lip to the left corner of your mouth.
  • For your lower lip, you can also begin at one corner and move across the lip to the other corner, making a return stroke to fill in the lower lip.

An Alternative Technique

  • From the right corner of your mouth to the center of your upper lip;
  • From the left corner of your mouth to the center of your upper lip;
  • From the center of your bottom lip to the right corner of your mouth;
  • From center of your bottom lip to the left corner of your mouth.
  • Close your lips and rub your top and bottom lips together several times.
  • Blot with a tissue to remove excess lipstick.

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