How to Apply a Dramatic, Glossy Lip (featuring Lime Crime Kaleidoscope Carousel Gloss)
[Pictured with flash: Lime Crime Carousel Gloss in Kaleidoscope over Make Up Store Jazzy Lip Pencil]
Thicker, more opaque glosses like MAC Pro Longwear and Lime Crime Carousel Glosses are more like a cross between lipstick and gloss. Most fans of these types of lip products like them because they can combine strong, vibrant color along with glassy shine and ultra-sparkle.
But unlike glosses, this is a very high-maintenance look. It’s like wearing a red lip, and you can’t just slick them on with a doe-foot applicator, roll your lips together, and walk out the door because any uneven coverage or blurry lip line is going to look terrible.
So how do you get maximum coverage without making a goopy mess? Here are a few simple steps to getting it to look as perfect as possible without too much time, tools and brushes.
Step 1: Prime your lips with concealer to mute out any color surrounding your lip line. This is important because some dramatic gloss shades are less red than your skin, and can bring out uneven skin tones around your lips.
Step 2: Apply a lip liner that is pretty much a match for the lip gloss you are intending to wear. I’m demonstrating using a dark plum/purple lip pencil and running it in a thick swatch all around the borders.
Step 3: Smooth and blend it toward the center of your lips with your finger (or just roll your lips together if you’re confident you’re not going to mess up the borders). Then touch up the borders to get it back to opacity again as you might have sheered it out a bit.
The border needs to be opaque because you won’t be applying as much lip gloss on the border as you would the rest of the lips. This helps to keep things neat and precise.
Step 4: Apply a generous dollop of gloss in the center of your top and bottom lips (just enough to spread out) and use your ring finger to gently push it out over the surface of your lips. It doesn’t matter if the coverage is thin now. You are just giving your whole lip coverage.
This gives maximum control, as opposed to applying using the brush applicator in the tube, as it usually ends up pushing too much product to the outer edges of your lip line, which can be messy and hard to spread back in.
Whatever you do, DO NOT PUSH THE GLOSS BEYOND THE LIP LINER!
Step 5: Finish by applying another drop of gloss in the center of your lips and gently smoothing it out again for more coverage. Check for patches where the lip gloss might be thinner, and cover that.
For the rest of the day, when you need to touch up, just keep it to the center of your lips and spread out with your fingers.
TIP: If you mess up your lip line in the middle of the day, make sure you wipe off all product in that area, and reapply that section from Step 1 (concealer) onwards!
Hey, I warned you it’s high-maintenance.