At the Dior Addict lipstick event, Dior had 2 of their international makeup artists give some tips and pointers about lipstick and its application and some common mistakes people make. Naturally, I was busy as a beaver taking notes so I could come here and share it
The 2 Dior international artistes were Mr. Ivan Chew from Taiwan and Mr. Kim Seung Won from Korea (Yes Natalie - you were right!) both of whom created the 4 Dior Addict looks for the event. The focus however, was on lipsticks so here are some tips that were shared.
1. Common mistake – Lipgloss that is too thick over lipstick
To Mr. Ivan Chew a mistake he finds common in Asia is applying lipgloss that is too thick over lipstick. This, he says, gives a thick goopy look to the lips that isn’t flattering. You know, when a guy tells you that look isn’t flattering, its really time to stop eh? Well other than using a glossy lipstick like the new Dior Addict one, what one can do to avoid this mistake is to apply only a thin layer of lipgloss, just to add a shine to the lips. I find a good way to do this is to just dab a dot of lipgloss in the center of the lip and then blend over the lip. This gives a thin layer of gloss that adds a pretty shine but isn’t goopy.
2. Common Mistake – Lipstick application technique
To Mr. Kim, a common mistake is how one applies lipstick. You should not tilt your head back when you apply lipstick because the line may be spoilt. And lipstick really is about giving a good line to your lips. So, look directly at the mirror, not downwards, keep lips together or lightly parted, and smile to stretch the skin on your lips so your lipstick goes on more smoothly. Happily, this is something I practice already – yay!
3. How to get red lipstick to look good?
Mr. Kim’s suggestion is to use a lip brush if you really want a good defined red lip. What’s important, he says is to pay attention to the “pyramids” of the lips – the peaks at the cupid’s bow that defines your lip shape. Using a lip brush gives you better control over shaping your lips, as opposed to just swiping it directly from the tube. I have to start paying attention to lip brushes!
4. How to get lipstick to last longer?
Mr. Ivan Chew suggests using a lip pencil first. Many of us know this already but it would be worth repeating. First, use a lip pencil to line and colour in your lips. Then, apply a complementing lip colour over it. When your lip colour wears off, the colour of the lip pencil will remain and so, you have longer lasting lip colour! Also, the lip pencil gives the lipstick a base to grab onto and so it lasts longer too.
Did you learn something new? I definitely did! So now, instead of just smiling in the morning to apply blush, smile again to swipe on your lipstick. It might herald the start of a beautiful day