15 Lipstick Mistakes You’re Probably Making

When we compare lipstick to eyeliner or eyeshadow, it’s the easiest product to apply. After all, we don’t have to worry about poking our eyes. Plus, it’s a lot less painful if we accidentally jab a tooth or our gums compared to our sensitive peepers. That’s not to say that applying lipstick is foolproof. There are actually some little things that can make or break a lipstick look.

If you’ve been experimenting with lipstick and you feel like you just can’t seem to get it right, but you’re not sure what’s going wrong, it’s likely one (or maybe two) or these tiny things. I’m hoping I’m able to help you out today because I’ve rounded up 15 common lipstick mistakes. That way, you will hopefully be able to figure out what you’re doing wrong and correct it. Chances are it’s a little thing and once you tweak it, you’ll have a #flawless look.

1. You’re not exfoliating your lips first.



Lipstick enhances lips, but it also enhances dry patches. Therefore, you need to exfoliate prior to the color application for a smooth pout.


2. You’re forgetting to apply lip balm before lip color.



A lot of lipsticks can be super drying so a lip balm helps keeps lips moisturized. Plus, it helps the color adhere.


3. You’re applying your lip liner in a too-thin line.



Instead of just outlining your lips with your pencil, it’s actually more effective if you line and color them in a bit. Who knew?


4. You’re choosing the wrong lip liner color.



Unless you’re going for a 90’s contrasting lip liner look, you want your lip liner to match your lipstick as closely as possible. If you cannot get a good match, you can always try a clear lip liner.


5. You’re over-lining your lips.



You can actually over-line your lips a bit to make them appear fuller. However, you don’t want to go crazy with it because then it looks like you’re wearing clown lipstick.


6. You’re not blotting your lipstick.



Repeat after me: I will blot my lipstick even though I think it’s silly and unnecessary because it will actually help it stay on longer.


7. You’re not using a lip brush.



Applying that lipstick straight from the bullet? Hold up. A lip brush will actually help you get a precise finish.


8. You’re not bothering to layer your lipstick.



Layers are good for clothing and hair, and they’re also good for lipstick because they help the color last longer.


9. You’re not taking into account your skin’s undertone.



Your skin tone is important, but so is your undertone. Usually, it’s the undertone that can make or break a color.


10. You’re not thinking about the rest of your makeup look.



Your lipstick color can be amazing, but it can fail hard if you don’t take into consideration the rest of your makeup look. Everything has to work together.


11. You’re not using translucent powder.



If you’re using powder to help your lipstick stay on, you’re halfway there. You just need to ensure that it’s translucent powder so it doesn’t change the finish or color of your lipstick.


12. The perimeter of your lipstick isn’t crisp.



A crisp, clean edge is essential for a pretty lipstick look. Thankfully, we have concealer to help us out.


13. You’re failing to enhance your Cupid’s bow properly.



Those little peaks on your top lip are called your Cupid’s bow. It’s important to spend some time getting the shape right otherwise your lipstick will look messy or you’ll look like a clown.


14. You’re not sealing your lipstick.



You spent all of that time applying your lipstick. Give it the best chance of staying on with a lipstick sealant.


15. You’re not thinking about your most flattering options.



It’s easy to be drawn to a color based on how it looks in the package, but remember the key thing is how it works with your skin, hair, and eyes.


What color lipstick is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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