We’ve all seen “How to” posts regarding how to apply makeup, but not that many “How to not” ones. I thought this might be fun and helpful because I sometimes learn backwards. Meaning if I know what not to do, it helps me realize what I should be doing. Make sense?

Lipliner No No’s

A big trend in the 90’s (ala Pam Anderson) was to wear a dark lipliner with a lighter lipstick and not really blend a whole lot. This was never a good look even back then, but it’s SO dated now.

For reference I am wearing MAC Masque lipstick with MAC Spice lipliner. This is a bit exaggerated, but I HAVE seen people wearing looks like this!

Bad Lipliner
Unblended lipliner

Bad liner 2
Unblended lipliner

Now I don’t necessarily think Spice is too dark for Masque lipstick, but it does need to be blended in quite a bit so there is no obvious line between the colors.

I used a small lip brush to kind of feather the liner out into the lipstick so it blends it in. Also adding another swipe of the lipstick over everything helps meld it all together.

Good liner
Blended lipliner

Good liner 2
Blended lipliner

Now along the same lines as not blending your liner is the “ring around the mouth” effect which happens when you only line the edges, and the lipstick in the middle of your lips wears off. So not attractive.

To avoid this effect line your entire lip with the liner then apply lipstick over that so it wears off evenly. That or make sure to check your lips often and reapply lipstick!

Worn off lipstick
Ring around the mouth

Worn off lipstick 2
Ring around the mouth

Overdrawn lips

If you have slightly uneven lips, which most of us do, it’s fine to correct that. However this can get way out of control. I have seen people walking around with hugely exaggerated lips and it just winds up looking a bit comical, and very obvious and unnatural. Like this woman I came across on the web…


Source

That is obviously an extreme (and Photoshopped) picture, but you get the idea! So try not to get too crazy with the overdrawing. A good way to tell if it looks weird is to look at your lips in a mirror from the side. If your lips look weird and unnatural chances are you overdid it.

For reference I am wearing MAC Russian Red lipstick and MAC Cherry lipliner.

Overdrawn lipstick
Overdrawn lips

Overdrawn lips 2
Overdrawn lips

Overdrawn lips 3
Overdrawn lips

Lipstick on teeth

Blot, blot, blot! Remember when you are wearing a really dark or bright color especially, it’s super important to blot so you don’t wind up with it all over your teeth.

Not only do I blot, but I smile to see if any more gets on my teeth, then I blot again and repeat until nothing is on my teeth. Red can be the worst culprit and the most obvious.

Lipstick on teeth
Lipstick on teeth

Lipstick on teeth 2
Lipstick on teeth

Here’s how I wear my red lipstick. See, no unblended lipliner, no lipstick on teeth and just a little overdrawn to even out my cupids bow area.

Good red lipstick
Normal lipstick

Good red lipstick 2
Normal lipstick

Good red lipstick 3
Normal lipstick

Well I hope that was somewhat helpful to you guys and entertaining as well.

Let me know if you liked this post in the comments and if I get a good reaction from you I will continue with other ones!

-Kelly

Written by Kelly
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