Kiss dry lips and feathering color goodbye! There’s an art to achieving pout perfection! Celebrity makeup artists Kenecia LaShae and Amy Elizabeth give GalTime the scoop on getting your lipstick to stay put.
For a smooth and kissable pout, kick things off with a lip scrub. LaShae says it’s a great way to banish dead skin cells. Next, treat your lips with a lip balm or cream. Elizabeth says this will prime and prep the area. Put the rest of your makeup on, then blot any excess. (Try: Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish, $22, Elizabeth Arden Advanced Lip-Fix Cream, $21.50, or Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Natural Lip Balm, $3.99.)
Lightly line and fill in your lips with a soft lip liner. Look for one that either matches your lipstick, or is similar to your natural lip color. If you’re going for a more “natural” look, Elizabeth recommends skipping the liner. A sheer lipstick or lip shine is all you need to get glowing! (Try: Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 14C, $18, or Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, $24.)
Using a lip brush, apply one thin layer of lipstick. Blot and apply a second coat. To lock in color, LaShae recommends dusting translucent powder on top. (Try: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Mulberry, $22.50. For a soft tint, GalTime hearts L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm, $7.95)
To help plump things up, add a dab of gloss to the center of your lips and blend. Elizabeth says clear gloss is a must this season. It keeps your lipstick true to color while adding mirror shine. Don’t forget to highlight your Cupid’s Bow! (Try: Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss, $17. If your lips are small and need a little extra plumping, Elizabeth recommends a gloss with a pearlized finish, like Nars Lip Gloss in Stolen Kisses, $24).
Finally, erase “mistakes” and add definition by “reverse lining” your lips. Using a concealer brush, apply foundation around the outside of your pucker. Use whatever you have in your makeup bag!
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Kenecia LaShae is a international makeup artist and beauty expert based in New York City. Renowned for her professionalism and versatility, Kenecia has become the buzz of the beauty industry. Kenecia's experience includes commercial print, advertising, video, television, and runway. A Texas native and graduate of Texas Southern University, Kenecia became a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics in Atlanta, Georgia. Following a 3 year tenure with MAC, Kenecia resigned to pursue a career as a freelance artist. Kenecia's celebrity roster includes: Tracy Reese, Rebecca Minkoff, and June Ambrose. Her work is also featured in numerous publications: China Vogue, Health, Seventeen, Martha Stewart Upscale, and Elle Magazines, to name a few.
Amy Elizabeth is a professional makeup artist with experience working side by side with some of the industry's best including makeup artist Bobbi Brown. Amy holds editorial credits in national publications including Women's Day, First Magazine & Well Wed. She has also worked as the Key Makeup Artist & Stylist for several fashion brands including Under Armour apparel, Broder Brothers, and Cameo Couture. She currently balances her time between editorial, commercial advertising, and film makeup.