Add Some Sparkling Dimension
Give your lips the high-definition treatment!
The Trick: Pick any color of lipstick and apply. With a small eyeshadow brush, dab a tiny amount of shimmery powder on the middle and corners of your lips, then blend with a bigger, looser brush. You can use a variety of products to produce that shimmer: highlighter (gold or silver), translucent powder, or even metallic eyeshadow will do.
The Result: The lipstick color, whether it's black, purple, or pink, will bounce off the shimmery accents, so at any angle, your color will radiate.
Get the Best of Both Worlds
When you want something that's not-too-shiny and not quite matte, combine the two finishes to create a cool sheen without all the glitz and glamour.
The Trick: This look involves two full layers of product. For the base, you'll want to use a gloss or creamy liquid lipstick in any shade. Then, cover that layer with a matching lip liner. You want to make sure that both of the colors are opaque.
The Result: The intrepid mixture of shine and matte will transition nicely from day to night.
Transform a Classic Red
Red lipstick is a great go-to, but sometimes it needs an added punch of color.
The Trick: Apply a few layers of your favorite red to your lips, then grab a purple lip liner—yes, purple—and lightly line the the corners, extending the line toward the center just a little bit. With your finger or a brush, blend the purple into the red.
The Result: Red and purple are in the same color family, so the purple won't look too foreign against the rouge. Instead, the combination will create a subtle ombré effect that will lead the eye to the center of your lips.
Take It Off
Why put on lipstick only to take most of it off? Well, that's just part of the fun of makeup, isn't it?
The Trick: Apply a few layers of lipstick, preferably a delicate pink or mauve, and let it set on your lips for at least five minutes. (Just enough time to finally watch every story on your Snapchat feed.) Then, take a soft tissue and pat some of the color off—focusing on the outer edges of your lips. Warning: A matte formula isn't the best for this technique, as it dries too quickly.
The Result: A just-bitten or just-ate-a-popsicle vibe that will suit any casual activity you have going on this summer.
Build Color Blocks
This is the easiest technique on the list: there's no excuse not to give this two-toned look a try.
The Trick: Pick two colors that are in the same hue family, such as a plum with a violet or a coral with a brick orange. Take the darker shade and apply to your top lip and emphasize the color with a bit of extra coverage. Then, apply the lighter, brighter color to the bottom.
The Result: A fun, striking illusion that will pair well with an all-black or all-white outfit scheme.
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