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Beauty Counter: Lipstick 101

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While lipgloss still remains a must-have for making lips look super shiny and luscious, lipstick is quickly winning the race when it comes to wanting a more vibrant, eye-catching look. Red lips are making a huge comeback and are now de rigeur if you want a more polished look. I asked makeup and hair artist ANDREA TILLER of Nobarsura what her favourite lipsticks are, the best colours for Summer ’09 and exactly how to apply them -so you can look polished all day long.

Hands down when I think of the best lip colors in the industry I think of Make Up For Ever and YSL. I absolutely love both brands for their pigment, fashion forward colors, silky feel and long lasting effect.
When choosing summer colors think fresh, fun and flirty. There are different ways to put on lip products (it’s all personal preference) but here are the following most common steps, most products come in very user friendly and have great applicators:

Natural finish…
First apply just lipgloss and then apply your lipstick by gently dabbing on lip to get a light intensity.

Sculpted look…
Use lip liner to outline and fill in the lip. I like to do this to intensity the color and keep a nice consistency throughout the lip. After you can either: apply lipstick for a crisp matte intensity. Apply lipgloss for a glossy fun finish. Or, apply lipstick and lipgloss for a chic glossy sexy look.

The right tools…
When working with both lip liner and lipstick, using a lip brush will give you a more precise and perfected finish. If you are always on the go and love to keep them lips perfect at all times a retractable lip brush is your best friend! Make Up For Ever’s Lip Brush with Metal Cap is amazing.

Also, if your lipstick always runs be sure to use Make Up For Ever’s Lip Seal to seal your lip color, this can be applied only on top of lip liners or lipstick. Brush on the sealer and your lips will have double wear and become waterproof and won’t alter the color!

Top pick for lip liners…
Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Liners . They glide on, are silky, very pigmented and waterproof. No smudge, no mess… less maintenance! I love… 14C (light rosewood), 15C (pink), 16C (fuchsia), 17C (bright orange), 18C (coral)!

Top picks for lipstick…
Make Up For Ever’s #201 Flourecent Orange, #402 Mandarin and #403 Pink Orange
YSL Silky Rouge Pure Collection #52 Bright Coral, #144 Baby Orange and #49 Hottest Florescent Pink

Top pick for gloss…
Make Up For Ever’s Glossy Full. Vibrant colors, outrageously shiny, non sticky with a minty smell. Available in 9 shades… I am absolutely in love with these and so will you!

Make Up For Ever and YSL Beauty is available at The Bay Downtown

Aliyah Shamsher, The Style Spy
aliyah@thestylespy.com

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Reader's Comments

  1. I have to second Andrea’s recommendation of MUFE’s Glossy Full Couleur glosses. I have a naturally dark rosy hue to my lips and very few glosses actually have enough pigment to show up against my natural lip colour, but these ones do!

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