Friday, December 7, 2007

Beauty: Lipstick

Lipstick is, arguably, the most essential part of a woman's makeup kit. Most women won't leave the house without first applying lipstick, and for some, it is the only makeup they wear. Lip color may be bright and bold, or soft and subtle. Associated with sexiness and desirability, it comes in shades ranging from bright red to subtle pink, with everything in between. Most women, from age 16 to 90, will agree that lipstick is just plain indispensable.

Lip color comes in many forms. Among them are:

Lip Liner - Available in pencils and automatic applicators, used to define lips. It also helps in improving lipstick's staying power and preventing "bleeding", particularly with older women.

Lipstick - The main component in lip color, used to shade the majority of the lip surface. May be frosted, glossy, or matte; available in thousands of shades.

Lip Gloss - A shiny lip covering, either colored, frosted, or clear. Gloss may be applied alone or to add shine to traditional lip color.

Apply your lip liner first. Liner should be the same color or a shade slightly lighter than your main lip color -- never darker. Outline your natural lip line. Next, fill in your lips with your lip color. Using a lip brush will help your lipstick stay longer. Add gloss, if desired, and blot your lips with a tissue to remove excess color. Utilize your mirror, everytime, to avoid a rushed, clown-like look.

Virtually all makeup lines include lipstick, from drugstore brands, such as Revlon or L'Oreal, to expensive department store makeup counter brands, such as Charles of the Ritz or Lancome. In addition, makeup stores, like Sephora, offer a one-stop emporium of several brands and thousands of shades. If you know which color you like, you might also try buying lip color online through the makeup manufacturer or one of the many web-based makeup stores.

My favorite brand of lipstick is Chanel Rouge Allure. It combines fabulously wearable, lustrous colour and sensational comfort and is subtly etched with the world-renowned CHANEL logo. There are 40 different shades of beautiful color.

"andrea nicole baker"

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