In this edition of #PamelasMakeupTips we go retro, try out an Instagram favorite, and have some very mixed feelings 🙈
A staple in the Insta makeup circle: over lining your lips. 💋
Did you know that your lip doesn't actually end where the color ends? I didn't! Until recently anyway. It turns out there's 2 to 3 mm of unused lip space on our top and bottom lips that has been ignored by women of all ages for decades. By taking your lip liner all the way out to that edge (and just a teeeensy bit beyond) you get the appearance of very full, pouty lips, sans surgery/injections 💉
Here's what I learned while experimenting with this look:
1. Find a forgiving lip liner. I used NYX because it's cheap and soft enough for me to smudge off when I messed up and needed to adjust the line.
2. Matte lipstick! Creamy lipsticks show the changing texture of your lips too much. I'm sure for someone with more experience in over lining it might not be a problem, but I found that the shine gave away my inconsistencies too much. I went back to a matte lipstick and then even set it with a matte finishing powder.
3. A small lipstick brush. Doing this with just the stick or even a liquid lipstick wand is not precise enough. I had to pull out my small lipstick brush to get the lines straight and even.
4. Concealer and a small concealer brush. After applying the lipstick, I went around my lips with a very small amount of concealer on a small concealer brush to make the line more precise and to cover up any smudging I'd caused.
5. No matter how well you do it, it's going to look/feel weird at first. Just sit with it for an evening or a day. After checking or reapplying a couple of times it starts to feel more normal.
I don't think this is a look I would wear every day. And I just don't have the time to apply it this precisely most days (plus I need like way more practice to not take forever each time). But it's fun for dressing up and going out. I need to buy more lip liner colors to go with my recently acquired lipsticks and this is an excellent excuse to do so.
Have you tried over lining your lips? How did it go? What tips and tricks have you picked up for doing it? 💄💋❤️