Avoid these 5 common lipstick mistakes

Lipsticks are one of the most commonly used beauty products. There are hundreds of different shades available across a dozen-odd cosmetic brands that promise the best look. Simply narrowing down a few options and selecting one of them can become quite a cumbersome task, especially for first-timers. This is also why you must pay attention to the following lipstick mistakes women generally make. Here are a few to avoid hereon.

Not buying organic products
Many popular lipstick formulas can contain heavy metals like lead, phthalates, and parabens to increase the product’s shelf life. But regular use of such lipsticks increases the risk of health complications that can be triggered by these chemicals. Instead, opt for brands that boast organic formulas made from natural ingredients which are safe to use daily.

Skipping lip primer or liner
If you are using a matte lipstick, there are two extra steps to get the preferred shade. Firstly, use a lip primer before any matte lipstick; it applies smoothly and makes it last longer. Secondly, outline the lip with a highlight liner to ensure you don’t apply too much or too little lipstick. Find a matte lipstick shade to create a base template and explore available liner options to complete the look.

Using the wrong shade
Lipstick colors stand out from the rest of the makeup, so you need to be extra careful about choosing the right shade. Ensure you do not choose lip shades in contrast with your skin tone. The lips might look smaller if you pair a red lipstick shade with fair skin or light nude with dark or wheatish skin. You need to find the right balance of colors to get that perfect pout.

Not using a good moisturizer
Lipsticks do not give a seamless look on dry or cracked lips. But regularly using a lip balm or even an organic serum can keep the lips plump and hydrated to help retain moisture better. It also creates a more even layer for long-lasting lipstick shades.

Dabbing any excess lipstick
Don’t panic if you have applied more than what was necessary. But the one thing you should never do is dab with your fingers, as this will only make the color spread out more unevenly. Use a small piece of tissue paper and press it between your lips. The paper will absorb all the excess product and prevent the shade from smearing beyond the lines.

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