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Lip makeup is just one of the ways that you can make a statement with makeup - a bold red lip catches everyone’s eyes for a vintage look, or you can turn up the vamp factor with a deep aubergine shade. Or, if you’re looking for something that goes with everything, nude is a super versatile option that everyone should have in their makeup bag!

Lip Makeup: The Essentials

Tying your entire makeup look together requires a bit more than just swiping on lipstick - bold shades can be unforgiving and look untidy with the imperfect application. Here’s a guide to all the different kinds of lip products out there - and how to use them!

Lip Balm: The first rule of wearing any kind of makeup on your lips is to always start with hydrated, moisturised lips. Lip balms keep your lips feeling soft and flake-free, the perfect base for lipstick. They’re usually made with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and hyaluronic acid. 

Lip Liner: Lipliner has two crucial roles - it helps to create a super sharp lip outline, making it easier to apply lipstick perfectly. It also provides another layer of pigment, helping your lipstick to last all day - or all night - long!

Lipstick: Lipsticks have creamy, opaque formulas and can come in a glossy, matte, or satin finish. While a traditional lipstick bullet is what most of us think of when it comes to lipstick, liquid formulas are equally as popular for their punchy shades and long-wearing formulas. 

Lip Gloss: If you’re looking for something to get that perfect, glossy pout, a lip gloss is what you should reach for. They’re perfect for creating a glossy finish over your lipstick, but also look amazing over bare lips for a natural (yet glossy!) lip.

Lip Tint: If lipstick and lip blam had a baby, it would be a lip tint. They’re the second easiest to use (behind lip glosses) when it comes to pulling your makeup look together with minimal effort. Perfect if you don’t have much time in the morning! They’re just tinted enough to add a little flush of colour, without needing all the attention to detail of a full-opacity lipstick. 

Pro MUA Lip Makeup Tips

When it comes to making your lipstick look amazing, the right prep is essential. Other than ensuring your lips are well hydrated, another crucial step is lip exfoliation. Buffing away any lip flakes ensures that any lipstick will apply smoothly - no flakey lips here! 

An expert MUA tip is to use a natural scrub made of sugar to polish away dead skin, but a clean, warm face cloth works in a pinch too. Always follow up lip exfoliation with a nourishing lip balm to lock in moisture for perfectly smooth lips!

Where to Buy Lip Products

At Beauty Affairs! Find your new favourite lip products from YSL, GA-DE, Dior, and Inika Organic (and more!) for your makeup bag today. Sign up for a membership for access to exclusive deals and the best of the best in luxury beauty. 

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