December is here and although most of us associate "holiday make-up" with red lipstick and glitter eyeshadow, I can't help but visualize a rich berry pout whenever I think about winter. Lately I have been trying a lot of new Bite Beauty lip products, which turned out to be amazing (spoiler), so I figured why not share my "berry pout" secrets with you all? Because if there is one make-up compliment I always get - it is on how good my bold lipstick looks/lasts. And I never use liquid lipsticks.
Step#1: Exfoliate & Prime
This should come as no surprise, yet many women tend to underestimate the power of lip exfoliation (we can see those crusty lips, alrite). Bite Beauty have Whipped Cherry and Agave Sugar Lip Scrubs, which are amazing, but any classic sugar lip scrub will do. The best time to exfoliate your lips is when you're brushing your teeth early in the morning; apply a thin coat of scrub, work it in circular motion, rinse.
On my lips: Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick, 100 Lip Pencil, Marsala Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick
Your lips might feel a bit dry, so always use a hydrating lip balm afterwards; something like Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment or Caudalie Lip Conditioner are fantastic for that, because they are not too balmy/thick and get absorbed really well, leaving your lips feeling rose-petal-soft and hydrated. Lip balm should act as a primer, however, you can take it to the next level by using an actual Line & Define Lip Primer instead. The only difference here (that is if you thought lip primers were a gimmick) is that a lip primer will actually prevent your lipstick from bleeding and feathering. It won't extend the wear of your lipstick that much, but it will give you a smoother canvas to work with. Line & Define Lip Primer contains natural oils such as jojoba and argan, has a clear finish and lovely mint scent/flavour to it.
Step#2: Work In Layers
Many women (and some gentlemen) go for a matte liquid formula when it comes to a long-wearing lipstick. Personally, I can't wear a matte liquid lipstick, because it makes my mouth look like a wrinkly and dry mess. Plus my lips are naturally on a drier side, so I instantly feel a great level of discomfort. This is mainly why I stick to classic lipsticks and pencils instead; believe me you - with a right technique - they are just as good.
Something I learned about bold lipsticks: you should always work in layers. By the time the rest of my makeup is done, I first blot my lips with a clean tissue (in order to get rid of any possible lip balm residue) and then go with a lipstick right away. If you have tried Bite's Amuse Bouche Lipstick line before, you might know that these are on a creamy-satin side, rather than full-on matte; something that works great with nudes, but might be tricky with bold colours.
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In this article I am featuring Bite's Amuse Bouche Lipstick in the shade Jam. It is one of the darker colours that the brand offers and is best described as a"rich merlot" or cool-toned berry. These lipsticks have a long-lasting and comfortable wear; they taste and smell amazing, being made of food-grade ingredients.
(1) Apply a thin coat of Jam all over the lips first, avoiding inner corners;
(2) Using a lip brush, carefully spread the lipstick from the center outwards;
(3) Once you have an even and thin wash of colour, grab a tissue and gently blot your lips, thus removing the top (creamy) layer.
(1) Take a matching lip pencil - I am using Bite's 100 Lip Pencil - to define the contour of your mouth. I typically stick to my natural lip lines, but with more of a classic wooden lip pencil you can easily "cheat" and add more volume by carefully overlining your lips. Bite's Lip Pencil formula is quite lightweight, pigmented and a touch creamy. It doesn't bleed or move. Bite lipsticks give you a nice even coverage, so I don't feel the need to fill in the whole lip area with a lip pencil. I only go around the edge to make my berry pout look as precise as possible;
(2) Now that you have a beautifully shaped mouth, add a second layer of lipstick. I, again, go straight from the bullet and use my Hakuhodo J171 Lip Brush for all the nooks and crannies. This time you can apply a little bit more and only blot your lips if you want to make your pout appear more matte, rather than satin.
This step is optional. If you want to make your berry lipstick that extra bit seductive and vampy, add Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick on top. These liquid lipsticks have insane pigmentation, feel quite moussy, smell like a dream and are very long-lasting. They can, however, move around since they never really "set", use as little as you can. Great thing about a product like this is that: a) it is quite opaque and never patchy; b) it takes any colour to a whole new level. I am using shade Marsala today, which is a delicious "black raspberry" or deep berry-wine colour. Marsala is truly my secret weapon; I only recommend using a tiny amount of it, spread it with a lip brush and you're good to go. It looks insanely sexy on its own too.
I should thank Lisa Eldridge for [what is probably] the best lipstick application tip ever. I always use this "layering" technique with all of my bold lipsticks and it works like magic. Yes, it is more time-consuming than your basic matte liquid lipstick, but the effect is so worth it. I can eat, drink and not worry about having a blotchy lipstick situation. Even when the top layer wears off, everything you've applied underneath will save the day. Now, I would always carry a portable lip brush and lipstick bullet with me (to touch up in case of emergency), but that's rarely the case. This technique is also great for those of you, who [just like moi] can't wear a drying matte liquid lipstick all day long, yet don't want to miss out on all the "bold lips" fun.