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Its All in the Lips

1 Jul

One thing iheart about being a beautiful Black women is my thinkness. When I went off to college (CU stand up!) I was introduced to a saying: “She thick up bo!” (Shout out to “De Chuck”) Whenever this was said, you automatically knew that whoever it was said about had hips thighs and a round derrière. She was sexy and curvy… and I was one of those girls… right down to my lips . My lips are full and thick just like the rest of my body. I will never need fillers or injections, plumpers or Botox. My lips look good when they are glossed up (my lip gloss be popping lol), when they are bare  and even when I’m eating a meal. So today’s makeup post is all about the lips.

There are many things you can do with the lips. There are tons of colors you can try with different finishes and hues. I’m going to break down the 411 on the “lip lingo” for you Babydolls that dare to go there.

Gloss: a transparent cosmetic that gives a shiny appearance to the lips. It can be colored or nude. Depending on who manufactured the gloss, some may be scented or flavored. All glosses are not created equal however; because there is some type of wax in gloss, finding the perfect formulation is key. If a gloss is sticky, it may be old or just cheap. You want something that feels luxurious and silky when applied. I won’t say that  more $$$ equals better gloss; what I will say is that reputable companies produce better gloss. When it boils down to it, picking your favorite gloss is a personal choice.

Lipstick: a crayon-like wax or oil based cosmetic used to add color and definition to the lips. Lipsticks can either be sheer or matte.

Matte lipsticks are opaque and very rich and uber dramatic! If you’re trying to make a statement, then doll this is the ticket! Matte lipstick offers long lasting color… just be sure to swipe on some lip balm before applying your lipstick.

Sheer lipsticks are exactly that… sheer! These lipsticks are similar to gloss in that they are easy to apply and nourishing, however, sheer lipsticks don’t have as much shine as lip gloss. You will often find lipstick/ gloss duos in coordinating colors.

Lip Stain: a cosmetic product that contains a water or gel base and some colorant. These products must be applied quickly and accurately (as the name implies, lip stain will stain or mark your skin). When applied correctly, lip stain can give you that plump, naturally flushed lip look. Most lip stains are rosey or berry hued. To remove lip stain, use a cream based makeup remover like Ponds cold cream.

Lip liner: a colored cosmetic crayon used to define the shape of the lips. Lip liner also helps in the “staying power” of your lipstick/stain/gloss. It can be used as a filler or shader for those of us that have a darker top lip than bottom as well.

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