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Body oil is a skin care product that is generally recommended as treatment or prevention of extremely dry skin. Its main ingredients tend to be oils extracted from natural sources, such as from fruit or vegetable seeds, which give the product a smooth texture. Other common active ingredients include vitamin E and fatty acids, both of which have moisturizing properties.
For body oil to be most effective, manufacturers will typically recommend that the product be applied while the user’s skin is still damp. Since body oil is obviously oil-based, while other bodylotions are creams are water-based, it is thought to create a barrier against the outside of the skin. The oil barrier may help trap the water from a shower or bath onto the skin so it can sink in and provide extensive moisture, rather than being rubbed off or only lightly moisturizing the very top layer of the skin.
Overly hot water can draw out any of the little moisture that dry skin has, so prior to using bodyoil, it is recommended to take a lukewarm shower or bath. Afterward, one will typically need to lightly pat the skin dry until it is damp without being fully dried. If the skin is too wet, the product may slip right off and never penetrate the skin. Conversely, not having any water on the skin afterward will usually prevent the oil from being able to trap moisture onto the skin. People who feel they need extra moisture can also apply the oil to their bodies in the shower or add it to the bathwater as a way to try to further coat the skin.
Using body oil as a person’s selected form of moisturizer is generally only recommended for those with extremely flaky, tight, or rough skin. These type of skin issues may not respond well to lighter, water-based moisturizing products because they may not be potent enough to fully saturate the skin‘s dryness. People with normal or oily skin will typically not be advised to use the product because its heavy texture can make their skin feel overly greasy, rather than just smooth. The oil can also clog skin pores and result in pimples for some people, even if they are not acne prone.
Body oil tends to be available in traditional liquid-based versions, as well as dry versions. The traditional liquid-based types usually have water added to the other active ingredients as a way to make application easier; however, they can be messier to handle. Dry body oils typically do not have any added liquids with the active ingredients and instead come packaged in a spray bottle so the product can be spritzed directly onto the skin’s surface with little rubbing. This version tends to be more expensive and more difficult to find than the traditional kind.
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Applying red lipstick can be a little intimidating for many women. While there really is a shade of red lip tint that flatters every woman, if it's not applied correctly, lips reminiscent of a circus clown may easily be the result. The good news is that knowing just a few simple application tips can help create perfect red lips.
Red is a bold lipstick color that tends to highlight lines and dry skin. Investing in some good quality lip moisturizer helps create a smooth base for red lipstick. Lip gloss and balm shouldn't be worn as a base coat; their thick, shiny texture may prevent a smooth, even lipstickapplication. Instead, a moisturizing cream that can be gently rubbed into the lips and absorbed, followed by a lipstick that contains moisturizers should be used. Moisturizing types of lipsticks often contain vitamin E or glycerin in their ingredient list.
Generally speaking, people tend to be drawn to colors that best suit them, so selecting a flattering red lipstick isn't usually a problem. Too-bright shades may be blotted with a tissue to tone down the intensity. Women with cooler skin tones may be better suited to lipstick shades with a bit of a blue or pink undertone, while those with warmer coloring look better in colors with golden or orange undertones. Many red lipsticks have names that relate to skin tone compatibility such as "Warm Cinnamon" and "Iced Apple." Lip colors labeled as "true" or "mid-tone" mean a balance between cool and warm shades; almost anyone can wear these.
Different shades of red lipstick blended together and applied with a brush may provide the ideal unique solution for each individual woman. The important thing is to find a lip liner pencil that matches the color exactly, though. Lining the mouth just inside, never outside, the lip line before applying lipstick in the exact same color is a crucial tip. The lipstick should be applied with a brush starting from the center of the lips outward. Some time spent experimenting with red lipsticks as well as liners and brushes can produce flattering looks for every individual.
Keeping the rest of the makeup subdued when wearing red lipstick is absolutely essential in avoiding a clownish look. Neutral eyeshadow, plus mascara and a little cheek color in a natural shade are enough to support red lips. A little shimmer in the eyeshadow is suitable. While the lip liner pencil should always match the lipstick exactly, clothing and nail color should not. Matching nails and clothes to lipstick tends to look uninteresting as well as unsophisticated.
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Whether you are choosing to wear bright red, dramatic lipstick or a paler lipstick in a more neutral shade, it is important to apply lipstick properly to avoid looking unnatural. The general rule of thumb is to only apply as much as needed, and then blot off any excess. Being judicious when you apply lipstick will help to ensure that it looks natural and not overdone. There are many different types of lipstick to choose from, including moisturizing and long-wearing, among others.
Before you apply lipstick, lips should be clean and dry. Do not apply lip balm or lip gloss first; even though this can help to moisturize the lips, it will prevent the lipstick from sticking, and it will wear off much more quickly. If you choose to wear lip liner, this should be applied first.
Lip liner may be applied in a thin line around the entire mouth; be certain to stay within the lines of the lips, and do not go outside the natural lip line. The lip liner should be approximately one shade darker than the lipstick you are wearing. Though lip liner can be helpful in creating a more professional, dramatic look, as well as preventing lipstick from feathering into small wrinkles around the lips, it is generally not necessary for everyday makeup.
If you are using lipstick from a twist-up tube, simply apply lipstick in a smooth motion over the bottom lip, then in two separate strokes from the middle to the corner on the top lip. Lipstickmay also be applied with a small, angled lipstick brush, which can give a more defined line. Some areas may need a bit more than others; once the lips are evenly coated with lipstick, place a tissue in between the lips and press them together in order to blot up any excess, and prevent it from winding up on your teeth.
After applying the lip color, some people choose to apply lip gloss on top of the lipstick. This can give it extra shine, or add more dimension to the color. In addition, it can help to make the lip color last longer; generally, only the lip gloss will need to be reapplied throughout the day, not the lipstick. Experts often recommend that you should make either the eyes or the lips dramatic, but not both; for instance, if you apply lipstick in a dark, eye catching shade, keep the eye makeup more neutral for a pretty, natural look.
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The term “lipstick base” can be used to describe two different products. The first type of base is also known as lip primer, and it is a neutral-colored cosmetic that is applied to the lips beforelipstick, lip liner, or lip gloss. The other type of lipstick base is a substance that is used to make lipsticks, balms, or lip glosses. Manufacturers or individuals who want to make their own lip cosmetics can add various pigments to the base and then pack them into a tube, jar, or other container for later use.
Both makeup artists and individuals who wear color lip cosmetics use lipstick base for several different purposes. The first is to provide a matte surface for a gloss or lipstick to cling to, as this can make the lip color last longer, resulting in less need for reapplication during the day or evening. It can also discourage lipstick from smearing or feathering into the tiny lines around the mouth, which can greatly detract from its wearer's appearance.
It is also possible to use lipstick base to change the appearance of a person's lips. The user or a makeup artist can select a base that matches the wearer's skin tone so as to obscure the natural lip line. The makeup artist or user can then use a lip pencil to modify the lip line before filling it in with lipstick or gloss. In some cases, a lipstick base may be formulated as a lip plumper that encourages temporary swelling of the lips, creating a fuller mouth. This technique is typically not suited for daytime, however, as it may give the user a heavily made-up look.
Cosmetic companies and do-it-yourself makeup enthusiasts make use of lipstick bases when producing lip cosmetics. The formulation of a lipstick base will differ by manufacturer, but may include thickeners and waxes that provide texture to lip cosmetics. The base may also include oils as moisturizers along with vitamins and antioxidants that act as preservatives while also providing further protection for the lips. Some producers may sell lipstick base only to commercial manufacturers, while others will sell this product to anyone who is interested in making her own cosmetics. The lipstick base may be sold on its own or as part of a lipstick-making kit along with pigments that can be blended into the base to make custom lip colours.
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Long-lasting lipstick is a cosmetic that is intended to stay in place for long periods of time, usually from 12 to 18 hours. While most lipstick is easily smudged or removed by activities such as eating, drinking, and kissing, long-lasting lipstick is formulated to stand up even through such activities. This lipstick is usually sold in packaged with two tubes of cosmetic. The cosmetic that should be applied first is the one that is tinted. Once the lipstick has been applied and allowed to set, the second cosmetic, a clear gloss, is applied.
Lasting cosmetics are often quite useful for theatrical makeup and makeup used on film sets. This is because the makeup will last even if the actor or actress spends hours under hot stage lights or has to film a scene that takes place in the rain. These kinds of cosmetics are also useful in daily life for women who prefer not to have to re-apply their makeup.
This kind of lipstick comes in an array of colors just like other, more common types of lipstick. Unlike other types of lip cosmetic, however, long-lasting lipstick is almost always completely opaque and rarely comes in sheer varieties. lt is a useful cosmetic for a number of reasons. First of all, it is unlikely to come off on clothing, creating accidental stains. Also, it will not transfer onto the skin of another person during kissing, which is a benefit for women whose partners prefer not to get lipstick prints all over their faces.
One of the drawbacks to long-lasting lipstick is that it can be difficult to remove. Sometimes it will even remain on the lips overnight. Most kinds of long-lasting lipstick will dissolve when treated with oil. This means that sometimes, while eating oily foods, the lipstick will come off. In order to remove the lipstick, one can use an oil-based cosmetic remover or simply a cotton ball that has been dampened with jojoba oil or olive oil.
Long-lasting lipstick does not re-apply well. If there is already one coat of the lipstick on the lips, another coat layered on top may create an uneven or caked-on look. For this reason, if the first layer begins to wear off, it is best to completely remove it before applying another layer. One of the best ways to make sure that the first layer does not begin to wear off is to maintain a layer of clear gloss on top of it. This will protect the first layer and keep it intact.
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Metallic lipstick is a shiny cosmetic product applied to the lips. Like other lipstick, metalliclipstick is meant to enhance or completely change one’s lip color. It comes in many colors from delicate cream or pink to harsh charcoal, but most metallic lipsticks are sold as such due to their silvery pearlescent finish or luster. Dubbed metallic lip color due to its tinny or chrome-like look, this type of lipstick ranges from subtle to extreme. Whether nude or harsh in color, such lipsticks have pigments or emollients in them, and occasionally tiny flecks of metal that give of the metallic sheen.
Consumers should be aware that occasionally these types of lipstick appear to be very metallic in the tube, while only slightly shimmery on the lips. When shopping for metallic lipstick, it’s best to try it out in the store before purchasing. Customers should rub some on a cotton swab and apply it to the lips, checking its appearance in various lights at the makeup counter and beside a window. Fluorescent lights can make the metallic shine in a different way than natural sunlight would. If one only plans to wear the lipstick to a dark bar, of course, the natural sunlight wouldn’t be a very good judge.
Wearing metallic lipstick has been an underground trend since approximately the 1980s, becoming popular again every couple of years. Known as a heavier style of makeup, this type of lipstick is often paired with smoky or brightly coloured eye shadows, thick black eyeliner, and caked-on foundation or powder for the appearance of smooth skin. Paired with neon or black, metallic lip colours can either match or offset an outfit choice.
Often associated with the culture of ravers and teenyboppers, one group of people that set off the trend of metallic lipstick in the early 21st century is the “ganguros.” The term ganguro signifies the trendy culture of tan and bleached-blonde Japanese women who wore bright makeup including metallic lipstick. Although this type of lip product is often associated with such wearers, women don’t need a reason to wear it — light pastel metallic lipsticks are popular choices for both day and evening cosmetics.
Although metallic lip products come in many forms, including tubes, mini jars, liquid glosses, or roller ball applicators, metallic lipstick is generally approximately finger-size and comes in a tube that can be rotated to reveal the fresh lipstick. Although it can have moisturizing properties similar to that of a medicated lip balm, not all metallic lipsticks do. While such lipsticks may be sold by pricey cosmetic companies or inexpensive drug store brands, these lip products can rub or wear off with time, much like any other lip product.
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Organic lipstick substitutes natural pigments, oils, and butters for many of the toxic ingredients found in traditional lip makeup. Conventional lip pigments usually derive their hues from synthetic colors mixed in heavy waxes and preserved by parabens, which are chemicals that have been shown in medical studies to cause cancer in some animals. Concern for health and the environment are two reasons that might be compelling the expansion of organic lipstickofferings around the world. These environmentally-friendly lip stains have become part of an emerging green cosmetics trend.
The color for organic lipstick comes from fruits and flowers. These pigments are typically mixed with coconut, castor, and palm oil. Solid moisturizers like cocoa butter and shea butter are often added to give the signature clay-like lipstick texture that can be molded into the tubular shape that is typical for lipsticks. These butters also help the color adhere to lips.
Petrolatum, a staple of most mainstream lipsticks, is absent from organic varieties because some manufacturers are concerned about studies suggesting petroleum, the precursor of petrolatum, is toxic. Ingredient lists for organic lipsticks also show the absence of chemical tar-based colors and aluminum, which research suggests has a possible link to Alzheimer’s disease. Some consumers have been concerned that such toxins can leach from their lips into foods and drinks.
Government tests showing an increasing presence of lead in lipsticks have resulted in many organic lipstick makers advertising that they are 100-percent lead free. Most organic lipsticks also advertise that they are gluten-free for those who have allergies. Soy-free is another common claim on organic lipsticks when manufacturers wish to address consumer concerns about the possible risk of brain ailments and thyroid problems linked to soy. Most governments do not investigate the veracity of these claims.
Flower blooms and berries yield a wide enough range of natural dyes that organic lipsticks generally do not result in a lack of lip color choices. Most manufacturers typically offer groups of red, purple, brown and pink organic lipstick shades to closely rival selections in traditional lipsticks. The lip colors generally have much more moisture than regular lipsticks due to the addition of natural oils and butters; however, this also means that color might fade faster and that organic lipstick will have to be reapplied throughout the day. Lips lack their own source of moisture, however, so many people believe lips become healthier from the use of moisturizing, organic lipsticks. Infections and bacteria can enter through cracks in poorly moisturized lips.
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Shimmer lipstick is a kind of lipstick that creates a shimmery finish on the lips when it is applied. This kind of lipstick can be deep in color but have a shimmering finish, or it can be a rather nude color that uses the shimmer alone to play up the lips. The difference between shimmer lipstick and lipstick that simply has a shiny finish is that shimmer lipstick often has flecks of cosmetic-grade glitter or even mica mixed in that reflect light and give a shimmering look to the lips.
Almost any kind of lipstick, with the right finish, can be a shimmer lipstick. The only exception is matte lipstick. Matte lipstick is defined by an even finish that has no shine, which is much different than the kind of finish that is standard for a shimmer lipstick.
A product that is similar to shimmer lipstick is shimmer gloss. Instead of coming in a solid form like lipstick, gloss comes in the form of a viscous liquid. It is applied using a wand that has a soft, felt-like tip. In some cases, but not many, shimmer gloss comes in a tube that is applied to the lips by being squeezed on to them or rolled on to them with a roller ball applicator. Shimmer gloss may or may not have a tint to it. However, it can be formulated in a way so that it creates a shimmering finish on the lips.
Shimmer lipstick can be used to create a number of looks with cosmetics. It can be used to create dramatic, even vampy evening looks when it is paired with smokey eye makeup, lashes that have been lengthened with dark mascara, and rouge. It can be used for light, natural day looks when it is paired with a light foundation or powder, just a touch of color on the cheeks, and eyes that are just barely accented with mascara and eyeliner. It is a very versatile product that can be used in many ways.
Depending on the finish of shimmer lipstick, it may need regular reapplication. Highly glossy varieties of the lipstick often have a wetter finish and wear down or rub off more easily. Less glossy varieties are often better at staying on the lips and therefore require less regular reapplication. Choice between finishes has to do with aesthetic preferences and whether one is willing to be bothered with regular reapplication.
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Matte lipstick is a type of cosmetic application for lips which is known for its ability to last all day and its lack of shine. Matte lipstick has gone through periods of popularity since it became common for women to wear lipstick in the early 1900s. Although there hasn’t been a hard rule, matte lipstick is usually preferred by younger women. The long-lasting nature of matte lipstickcreates a drying effect which isn’t usually preferred by older women who tend to have dry skin. Additionally, it does not work well on the chapped lips of women of any age because it doesn’t contain any emollients, which are responsible for moisturizing the skin.
The first molded lip color in a stick form was developed around 900 A.D. by Abu al-Quasim al-Zahrwai, who was a Muslim from the Andalusia area of Spain. Modern day lipsticks are tubes of wax that have been molded and have oils and color added to them. Other additives differ based on the type of lipstick. Although beeswax is the most popular wax used in making lipstick, paraffin wax and carnauba wax is also used. Olive oil, castor oil, lanolin oil, cocoa butter and fat extracted from the brain of a cow are the most common types of oils and fats used to manufacture lipstick.
The low ratio of oil to wax in matte lipstick gives it its dull finish. Those who choose to wear matte lipstick will typically only find it available in rich and dark hues. Pigmentation for lipstickcomes from a variety of natural and synthetic substances, which can include things such as the crushed shells of beetles, plant material and minerals such as lead and iron.
In addition to matte lipstick, there are three other types of lipstick that are made with different combinations of wax, oil, pigment and other additives. Lipsticks which contain a lot of oil and are very shiny are called gloss or glossy lipsticks. Because they come in lighter colors, gloss lipsticks are sometimes used in conjunction with matte lipsticks so the person wearing them can have rich color that is shiny too.
Crème lipsticks have more oil that matte lipsticks and less oil than gloss. They also contain more wax than matte lipsticks, so they tend to protect lips better. Many women prefer crèmes because they fall in the middle of mattes and glosses and come in both light and dark colors. Shimmer lipsticks are crème or shiny lipsticks that contain particles that reflect light, such as synthetic pearls, mica or fish scales.
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