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There are several different ways to match your lipstick with your lip liner color, and each method will give you a slightly different look. For deeper lipstick colors, look for a liner that is one to two shades darker for the best color payoff. When you’re creating a lighter or nude lip, opt for a lip liner color that is slightly lighter to reduce the impact of your natural lip color. If you’re using a product that is sheer or you want to achieve a wash of color, choose a liner that is a close match to your natural lips. In the event that you want to alter the shade of the lipstick that you are using, choose a liner accordingly.
Lip liner is essential when creating a darker lip, as it can prevent the lipstick from bleeding outside of the lip line and can help the color to last longer. Opt for a lip liner color that is slightly darker than the lipstick that you are using. This will help the product to appear true-to-color on your lips, as well as make it easier to create a distinct edge for the color, which can help to prevent feathering. Only go lighter than the lipstick if you want to tone down the end color, or if you are going for more of a stain rather than a deep, finished lip.
When it comes to light lipsticks, the end look can often appear as a wash of color rather than a truly light lip. Typically, this occurs when your natural lip color is darker than the lipstick that you are using. If this is the case, choose a lip liner that is one shade lighter than the lipstick, as this will help to create a lighter base, reducing the impact that your natural coloring has on the finished look, letting the lipstick’s color come through fully.
A lip liner in a shade that is a perfect match to your bare lips is one of the best products that you can add to your makeup collection. A nude lip liner color will provide you with all of the benefits of using a liner, such as increased staying power for your lipstick, without having much of an effect on your lipstick’s color; for day-to-day looks, this is usually ideal. You can achieve the same look of applying a quick swipe of lipstick, which is often most natural-looking, while still limiting the amount of times that you have to touch-up your makeup throughout the day.
Lip liner can also be used to change the color of your lipstick. If this is your intent, choose a liner that has the shades or tones that you want in your lipstick. This can be especially helpful if you purchase a product and, upon taking it home, realize that it doesn’t suit you. For example, if you are looking to warm up a too-cool red lipstick, choose a lip liner color that has a peach or even orange undertone. You can deepen a lighter pink with a red lip liner, or tone down a brownlipstick with a plum or cool red liner. Changing your lip liner and lipstick combination can give you endless color options when it comes to your makeup.
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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-coloured cosmetic that is applied to the lips before lipstick, 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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Using sunscreen is almost always the first suggestion proposed by dermatologists and skin cancer researchers. They also agree that wearing sunscreen on the lips is extremely important as the lips have little or no natural protection from the sun. Wearing a lipstick with SPF can provide the protection that your lips need to fend off premature aging and skin cancer from sun exposure.
As a general rule, try to buy lipstick with SPF 15 or higher for adequate sun protection. This rule actually applies to other cosmetics as well. Foundations, moisturizers, and cosmetic facial powders with sun protection of at least SPF 15 can all help protect the skin from sun damage.
Opaque lipstick is more likely to provide greater protection against the sun than clear or translucent lip glosses. Even if an individual does not wish to wear a bold lip color on an everyday basis, a nude, lip-colored opaque lipstick might be a better choice to shield the lips from the sun. Lip balms sometimes offer SPF as well, and can be used in place of more noticeable lip color. Men, as well as women who do not wear heavier lipsticks and lip glosses, might benefit from these lip balms with sunscreen.
Dermatologists do recommend avoiding applying very shiny, clear lip gloss to bare lips. The clear, shiny glosses tend to direct sunlight to the lips and increase the likelihood of sun damage occurring to the lips. For those who do not wish to part with the look of shiny lip glosses, the damage can be minimized by layering the lip gloss on top of an opaque lipstick with SPF. This lipstick can be a nude lip color to maintain the look of bare lips underneath the shiny gloss while still providing protection from the sun.
Wearing a lipstick with SPF should provide adequate protection for everyday wear, but it is important to step up the sun protection if an extended day in the sun is planned. Some sunscreens are made specifically for use on the delicate skin of the lips and offer a higher SPF than a lipstick. If possible, apply the sunscreen to the lips first before layering on a lipstick with SPF to maximize lip protection. As with sunscreen on the rest of the body, it is important to reapply every couple of hours, especially when swimming, sweating, or doing any other activities that may remove the sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness.
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How a person treats dark lips depends largely on the cause of the discoloration, but simple techniques that often work are using an SPF lip balm, quitting or changing lipsticks and similar products, staying more hydrated and exfoliating away dull, dead skin. Visiting medical professionals can help, as well, because they can diagnose and treat underlying causes. Lifestyle and dietary changes, natural or commercial lightening products, medical cosmetics and permanent makeup are additional solutions.
Although some people have naturally dark lips because of genetics, other factors also can contribute to a deepening color over time. One of the most common is getting too much sun — the ultraviolet radiation triggers cells called melanocytes to produce more melanin, or pigment. Some cosmetics are problematic because they contain dyes and other chemicals that can cause dryness, irritation or mild contact dermatitis. Excessive dryness, which can happen because of the environmental factors, not drinking enough water or habits such as breathing through the mouth is another issue linked to darkening, because it causes dead skin cells to build up and hide the real, lighter pink shade underneath.
Certain medical problems such as anemia, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances also can influence pigment production and the availability of hemoglobin, the compound that gives blood its red color and carries oxygen through the body. Lifestyle choices can produce an unwanted coloring, as well. Smoking, for example, can cause a condition known as smoker’s melanosis, because nicotine stimulates the melanocytes in the tissue that lines the mouth. Using products such as coffee or tea in high amounts is a problem, as well, because they contain caffeine, which restricts blood flow. Drugs, including prescription medications, can be another cause of darkening.
Lip Balm Use
With sun exposure being one of the main reasons for darkening, in some cases, the simplest solution is to start wearing a basic lip balm that offers a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. In general, a minimalistic product with few ingredients is best. Shea butter and coconut oil are two examples of natural substances with some ability to block ultraviolet radiation.
Lipsticks and similar items usually are problematic when they are from less-than-reputable companies, or when their age has allowed some breakdown of their ingredients. It isn’t necessary to stop these products altogether, but it’s a good idea for a person to throw out old ones and to look for versions with ingredients that work with her skin type. It’s also beneficial to remove them when they aren’t really necessary, such as when relaxing at home.
Discolouration that happens because of dryness has several solutions, the first being to remove or adjust environmental factors, such as air conditioning. From there, the next step is to get more fluids, preferably plain water. Not all of it has to come from drinks, because many foods, such as watermelon and lettuce, contain a high percentage of water. Some foods, drinks and medications can have a diuretic effect, so it might be necessary to take in more fluids when using these items. Intake also should increase the more exercise someone does, because moisture is lost when a person sweats, aiding cooling through evaporation.
Another tip is to apply a natural lip balm or oil. These products form a protective barrier against the environment, sealing in moisture. Many also penetrate the upper layers of skin, softening them and preventing the irritation and cracking that sometimes can cause discoloration.
The buildup of dead skin cells can cause lips to look dull and slightly darker, so regular, gentle exfoliation sometimes can yield improvements in appearance. Moisturizing first makes it much easier to remove the cells, and it makes irritation less likely. One of the best times to exfoliate is while in the shower, using a clean, soft washcloth or even the fingertips. Some people like to make a naturally antibacterial scrub from honey, sugar and olive oil. The newly exposed layers of skin usually are sensitive, so it’s important to protect them afterward by putting on some SPF lip balm or other moisturizer.
Medical Treatment and Consultation
Sometimes the only solution for dark lips is to visit a medical professional. He or she can perform a basic examination or run specific tests to determine whether the cause is biological or from a current treatment. Once the cause is identified, making a progressive health plan becomes possible. Getting better might include starting or stopping a medication, changing diet or undergoing additional procedures.
When the cause of lip darkening is because of habits like smoking or caffeine use, quitting the behaviors sometimes can prevent the problem from getting worse or allow some degree of reversal. Frequently, this is a matter of willpower and consciously changing what a person does, such as purposely selecting water over coffee. Physical addiction sometimes is involved, however, which complicates the issue. Symptoms of withdrawal such as headaches and shakiness might occur, and in some cases, it is necessary to seek rehabilitation treatment. Many medical experts recommend slowly weaning off products when dependence is present, because quitting all at once or going “cold turkey” can be extremely hard on the body.
What a person eats ties directly to physical processes, so making dietary changes sometimes can correct the nutritional deficiencies or imbalances that directly or indirectly connect to lip color. A varied diet that includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and lean meats such as fish and chicken usually improves health. Foods with Vitamin C such as kale, oranges and chili or bell peppers are especially good choices, because this substance is known to reduce melanin production. Balance is still important, however, because the amount of one chemical in the body often influences levels of another, and because even necessary nutrients can be toxic at extremely high doses.
General Lightening Products
For some individuals, the best option to use a natural or commercial lightening product. Lemon juice is well known as a chemical exfoliant that has bleaching properties. Milk and yogurt are also good for removing cells because they contain lactic acid. Experts recommend using potato slices or pastes, as well, because this vegetable contains the lightening enzyme, catecholase.
Many different commercial lightening creams and gels are available, many of which are available over the counter. Others require a prescription because of their strength or because one or more ingredients they contain are regulated. In many cases, these products should be a last resort, because they can have potentially harmful side effects. Hydroquinone, for example, has long been criticized as a potential carcinogen, endocrine system disrupter and neurotoxin. Even “safe” versions usually are not intended for long-term use.
Medical Cosmetics and Tattooing
Some cosmetics, including lipsticks, are formulated with ingredients designed to treat a variety of skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation. These medical-grade products can be a very convenient and aesthetically pleasing way to hide and treat the darkening at the same time. Another alternative is cosmetic tattooing, also known as permanent makeup. Only a trained, qualified and certified tattoo artist or technician should perform this procedure, and although the coloring can fade over time, there’s no good way to reverse it.
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Balm is defined as a medicated ointment that can be used to soothe or resolve skin issues. Lip balm in particular may come in small round jars, or in cylinders like those used in Chap Stick®. In many cases, it may be applied with the fingers from small jars and is used to help soothe chapped or sunburned lips. This differs from the more oily lip gloss, which may contain color or glitter, and is used to give the lips a shiny appearance.
Not all lip balm is equally effective. Many are made with infusions of natural herbs like mint or chamomile. Some lip balms can calm down or prevent chapping. Some also offer sunscreen to prevent sun damage.
Lip balm may not have much effect if chapped lips are related to other problems. For example, chapped lips may be indication of anemia, and any lip product will have little affect on this problem. People who are chronically dehydrated will also not see much change when using lip balm, because what they really need to do is to drink more fluids.
Some lip glosses can also be medicated and soothe chapped lips. Primarily, however, their goal is to provide an esthetically pleasing look to the mouth, which a lip balm does not provide. A lip gloss with Vitamin E or aloe vera may be soothing as well as pretty. It may not address severe chapping problems. Some people wear lip gloss over balm to hide the waxy appearance of the balm.
Some lipsticks may also function as a lip balm. Unlike lip gloss they tend to be opaque, rather than transparent. They may also contain Vitamin E or supplements to help keep the lips moist. Not all lipsticks provide this. In fact some have a primary ingredient of alcohol in them, which tends to dry out the lips.
If chapped lips are the result of cold sores, one should not reuse lip balm after a cold sore has resolved. One should especially not share products with a friend, especially if one gets cold sores. These are usually a form of herpes virus that can be passed to other people. If one develops a cold sore while using any type of lip product, be certain to discard the product so as not to reinfect the area.
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