I’ve done a couple heavy posts lately, so I thought I’d lighten the blog up a bit this weekend with a make-up tips I learned as a model post. A nice idea since I will be drawing the winner of the Joy the Baker cookbook giveaway, and Joy mentions in her blog bio that “I really suck at wearing lipstick.” So, here are my “make your lipstick stick tricks” Joy (and anyone else interested that might be reading this blog post).

Lipstick tips

Jewels lipstick tips

Doing make-up that looks great really isn’t that different to baking something that tastes great. You start out

sharpener, lipstick, brush and pencil

The tools - sharpener, lipstick, brush, pencil

with your ingredients (in this instance a good pencil sharpener, lipstick), mix in a few flavors, apply a modicum of technique, and follow the directions.

Tatjana and I putting on lipstick

Teaching Tatjana to line the lips for shape

1). Start by outlining the outer curves of you lips with a sharpened lip liner the same color, or one shade darker than your lipstick (the darker shade can give your lips the illusion of being fuller once it is all blended together properly, but you don’t want one too dark or the line will be obvious). Lining the lips gives them shape, but in a slightly more solid medium than the lipstick itself – which helps cut back on the color smudging or bleeding.

Filling in between the lines

Filling in between the lines

2). Use a lip brush. Yes, you can apply by using the lipstick directly on the lips, but a lip brush helps you fill in between those lines so much more accurately, and it will help you blend at the same time without making it look like a toddler did your make-up with finger paints.

Blotting lipstick helps keep the color from bleeding
Blotting lipstick helps keep the color from bleeding

3). Be sure to blot off any excess. This will also prevent smudges and bleeding.

Set the undercoat with powder

Powder to set the color

4). Lightly pat with powder. This sets the color so that it lasts much longer. Don’t worry about your lips looking dull, because….

Final coat of lipstick

Touch up the color

5). You wil be lightly touching up the lipstick after powdering using your lip brush yet again. Then comes my favorite trick (sorry, I was unsuccessful photographing it, so I’ll have to describe instead).

Lipstick ready

Lipstick ready for the evening

6). Remember Aunt Agnes who looked as though she had been eating her lipstick with stains all over her teeth? Place one of your index fingers in the middle of your mouth, pucker and bare down on the finger with your newly painted liips, and slowly pull the finger out. Now smile worry (and stain) free! What make-up tricks do you have up your sleeve? Come on, share in the comments section below!

PS. The winner of the Joy the Baker Cookbook give-away will be announced on my Facebook page on Monday! Good luck everyone, and please be sure to “like” me while you’re there.

« Previous PostNext Post »
  • March 31, 2012
    11:31 am

    Beautiful pics as always! You have the lips people would sell their kidney for, lady! You are truly someone after my own heart with the MAC products… what colour is that lipstick?!

    Can’t wait to see who wins the cookbook and I hope I followed all steps properly! LOL

    Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    11:46 am

    I was gonna ask the same thing – that color is right up my alley!

    Thank you so much for the tips!! Please tell me you will be doing a foundation and/or blush tips one too??

    Oh, and eyeliner, and mascara, and…..

    Reply
    • March 31, 2012
      11:49 am

      Great minds think alike – I was thinking foundation next.

      Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    5:14 pm

    I’d eat my lips if I tried these remedies…

    Reply
    • March 31, 2012
      5:53 pm

      Hahaha I was thinking the very exact same thing!

      Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    11:37 am

    Funny you should mention that Rachel – I always used their Viva Glam shades because a percentage at least used to go to AIDS research (I lost a lot of friends to that wretched disease), and that particular one has always been my favorite – it’s called Amorous. I’m almost out, so I went to buy a new one the other day, and they discontinued that color, grrrrrrrrrrrr!!! They also discontinued the pencil which was called quartz.

    Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    11:44 am

    I have no tips to share, but if you have any tips for concealing dark under-eye circles, I’d love to hear them! I currently use foundation followed by concealer and powder, and they almost work, but not quite.

    I’m generally not in favour of Botox and other injectables, but if one of them could get rid of these circles, I’d seriously consider it!

    Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    11:45 am

    I’m a confessed beauty product & routine junkie! Great tips. I’ve never applied powder to my lips. I’ll give that a go for sure. Lipstains are great products too, for a quick, failprool, pop of color. If your lips are chapped, try making a paste of white sugar and water. Gently exfoliate your lips with it to get them soft & smooth before adding color. Thanks Jewels!

    Reply
    • March 31, 2012
      11:48 am

      Wow – that is a GREAT tip in dealing with chapped lips Kim – I LOVE it, and will definitely be giving it a go. My lips aren’t too bad since being in LA, but every time I go somewhere cold they feel like they might just peel off my face altogether.

      Reply
    • April 4, 2012
      3:14 pm

      Wow that is a great tip for chapped lips! I have had chronic chapped lips my entire life! My mom used to hang one of those candy flavored chap-sticks around my neck when I was a kid.(so embarrassing)I will have to try that paste when I go out.

      Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    11:48 am

    Try buying the discontinued products on Amazon or Ebay…. :)

    Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    11:49 am

    Ooh, thanks. You say you should pat it on. Maybe that’s what I’ve been dong wrong then. I tend to rub the concealer into my skin.

    Reply
    • March 31, 2012
      11:54 am

      Oh no – the tissue under the skin there is really delicate – you do not want to rub it or you could age faster! Also, they do make concealer brushes. I should probably be using one, but have personally never bothered because I do concealer first, then foundation to blend it all together properly.

      Reply
      • March 31, 2012
        12:14 pm

        I just tried it and my dark circles do look a lot less prominent! I also washed all my sorely neglected make-up brushes so I can try it using the proper tools next time!

        I feel your pain about MAC discontinuing products. I have this knack for falling in love with products that discontinued, especially lipsticks and lip gloss.

      • March 31, 2012
        12:17 pm

        Steph – see Kim Cuccia’s comment below – I just bought the discintinued lipstick on Ebay for much less than in the shop!

  • March 31, 2012
    11:49 am

    Brilliant – I’m ON it!

    Reply
    • March 31, 2012
      11:51 am

      Except I don’t recommend anyone using used make-up. Germs, ew! Never use those testers in make-up departments anywhere but on your wrists to see how the color looks on you, and wash of immediately after.

      Reply
      • March 31, 2012
        12:03 pm

        If you’re really polite to the staff at the makeup counter, they will most likely give you a sealed, mimiature, sample. Samples come with each shipment, but in limited supply.They’re given to regulars and curteous customers…. Im an ex Lancome’ girl.

      • March 31, 2012
        12:17 pm

        I GOT it! Thank you, Kim!

  • March 31, 2012
    11:53 am

    Thankful for this, Jewels. The pic of you and Tatjana is precious.

    Reply
    • March 31, 2012
      11:57 am

      Hideous of me, but such a precious moment I couldn’t resist sharing it. Nothing like photos to let you time-travel in your mind and memory. Sometimes remembering those sweet sweet moments helps brighten the current one.

      Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    12:05 pm

    Concealer :) … A trick I picked up at the Vancouver Film School.. Put foundation on first in only the areas you need coverage.. and blend.. if you still need concealer (under eyes, around nose, on blemishes) use a small brush and with the tiniest amount of concealer tap it onto the problem areas… For correcting brown marks use a ‘pink’ tinted concealer, for correcting blue marks (i.e. the corners of your eyes) use an orange tinted concealer and for correcting red or pink areas use a yellow tinted concealer… (green doesn’t work!)…. Ben Nye do a great palette of these colours.. and you really only use the tiniest amount :)

    Reply
    • March 31, 2012
      12:07 pm

      Really interesting and great tips Louisah!

      Reply
      • March 31, 2012
        2:23 pm

        I start with concealer.. the tiniest amounts and 9 times out of 10 I don’t need foundation :) .. just set with powder..add a rosie blusher and whoosh!.. good to go :) .. love my Grandma’s tip of using your favourite lipstick as blusher and on your eyelids.. blend blend blend.. and rosie complexion emerges :)

      • April 2, 2012
        9:12 am

        My face would break out with lipstick on my cheeks, but I have used my powder bronzer as an eye shadow as well when traveling light.

  • March 31, 2012
    1:04 pm

    One tip I’ve found quite useful is for using liquid eyeliner ~ start your line in the middle of upper lash line, drawing out; then line from the inner corner towards the middle until the lines meet! It’s the easiest way for me to make that thin line.

    Reply
    • March 31, 2012
      1:18 pm

      Dissuaded-that’s a great tip! I use liquid liner exclusively and always struggle with getting my lines to be uniform and neat.

      This will definitely help!

      Reply
      • March 31, 2012
        1:19 pm

        Sorry for the misspelling of your name, my iPad autocorrected on me and I didn’t catch it – I’m so sorry!!!

  • March 31, 2012
    1:20 pm

    My hands have never been steady enough to use liquid liner – you’ll only see that on me if someone else does it!

    Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    1:44 pm

    Instead of making the scrub with sugar and water, use brown sugar with sweet almond oil or extra virgin olive oil and not only will your lips be exfoliated, but will be moisturized and soft as well. ;-)

    Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    2:11 pm

    I love all of these home remedies involving food and beauty!

    Reply
  • April 1, 2012
    12:05 am

    To avoid those accidental slips & jabs in the eye with mascara wands (ouch!), I simply hold the wand still & blink (enough times to coat my lashes). Voila! Pain-free application… ;)

    Reply
    • April 2, 2012
      9:17 am

      I’m not sure blinking mascara on is a great idea – it would be very easy to accidentally blink the wand into the eye, and some mascaras might have more flakes drop off on your skin that way. Just hold your eye open, and apply from base of lashes out.

      Reply
      • April 2, 2012
        10:16 am

        The way I apply mascara in order to keep it off my skin is I hold my hand mirror outward and down at about chin level and look down at the mirror and raise my eyebrows then apply the mascara. This method isolates the lashes from everything else. I’m not sure raising the eyebrows does any good but it is a habit I have had for years. LOL

  • April 1, 2012
    1:13 pm

    I spy Dior Addict lip maximizer in that photo!! I never leave home without mine! lol

    Reply
  • April 1, 2012
    7:06 am

    Dear Julie Anne,

    Great tips will try it soon ! :) ) Err how about tips for applying mascara ? I’ve been unlucky with this thing which is sadly because I think it’s one of the essential in make-up.. It’s always smudging, and falling to the dark circles area.. Please help :(

    Thanks,

    Tina

    Reply
    • April 2, 2012
      9:17 am

      Oops – Tina, look at my response above.

      Reply
  • April 1, 2012
    9:38 am

    Steph, I have undereye circles and have tried a gazillion products. Finally, I came upon Laura Mercier brand Secret Concealer (I have pale skin so I use shade #1). It is the first product that has ever actually worked. It’s very creamy & glides on smoothly. It doesn’t show up in creases as much as other products did. I love it!

    Reply
    • April 1, 2012
      6:39 pm

      Thanks Jen! I’ll look it up!

      Reply
      • April 2, 2012
        9:18 am

        I’m going to check that out next time I buy make-up too. I love Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.

  • April 2, 2012
    9:19 am

    Well spotted, madame!

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012
    9:39 am

    I can honestly say the only color I truly miss is from Chanel (go back to ’95): Vamp for the lips and nails.
    And the one thing I can’t live with out makeup wise is my Origins foundation. Some of the makeup out there scares me with their toxins.

    Reply
    • April 2, 2012
      9:44 am

      The truth is I wear make-up so rarely (only on the rare evening out on the town, almost never during the day), so I’m not overly concerned – the air I breathe and water I drink living in LA concerns me more. People keep writing to me about the toxins in make-up, but truthfully, I have not had time to follow the news on this subject enough to write about it, so if any of you who have, would like to write a guest blog post on the subject I would gladly consider posting it. Just send it to guestblogforjewels at gmail dot com.

      BTW, Carly – I loved Vamp too!

      Reply
      • April 4, 2012
        9:26 am

        I am such a huge advocate of non toxic products. If people realized that parabens exist in breast cancer. To me this is a loaded “weapon” for anyone. I contact companies about why they approach products with these toxins but never get a reply. Reason being that it’s about the almighty $$. I spent $40 on Proactiv stuff for my teen, but almost immediately dumped out as soon as I realized what was in it. And I don’t know if I said this before to you but @ my husband’s (a kitchen man./chef) work there is a company that comes in to pick up the big vats of cooking grease (mind you this is a BIG meat restaurant) and Brent asked one day what they do with the barrels. The guy told him the nastiness gets skimmed for things like makeup, etc. Definitely makes you think twice…

  • April 10, 2012
    9:48 am

    You look old…

    Reply
    • April 10, 2012
      9:53 am

      And your problem with that is what exactly? Yes, I am older every year, and so are you. Behind every wrinkle is a world of experience that makes us, at least SOME of us, better people. So, again I ask, what is your problem with “you look old”?

      Reply
  • April 14, 2012
    9:53 am

    Rio, The underlying immaturity you are showing isn’t cool. What if Tatjana reads it and finds it offensive cause that’s her mom? There is a much nicer way to say to someone they are aging, gracefully or not. Everyone has an opinion and are entitled to it but some people have no compassion for others feelings in this day and age. I am gonna be 40 in less than 2 yrs and whenever I do get a wrinkle I will make sure and post a photo to show I’ve earned it. Lol, @ my age I get mistaken as my 17 & 18 yr old daughters friend or sister. Yep, I love being “old” too.

    Reply
  • April 14, 2012
    9:58 am

    If I could go back to looking like I did in my 20′s or 30′s, but had to feel like I did on the inside vs. today? I’ll take experience, self esteem, and happiness over youth any day!

    Reply
    • April 14, 2012
      12:34 pm

      Amen to that Jewels. So true:)

      Reply
  • July 24, 2012
    1:47 pm

    Jewels,

    Just wanted to let you know that MAC Amorous lipstick is on the MAC website. :-) I just read this post and was placing an order and it is there. Thought you might like to know.

    Lisa

    Reply
  • December 26, 2012
    3:07 am

    White or brown sugar and mixed with a tiny bit of cream cleanser makes the best exfoliant for use in the morning because your cheeks just glow. And it’s the cheapest mix around. I use a tiny bit of rosehip oil for moisture at night…great for wrinkles under the eyes…love the home facial recipies.

    Reply
    • December 26, 2012
      8:13 am

      Such a fabulous tip Elizabeth! Home facial recipes are the best.

      Reply
  • March 31, 2012
    11:46 am

    Here you go Steph – click on this link http://personalchefapproach.com/2011/02/making-up-is-not-hard-to-do-make-up-tips.html

    Reply

Leave a Reply

You can use these tags: <a href=""> <strong> <em> <del>