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Belle de Jour Planner Giveaway (Part 3)*

Every week this month, I'll be giving away a Belle de Jour planner package! There will be two (2) winners this week. To join, follow my page on Facebook *here* and comment on the giveaway photo! Full mechanics are on there. Special thanks to Belle de Jour for the prizes!

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*This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents. Winners will be chosen and contacted by me through email/social media for their delivery details. Make sure the accounts you use to enter are accounts you check regularly!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

All About the Lips

Hi, everyone! Today, I want to talk to you about lips and lip colors.

Lip color can make or break a look. You have to choose a lip color that suits your skin tone and the look you're going for, of course.

I don't know about you but I feel more confident and more (errrrm) beautiful with "dark" lip colors on. And when I say "dark," I don't mean vampire-ish and gothic shades. I'm thinking of shades along the lines of Ever Bilena's Mirrored Mocha and Burgundy Shine, San San's creamy matte lipsticks... you get the idea? I'm not saying that I don't like wearing nude or MLBB (my-lips-but-better) shades, ok? It's just that there's something in darker lip colors that makes me feel more confident.

Take red lipsticks, for example. I'm not bold enough to sport deep red lips on a daily basis but I still try to from time to time. The thing with a red or any bold lip color is that it's fine on its own. I mean, you don't have to spend a lot of time to do your eyes when you have deep red lips on. The lips are a statement on their own. Wearing bold lip colors is one way to fierce-ify a look without spending a lot of time on the rest of your face.

Not so deep of a red but still red
Here are some tips in applying lipstick from fashion writer Camilla Morton, as seen in her book, "How to Walk in High Heels." If you're not familiar with this book, click *here* to read my review about it.

Pretty simple but really helpful tips. In addition to those tips, here are some more tricks I've learned.

1. Keep your lips moisturized by applying lip balm or lip moisturizers. I recommend applying the lip balm right before you start with your makeup routine to give enough time for it to be absorbed into the lips. That way, when it's time to apply lipstick or lipliner, your lips won't be too "slippery," if you know what I mean. You can try using tinted lip balms or those color-changing moisturizers for a sheer and natural color.

2. Try exfoliating your lips once in a while, too! I usually use the toothbrush method in exfoliating my lips but you can use a lip scrub, of course. If you want to know how you can make your own lip scrub using ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen, click on the following links :)

3. To make your lip color last longer on your lips, line and fill in your lips using a lipliner first. I find lipliners very useful in making sheer lipsticks look more opaque. A nude lipliner is a must-have, at least, for me, especially since I have uneven lip color. 

4. I recommend bringing your lipstick with you in your bag in case you need to retouch. Your lipstick will fade after several hours (unless it's really long-wearing, of course) and you wouldn't want your lipstick to fade and leave you with outlined bare lips, would you? That's also why I fill in and not only line my lips before applying lipstick.

5. If you feel that a lipstick is just too dark for the look you're going for, try to tone the color down using a lighter shade of lip gloss. This can work the other way around as well.

6. To give the lips more dimension, try wearing gradient lips.

See how the inner parts of my lips are coated with a slightly lighter shade than that on the outer parts? You can do it the other way around, too. For example, you can apply a lip stain on the inner parts of your lips and then just leave the rest bare or coated with a nude shade for a natural-looking, just-bitten look.

7. To make your lips appear fuller without using lip plumpers, you can try lining your lips a little beyond your natural lip line. Don't go overboard to avoid clown lips ;] You can also use a white eyeliner to highlight your cupid's bow. You can also try applying lipgloss over your lipstick, but only on the center part of the lips.

8. Don't throw away broken lipsticks because you can still save them. Click *here* to find out how! :)

I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful! If you have more tips to share, feel free to leave them as comments below! :D

I'm leaving you with some red-lipped vain shots. Haha. T_T

This is what red lips do to me O_O


  1. Sexy! I love red lipstick! =) And I agree w/you about the darker colors as well. Mocha colors are the best!

  2. Fierce and hot!!! :D I'm having a hard time wearing red lips as well as it takes time to find the right shade of red for differing skin tone. :)) So, I also rarely wear such lippies. :D

    Nice post Aya! :)

  3. I love fierce red lippies because you can get away with little eye makeup as possible.

  4. Yes! I prefer those shades than lighter ones :D

  5. True, true! Thanks Myrted :)

  6. Right! Perfect for nagmamadali-days :D

  7. I rarely wear red lipsticks but I do have very few, like 3? LOL! I don't know, maybe because majority of my classmates were boys and girls don't normally wear makeup. kaya pag nakared lipstick ako, feeling nila too much kahit wala akong makeup. kaloka! kaya i stick to nude and pink shades :)

  8. you looked hawt on the last few shots haha! lavet! agree with the post, i never get tired wearing red lipstick, the red lippy can really carry your whole look!:))

  9. i love darker-shade lipsticks, too! =)

  10. The best diy for lips :) BTW I'm having my first blog giveaway

  11. You have this red lipstick on one time that I really really liked. I think I commented on it or was it this one? =)

  12. Yeah, ganyan din sakin dati... di sanay. Hanggang ngayon di ako masyado nagrered... I lean towards dark pinks and brown-ish shades :D

  13. Right!!! :D Thanks Charles :)

  14. Thanks Nadine! Will definitely join :D

  15. yeah.. fierce and hot! love your helpful tips.. i'll take note of these..

    i am not so into red lippiess.. idk, hard to find my perfect shade, but currently loving my mac offshoot.. but i'm still in search for that perfect warm red lippie.. haha good luck to me!thanks for sharing aya loves!

  16. When yun dear? Hehe I don't remember wearing red sa meet-ups eh :) Hihi

  17. you look amazing beautiful!! I love fierce red lippies :)

  18. Hihi thanks! Good luck in finding your perfect red! :D

  19. The red lips really suit you. So sexy! =D

  20. "Lip color can make or break a look." -- I so agree with this! :) I have a big lipstick collection and I have tried a lot o different shades. I noticed that nude and peachy shades look better on me than the dark and bold ones :)
    I love this tips.. thank you for sharing them over <3

  21. love your makeup aya! very pretty! :D

  22. I'm still scared of re dlips... loved the tips though!

  23. Agreed! Lip color can make or break your look :)

    Btw, please join my blog giveaway! :)

  24. Yey! It's just a matter of finding the right shades for us :D Thank you, Rhea :)

  25. Thanks, Jenine! Will check it out :)

  26. darker shades suit you well since you have a very fair complexion unlike me. I dunno but red lipsticks just don't suite me. or so I thought. 

    I'm now using the Ever Bilena Matte lispstick in Off Beat Pink shade. It's nice but doesn't last long for me who likes drinking fruit juices  & water often. 

    thanks for the tip about exfoliating lips. I will try it this weekend. 

    by the way, can you recommend a very good lip balm/moisturizer? My lip color is uneven.

  27. You can try the EOS lip balm but that's expensive eh. Try the lip moisturizers/balms from Lip Ice, Myra or Nivea :)


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