Perfect Pout: lip products decoded

Friday, 20 April 2012

Perfect poutThese days getting the perfect pout isn’t as simple as applying your favourite lipstick. There’s a vast array of lip products out there and between plumper, primer and liquid lipstick – among others – deciding which products are for you takes a little know-how. We’ve simplified the process, taking a look at four products worthy of a spot in your make-up bag.


Lip primer is like foundation for your lips. You wear it under lipstick, lip liner or lip gloss to ‘prime’ your lips for the product you’re about to apply. It smoothes the lips and helps lipstick and lip gloss last longer while preventing feathering and smudging. Look for a primer with sunscreen and anti-ageing ingredients that will protect and nourish your lips while helping you make the most of your lipstick. Primer is especially useful if you’re wearing a dark or bright shade of lipstick, making it easier to apply and helping it wear more evenly. Try MAC Prep and Prime Lip, R160.


Lip plumper is exactly that: it plumps up your lips for a luscious pout – but naturally. It usually comes in tubes like a clear lip gloss and contains ingredients like mint or cinnamon that stimulate blood flow to the lips for a bee stung look. Like lip glosses, plumpers usually also contain light reflecting ingredients like mica (a shiny mineral) which help lips appear fuller. Clear lip plumper, like Perfect Pout by Pure Romance, R255, should be worn under lipstick or gloss, for plump, kissable lips.

Liquid lipstick:

Liquid lipstick falls somewhere between lipstick and lip gloss. Like gloss, you can apply it with a wand, your fingertip or straight from the tube. Liquid lipstick lasts much longer than lip gloss and also provides more colour. It’s lighter than traditional lipstick and it’s easier to apply – as with gloss, you won’t need a mirror when you touch it up. Liquid lipstick is shiny like gloss where some lipsticks are matte, so if you don’t like the glossy look you’d be better off sticking with traditional lipstick. We love Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick.

Lip scrub:

Lip scrub is an exfoliator specially designed for the delicate skin around the lips. It contains gentle, safe ingredients that you can use on the mouth area. Like any exfoliator, it removes dead skin cells, which helps prevent flaking in chapped lips – a common problem in winter. It also smoothes the lips, making lipstick and lip balm last longer. Combined with lip primer, a scrub will ensure your lips always have a perfect finish. Products containing natural ingredients are safe enough to use every day but it’s important to check the packaging and use the product as directed. If you want a tasty lip scrub, try making your own by mixing honey, sugar and olive oil until you get a thick consistency. Apply it to your lips and scrub gently before rinsing.


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  1. Busisiwe Ndzube

    I just love Revlon & Mac!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Avon use to have a colourless plumper, but have not seen that in a while.

    6 years ago •

  1. Clueless_Cutie

    Lip scrub… the best kept secret!

    6 years ago •

  1. Moodley

    I am curios to find out if this really works. I will give it a try and see.

    6 years ago •

  1. Antoinette Naidoo

    Never used a lip primer but I’m gonna get one asap

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Lip scrub? makes sense!!!!! I’ll be giving it a try!!!! Thanks for the great tip

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    I wasnt even aware that you get a Lip Scrub, my word! Thanks for the info

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    great article just need to find a cheaper alternative to the mac primer as it is so expensive i always skip this step

    7 years ago •

  1. Carolynmcm

    The MAC Prep and Prime Lip is going on my list of new beauty goodies!

    7 years ago •

  1. Smal

    For long lasting and luscious lips, try Rimmel: Just Bitten stains, as it is a stain, it does not feel like you are wearing any lipstick and the thin gloss that you put over is so moisturising. Very nice product

    7 years ago •

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