Your lipstick questions answered

Lipstick questions answered

Professional make-up artist Shahnaz Cola-Wrensch knows a thing or two about lipstick. Here, she answers a few of the questions submitted by you, our lovely BeautySouthAfrica readers.

1. Where can I find a dark red matte lipstick for a reasonable price that will last all day long? – Kgaugelo Meso

In terms of lipsticks, I haven’t found one that lasts all day. Some of them claim 14 hours, and these leave a stain but they don’t last all day and can dry out your lips. I personally love MAC Ruby Woo and Russian Red for a matte lip, but if you have a dark lipstick you love you can create your own matte lip. Firstly you need to exfoliate your lips to make sure there is no excess dry skin, then apply a lip balm that isn’t shiny. Apply a lip liner to trace the outline of the lips and to ensure your lipstick doesn’t bleed. Then apply two to three layers of the lipstick and in between each layer, take a tissue and press lips down on it, and then reapply the colour. When you have done your third layer, apply translucent finishing powder  with your fingers to set your lipstick and create a matte lip.

2. How can I make lipstick last longer? Sandra Phoma

If you want your lipstick to last longer, the key is prepping your lips first. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps. A lot of the time our lips are dry so you need to get rid of the dead skin and smooth out the lips. Either invest in a lip exfoliator, or create one yourself using olive oil and sugar. Make sure lips are hydrated by applying a lip balm like Carmex before applying your lipstick. You can opt for a long wearing lipstick – there are a few budget options out there. However, you can create it yourself by applying a translucent finishing powder to lips that have been coated with two to three layers of colour. Take a tissue in between each lip application and press lips onto paper, then reapply. This will make sure your lipstick is really set. The powder can be applied with your fingertips or with a brush. 

3. What is the best color lipgloss for dark skin? – Jeanette Ndala

The best lipgloss colours for dark skins are shades like fuchsia pink, bright and deep red, plum, berry, purples, darker nudes and corals. Girls with dark skin can get away with bright colours and darker shades. Stay away from shades like frosty pinks.

Other articles you may be interested in:
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The hottest red lips in Tinseltown

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14 Responses

  1. I also love MAC Ruby Woo for that beautiful red matte lip. I just make sure I exfoliate gently and generously apply Blistex DCT, leave on for a few minutes and blot off the excess before I apply my lipstick. That way, I’m sure that my lips are moisturised enough to handle the dry lippie.

  2. Being dark skinned I agree with deep reds, plum and berry colors although I always feel that pinks and corals end up looking the same as a frosty pink

  3. Thanks for the tips on making your lipstick last longer. I love matte these days and this will help out a lot.

  4. Thank you for the lip colour recommendations. I know finding the perfect lip colour (for any skin tone) is trial and error, but having a few recommendations helps as a starting point.

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