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Blend Blend Blend. That’s basically the makeup manifesto, but for some reason a lot of people only follow that rule for their eye makeup and blush. Probably because those areas can be pretty unforgiving. But blending can help make your makeup look more polished on the other parts of your face as well. I could definitely go on about this for way too long, so for today I’ll focus on one quick tip, blending your lipliner!
I don’t always use lipliner, actually more often than not I skip it. That doesn’t mean that I’m not well versed in it’s ways, and I know that a lot of ladies depend on it to keep their lipstick from bleeding so it’s worth talking about.
First it can be REALLY hard to find an exact match for your lipstick, unless whatever brand you use is kind enough to make matching liner and lipstick sets and even then it can be slightly off.
Second problem is when you find a close enough match they don’t always apply smoothly. Blending solves both of these issues and prevents that 90’s “joker” lipliner look. Not even my girl Gwen Stefani made me like that, and that’s really saying something.
The top photo is blended, the bottom photo is just drawn on. I intentionally used a lipliner darker than the lipstick I am using in order to illustrate how you can get a seamless blend, even if the colors don’t match perfectly.
To blend it, all you have to do is buff the lipliner in toward the center of your mouth with your finger. It works best if you do this as soon as you apply it, before it sets. Obviously you want to do this with clean hands. Don’t be grody. But if you really don’t like putting your hands near your mouth, a lip brush works too. You may just have to work a little harder at blending because you don’t have the natural warmth of your skin working in your favor.
If you feel like your blend isn’t coming out as even as you would like you can always dab a little more of the pencil on and then keep on buffing it in. Once It’s blended you can apply your lipstick as usual. I did mine straight from the tube and then patted it in with my finger just for good measure.
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This is MAC “Rooby Woo” and the lipliner is Urban Decay “Gash” which is much much darker. Blending them takes it from “Oh girl you need to learn to match your lipliner” to dimensional, smooth, velvety color, and all it took was a few seconds of blending it in first. Neat huh?