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How to Apply Lip Stain

Let professional makeup artist Patricia Longo teach you how to apply lip stain in this makeup tutorial from Howcast.


Hi, I'm Patricia Longo, and I'm a celebrity makeup artist. I've worked with models from Sports Illustrated, like Brooklyn Decker and Julie Henderson, to Alec Baldwin at 31. All those things that experts do, that the average person doesn't know how to do, we'll learn how to do it on these videos. So I'm going to put lip stain on Katherine's lips. But before I do that, I usually like to prep the lips. Usually a lip stain can make the lips very dry. So what I recommend at first is to put Burts Beeswax, just to moisten the lips but not too shiny. Not too much. If I feel like I put too much, I use another finger and I just blot. And then I like to put a little bit of lip-primer. Just a little bit of lip-primer. That will make sure the lip stain stays on. And now you're ready to put the lip stain. My favorite lip stains are usually the ones that have a stick, it's a point, so you don't need lip liner. And what I do is, smile, I like to start right here, and just easily use it, pretending like it's a lip liner. And as you can see I'm shaping her lip. And then what I just do is fill it in. But I make sure the side of the lip stain is touching the lip. Not directly pointed this way. You have to put it sideways, where it's flat right on the lip. Usually I make sure I touch the lips together, and then I use the point just to do the shape. And depending on how dark you want the stain, you just keep reapplying and reapplying until you get it as dark as you like. And then what I do is I take my finger, and I just blot it or smudge it a little, and there you have the lip stain.

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