Something Fun For Friday Night!

Lipstick has been gracing the lips of women (and men) for centuries now, and why not? As Gwyneth Paltrow said, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, and a kick-ass red lipstick.”

Regardless of whether red is your shade or you prefer pink, plum or platinum, lipstick has the magical power to transform us, empower us and even iinspire us.


The average woman spends $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime—and of that amount, $1,780 goes toward lipstick.</b>

That’s a lot of lip.

For a perfect pout, especially with matte shades and darker colors, you want to start with well moisturized, flake-free lips. If summer heat or winter winds have you chapped, <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>try a DIY exfoliating scrub to soften and smooth.</a> It may sound strange at first, but aspirin is a powerful exfoliating agent, that doesn’t irritate the way some other products can. Use a good moisturizing balm or oil after, to really deep condition. The best lip conditioner you can use? Eye cream. Because it’s designed to penetrate the delicate eye area and firm wrinkles and crows feet, eye creams are moisturizing powerhouses (smudge it outside the lips too, to prevent lip lines and firm existing ones, which can lead to lipstick feathering and bleeding).


One of the most expensive lipsticks in the world is Guerlain’s KissKiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick, which will set you back $62,000. While their original KissKiss lipstick costs only $34, what you’re really paying for here is the bling. The tube is made from 110 grams of 18k gold and encrusted with 199 diamonds to really help you sparkle. Bonus: You get your pick of 15 exclusive shades, and it’s refillable (at that price, we really would expect nothing less).</b>

Hope this comes with an insurance policy…and a really big box, because that’s where I’ll be living.


Ever wondered why different people wear down the tip of lipsticks differently? <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>According to some, it’s a reflection of your personality.</a>

For the best results, invest in a quality lip brush. Natural hair is best. Not only do you get every last drop out of a tube, but your application will be more precise. What’s the best brush? That’s personal preference. Being a makeup artist, I have some that are a hundred bucks a pop. The one I reach for, for personal use, was about eight bucks at Sally Beauty Supply. Plus, it retracts and has a cap, so.if I’m taking a small purse or clutch, I can load the brush with product and not have to carry the whole tube.


In Ancient Greece, lipstick fell out of fashion among high-class citizens, and was instead used to identify prostitutes. In fact, it was the law that prostitutes couldn’t go out without wearing lipstick, lest they “deceive” men. </b>

What’s that meme going around the internet? Something to the effect of, men say women who wear makeup are being deceptive, but how can anyone think my eyelids are naturally gold? Yeah.

Of course, <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>color is also deemed to play a role in personality.</a>

It may not be your everyday choice, but red is said to aid in job interviews and make one appear more confident. Everyone can wear red, by the way. Determine if you’re warm (look better in red, orange, yellow and gold jewelry…probably have dark hair and eyes) or cool (look better in green, blue, purple and silver jewelry…probably have light hair and eyes) and buy a red with blue or violet undertones (cool) or orange undertones (warm). The name usually tips it off, too. Terracotta red is warm, while merlot is cool. Brick reds, in my opinion, are a safe, neutral, everyday kind of red because it’s more muted and not as attention grabbing, as say, hooker red.


“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together,” Elizabeth Taylor famously said. Unless, of course, you were a woman on one of her movie sets—the actress allegedly demanded that no one else could wear red lipstick on set. </b>


Even your <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>lipstick print</a> can lead to clues about the deeper, darker aspects of ones mind, according to Dr. Oz.


We all know that swiping on some lipstick can be a huge confidence booster and mood transformer, but in England in the 1500s, people believed that lipstick actually had magical powers. Queen Elizabeth was reportedly a huge believer in the healing powers of lipstick, and was said to have had half an inch of lipstick on at the time of her death.</b>


Unsure which color might be more suited to your soul? <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Try this quiz</a> and see what color beat matches your personality – never know, you may find a new favorite shade!


According to a study conducted by the University of Manchester, men look at women with lipstick on longer than women with bare lips. They were most entranced by red lipstick, staring at it for an average of 7.3 seconds, while their gaze lingered on women with pink lipstick for an average of 6.7 seconds. They only glanced at women with bare lips for an average of 2.2 seconds.</b>

No matter the shade, help it stay on your lips and not your latte by setting it after you apply. Blot with a tissue, then gently place the tissue over lips. With a soft, fluffy powder brush, swipe loose, translucent powder over the tissue. Remove the tissue and press lips together a few times to absorb any stray particles.

Unfortunately, many early iterations of lipstick contained toxic ingredients like white lead, fucus, and vermillion. An ingredient that has stayed the same through the years? Fish scales, which are still used in lipsticks today to boost shine.</b>

Another tip for stay-put ‘stick, is applying foundation to lips before lipstick. It keeps lips from soaking in all of the color (another reason to moisturize lips religiously) and blocks some of the oils that can lead to your lipstick ending up everywhere but on your lips.

To prevent feathering and bleeding into the tiny lines around the lips, use a natural colored liner before you apply lipstick, and apply to the outer edge of the lip line. Going from corner to center helps to extend liner to the very edge and make lips appear plumper.

And, testing a new shade on the back of your hand isn’t the best idea. Use a cotton swab and apply to the pad of the thumb – it tends to be closer to the natural color of the lips, giving you a much more accurate result.

Ravishing red, petal pink or a naughty nude, go celebrate today with a swipe of your favorite!

Images: youbeauty, buzzle, examiner,pinterest.

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