WOW Beauty – “Perfect Lips” by Helena Liebanas


Make sure your lips are supersoft and hydrated before laying down heavy pigment. You need to have a smooth canvas for your color.

Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips. They tend to make lips look smaller.

Using a red lip pencil, outline your lips in the shape you desire. For a longer lasting hold, fill in your entire lip with the lip pencil. Lip pencil pigment holds better than most lipsticks and also acts as a base for holding your lipstick on longer.

Once you’ve filled your entire lip with the lip pencil, apply your red lipstick straight from the bullet. This will apply more pigment than if you were to apply the lipstick with a brush. One good layer is all you need. If you apply too much, you run the chance of it smearing or bleeding.

Don’t use red lip liner. If it doesn’t match your lipstick perfectly (and odds are it won’t), you’ll end up with a two-tone effect. If you like using liner, find a shade that’s close to your natural lip color and use it to outline your lips.

Once you have all the color you need, use a matte powder such as MAC’s Prep and Prime or Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil with a soft eyeshadow blending brush, and press the powder onto your lips. This creates a greate matte effect and also helps in prolonging the wear of your red lip. If you prefer shine, skip this step.

Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.

Photos by Gorka Alba Del Valle
Make up & Hair by Helena Liebanas
Model Ana Kankovska @Modelsdivision


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