10 Rules For Rocking A Bold Lip

Has your lip color ever faded unevenly or flaked away by the end of the day? Have you ever felt that the bright or bold color just does not seem to suit you quite right? If you answered any or all of these with a “yas girl,” here are the rules for conquering the statement lip. Whether you’re wearing a hot pink color (think 'Pop Art Pink') one day and a blue lip (hello Midnight Muse!) the next, these are the rules I swear by for the most color payoff, the longest wear, and the most amount of comfort. Scroll down to learn more!

1. EXFOLIATE

Arguably, there is nothing worse than wearing a bold lip color and then having that beautiful pigments cling to dead and dry skin or gather in those natural lip lines and creases. A good lip-scrubbing removes the dead outer surface of the lips, improves circulation, and makes the lips soft, smooth, and kissable. So scrub away and reveal those supple lips with either a damp washcloth or a lip exfoliator. 

2. USE LIPSENSE

And this isn't just because I'm a fan! (and I get a small commission every time you purchase). LipSense® really is the BEST choice when you're going for those darker or bolder colors and want to prevent feathering, bleeding, and smudging outside the lines. PLUS, you don't have to worry about blotting and reapplying every 2-3 hours, or getting it on your teeth because this is the lipstick that STAYS!

3. CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLOR

Not all shades flatter all skin tones. Know which colors work for you - BYRDIE has an awesome guide for choosing what looks best! For cooler skin tone ladies, colors with more pinks or blues in them tend to look best on you, and for warmer and olive-toned beauties, oranges and warmer pinks look amazing. See our color guide below:

4. LINE YOUR LIPS

Lining your lips in the same or similar color isn't a hard and fast rule with LipSense® but it will make your bold or dark color look better. Plus, you can also cheat and give yourself a faux lip plump by slightly exaggerating your lip line. Use a thing angled or wispy brush and brush it across your LipSense® want to collect excess product and line your lips!

5. BE PRECISE

Senegence recently sent out their tips for wearing bold colors and they said this: "Wearing a bold color accentuates your lip shape, and any imperfection becomes immediately noticeable. Take time during your application to apply the color precisely, especially when outlining your lips. If needed, use a lip brush or LinerSense in a complementing shade to outline your lips before proceeding to fill them in with color. If your outline is messy, use LipSense Ooops! Remover to clean up any mistakes.

6. APPLY THREE LAYERS AND ALLOW EACH TO DRY

With bold colors you want them to be even and stand out - which means you want the most opaque application you can possibly get! Make sure you apply 3 even layers (go in the same direction each time) and make sure each layer dries completely (wait at least a minute) before applying the next!

7. GLOSS, GLOSS, GLOSS

Locking in your color with gloss is the best way to ensure that your color lasts long and stays in place!

8. BALANCE YO FACE

This depends on whether you want to go for a more daytime wearable bright lip or a dramatic look, but your bright lips are going to catch some major attention, so keep most of the focus on that. You can either go incredibly minimal with our color correcting tinted moisturizer, LashSense Waterproof Mascara, and a bit of BrowSense for a brushed up brow, or you can amp it up with a smoky liner look (think EyeSense Liquid Eyeliner) for something edgier. Just make sure to bring balance to your look. The lips are the star of the show; everything else should just support. 

9. CARRY YOUR COLOR ON YOU AT ALL TIMES

Now, I know that all these rules ensure that you’re going to get major color impact that lasts all day, but I still carry my color on me just in case I get a little aggressive with my favorite salad and sandwich lunch combo. (Let's be honest, it's probably the greasy pizza that's doing the damage)

10. WEAR WITH CONFIDENCE

While not an official rule, you should always rock your look with confidence. It doesn’t matter what lip color you choose; how you feel in it is all that matters. If you feel confident in a bright purple lip color, it will show and can be a weapon to conquer the day feeling the absolute best you can. 

So next time you're thinking about rocking a bold or bright lip, just refer to these rules to ensure that you rock that color proudly, every time!

XX KELSIE