I admit, I am a lipstick junkie. Nay, not just lipsticks, but anything lip-related. I have a relentless obsession with lipsticks, lip balms, tinted lip balms, and lip stains. The exceptions are lip gloss and fluid sticks, which I find are too sticky for me and my hair tends to get stuck in them.

I am naturally fair, and being fair means that you get to experiment with lots of colours as your skin tone is compatible with most of the lipsticks being offered in the market. Personally, I prefer striking colours to light colours, and my favourite colour to wear is fuchsia.

Today, I have picked out five colours I wear most often, and are suitable for fair skin. I am not particular about lipstick brands; what is most important to me is that it is in a shade I love.

Here are the products that I will be featuring:

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STEP 1: DAILY USE OF LIP BALM

No one can achieve perfect lips in a day. It is important to take care of your naked lips, to ensure a smooth application of lipstick. Purchase and apply a balm that has SPF in it to protect your lips from the sun. You should also apply lip balm daily before going to bed, more so if you sleep in an air-conditioned room. I’ve been applying lip balm religiously since seven years ago, and it pays off.

Lip Balm

One of my favourite lip balms is Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, which comes in a variety of scents, such as mango, pear, and mint. It is formulated with soothing emollients Squalane, Lanolin and Sweet Almond Oil, as well as Vitamins A and E. However, it feels like petroleum jelly on your lips, which takes some time getting used to.

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Lip Balm on Hand
Tinted LIp Balm on Lips

Another brand I would recommend would be Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm. It gives you a hint of colour on your lips, while providing moisture. I am using Sweet Violet in this photo. Burt’s Bees can be found in Singapore’s Sephora stores.

STEP 2: SCRUB

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The next step for me, is to use a scrub. Most people do not see the need for a scrub, but I firmly believe in removing any rough or loose skin on your lips before applying lipstick. Otherwise, your lipstick will not go on smoothly and it will look uneven. You do not have to do this before every application. I usually do it once or twice a week, using Fresh Sugar Lip Polish that I’ve gotten from Sephora. Take a pea-sized amount and gently rub it all over your lips, before rinsing the product off thoroughly using a damp washcloth. Why I love this product is because it not only exfoliates your lips, it also conditions your lips as it has shea butter and jojoba oil in its ingredients.

Another quick method would be to use a soft toothbrush and gently brush your lips in a circular motion.

STEP 3: PRIMER

Loose Powder

The next step, would be to apply primer. This step is completely optional, and most days I skip this step unless I’m preparing for a big day. I have not tried using a primer, but I have used alternatives, which are foundation or loose power. Like a lip primer, foundation creates a smoother surface for lipstick. Apply a thin layer of foundation to the lips and blot to remove excess oil.

STEP 4: LIP PENCIL

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Lips pencils are also optional. However, if you are going for dark or vibrant colours, I’d highly recommend you to use a lip pencil. Using a lip pencil before applying lipstick intensifies colour and makes it more durable. I own a MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in More To Love for vivid pinks, MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Trust In Red for classic reds, and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Illegal for soft shades like corals, pastels and nudes. Neutrals can be paired with most colours, so if you are thinking of buying your first lip pencil, it is safe to start off with a pale beige. That’s how I started off as well.

Applying

Pick a lip pencil that is of similar colour to your lipstick, preferably of a slightly lighter shade, and start colouring in from the centre of the lower lip. Lightly fill the entire surface before accurately tracing the outline of your lower lip. Repeat the same for your upper lip. Contouring your lips will help define them, and stops your lipstick from feathering. By colouring from the centre, it omits the obvious ring you get on the outline of your lips when the lipstick fades.

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Before I apply a bold colour, I will have my lip brush ready. Lip brushes are great as you can apply lipstick with perfect precision easily. I use shu uemura portable natural lip brush, which comes with a protective cap. It is very handy and slightly shorter than the standard lip brush; great for carrying around to use for touch-ups. I like having control when colouring my lips and filling in the Cupid’s bow.

STEP 5: LIPSTICK

Lipsticks
Lipstick Swatches

From left to right: Forever Fuchsia, Cheeky Coral, Rogue Luster, Saint Germain, and See Sheer

Here comes the fun part. Wearing lipsticks! Note that in all my photos, before applying lipstick, I have coloured in my lips with a lip pencil.

Use your lipstick and start colouring in from the centre of your lips, and work your way outwards. Use the sharp tip to outline your lips and fill in your Cupid’s bow. A lip brush might be necessary if you are applying a bold colour.

For starters, this is how I look if I don’t wear lipstick:

Naked

It’s a very subdued look.

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Forever Self

This is my favourite lipstick, L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Forever Fuchsia, which I bought in Melbourne. It is very intense, with a good mix of purple and pink tones. Also, it makes you teeth look white! I especially love wearing this on special occasions, as I get a lot of compliments from people.

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This is Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick in Cheeky Coral, which is what I usually wear to work. It is just slightly orange, perfect for spring/summer. I have never fancied anything in orange, ever, but this colour works surprisingly well on me.

(The orange tone isn’t very obvious in my photos. In person, the orange is a little more pronounced.)

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Rogue Luster Self

I had this hidden in my makeup stash for a really long time. This is shu uemura Rouge Luster Lipstick for Wong Kar Wai, a collection released in 2011. It is a deep red with intricate gold shimmer. Back then I had a thing for shimmery, sparkly, shiny things, so I bought this in a heartbeat. (shu uemura does shimmery, iridescent lipsticks very well!) I usually wear this on the weekends.

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Saint Germain Self

Pastel pink is where it all started for me. It was the first colour I bought, and I fell in love with how girly and sweet it was. shu uemura does baby pink very well, and that was also how I become a loyal fan of the brand. The product I’m using in the photos is MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Saint Germain.

These days I seldom wear this colour… I guess you can say I’ve out-grown the colour, somewhat. It’s also a little harder to match this colour with your clothes.

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See Sheer Self

The last lipstick on the list – MAC Lustre Lipstick in See Sheer – has a much more understated colour than the first four lipsticks, and is very easy to implement into your daily makeup routine and matches with most of your outfits. It is very similar to your lip colour, except with a slight tinge of red and a glossy finish.

Do note that a darker or brighter lipstick will last longer than its paler, muted counterparts.

STEP 6: BLOTTING AND RE-APPLYING

Blotting

After you have applied your lipstick, put a tissue between your lips to blot the excess. It will remove the creaminess and leave only the pigmentation. Apply a new layer by dabbing your lipstick onto your lips. Refrain from doing long strokes.This will ensure lipstick longevity.

Remember, it’s all about balance. If you want to draw attention to your lips, keep the rest of your makeup subtle.

P.S. I own way too many lip products. Whenever I walk into Sephora, or even Watsons, my first instinct is to check out the lipstick range.