Lipstick Tips for Professional Picks


Curating a pro lipstick palette is more than having a variety of colour. Here are a few master tips to choose the right professional lipstick palette.

The season is high on bold and bright shades — ranging from deep reds to oranges and fuschia pinks. As seen on the runways and red carpets, it was all about classic reds and chic nudes — take cues from Deepika Padukone who rocked nude hues at the Cannes Red Carpet and Selena Gomez’s statement ruby red lips.

The Prep

Celebrity MUA Kajee Rai who has worked on a number of fashion projects including the Delhi Fashion Week feels, “Professionals should see the right texture of the lipstick — it should be easily-to-apply and should not break or leave a thick coat in one stroke. Applying lipstick over a coat of lip balm gives a nice texture and helps it last longer. A thick first coat isn’t ideal for this result and can even lead to chapped lips.”

Kajee points out that India is home to all types of skin tones so it is best for make-up artists to have palettes that contain everything from nudes to the darkest tints.

Adding to this make-up artist Anindita Chaudhary and owner of Bespoke Make-up Studio says, “Rather than going for skin colour, choose lip colours based on the skin’s undertone. If the veins appear green, it is a warm undertone and if it is blue, it is a cooler undertone. In case they’re both green and blue, then it is a neutral undertone.”

As far as Anindita preferred brands, she shares, “Liquid lipsticks like the Liquid Mattes from Huda Beauty are my favourite – when it comes to creating long-lasting looks for brides. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip palette is my pick for creating multiple lip colours. Especially for shoots and clients at the venue, this enables me to create so many different shades using just a single palette. MAC and NYX are some of the other brands with great pro lip palette. ”

For the Client
“Most Indian women have a yellow undertone, so warm tones look nice. For pink undertones, look for lip shades with blue or purple tones while for neutral undertones, any colour can be matched,” says Anindita.

Pro Tip: For lipstick to last longer, first exfoliate and hydrate the lips and then apply a lip primer. Line the lips and fill them before applying a matte or liquid lipstick. If using a normal lipstick, after applying the first coat place a tissue/blotting paper over the lips and dust on some loose powder on top of it. Thereafter, remove the tissue/ blotting paper and apply a second coat of lipstick.


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