Written by Emily McBride (last updated September 7, 2018)
Wander through any cosmetic aisles at the store, and you'll see that there is a big selection of make-up. Today, there are a lot of options for what kind of make-up you can wear on your lips. There's lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm, tinted lip balm, lip liner, etc. Most lip make-up can be directly applied to your lips from the tube. However, you may choose to use a lip brush instead.
A lip brush is small, with short, soft bristles. Many lip brushes have retractable bristles so that the bristles don't get damaged. This makes it easy to store in your purse along with your lipstick.
You may wonder why you should use a lip brush when you can apply lipstick or lip gloss without one. Using a lip brush gives you better accuracy and stay within your lip lines. You can apply your lipstick or lip gloss lightly, which will use less of your lipstick.
One other benefit is that you can use a lip brush to blend your lipstick and lip liner so that your lip liner isn't as prominent. Make-up is meant to enhance your natural features, rather than cover them up. By using a lip brush and making your lip liner less prominent, your lip color will look more natural.
Before using a lip brush, make sure your lips are prepared. If they are dry, gently rub a dry toothbrush on your lips to get rid of dry, dead skin and leave a smooth surface. Next, gently dip your lip brush into your lip gloss or lipstick. Brush it on your lips. If you feel that you have too much lip gloss or lipstick on, gently dap your lips with a tissue.
When you are finished using your lip brush, wash it carefully under warm water with a small amount of soap. Replace your lip brush when the bristles begin to get stiff. At the very least, replace your lip brushes once each year. If you use colors of lipstick that greatly vary (such as hot pink and dark brown), you may want to purchase more than one lip brush, because if you use the same one for multiple colors, the colors might start to mix together.
Using a lip brush may take some practice at first, but in the long run, you'll be happier with your make-up. You should be able to find lip brushes anywhere you buy your make-up.
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