How to apply lipstick

A short video about how to apply lipstick.

Are you shying away from using the more highly pigmented lipsticks for your Season because you're afraid that your face will be like "all lipstick?

For instance, if you're a Dark Autumn and you are wanting to try the fabulous 12 BLUEPRINTS Red Hollyhock lipstick, but you think it might be a little too intense? Or being a True Spring, hesitating to try one of the more intense True Spring lipsticks like Hawaiian Red... Far too many people shy away from wearing their best lipsticks, just because they haven't learned the trick of wearing it at half intensity.

In the video I'm using the 12 BLUEPRINTS Red Amaryllis lipstick, which is one of the lipsticks recommended for Bright Winter.

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Really bad idea:

I'm all for wearing lipstick, but it is really not a good idea to use a duller colour lipstick just because you're afraid of it being too much.

Really good idea:

In my experience, it is usually not the lipstick that is "too much", but the application. 

In the video, I'm showing you a couple of alternative ways of applying lipstick. These tricks magically helps any intense lipstick feel less conspicuous, I hope you'll find it useful!

I'm not a makeup artist, and any advice given by me is purely based on my own everyday kind of makeup experience, and as such, delivered with Nordic Simplicity. 

If you want professional advice on how to put on lipstick, try Lisa Eldridge, Wayne Goss or Kerry-Lou

About the author, Jorunn Hernes

Jorunn is a Certified Personal Colour Analyst, founder of Nordic Simplicity and Scandinavian Style Academy™, the fresh, simple, Scandinavian approach to getting dressed. Jorunn will avoid social settings with more than three people but can be lured out with snacks and the promise to talk about books.

  • Thank you for the tips! Also, your hairstyle is so lovely and fits you perfectly! ♥️

    • Thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to say. I am glad I have a hairdresser that supports my choice of keeping the silver hair and not colouring it, and she has found a good, low maintenance hairstyle. I literally do nothing except wash it and let it air dry. So I’m holding on to my hairdresser (and the hairstyle).

  • Dear Jorunn, you have THE most adorable smile and speaking voice – just utterly, utterly charming. It’s like being talked to by a benign fairy godmother!!

    That said, I REALLY identify with the ‘it’s too much!!!’ sense. and i do find myself putting my lipstick on from the container, then using my fingers to smudge it on my cheeks, so that I have rouge, and a less intense lipcolour at the same time. (can’t be bothered with brushes for lipstick) But – silly me – I’d never quite connected my tendency to do that to my tendency to prefer rather duller colours than dark autumn suggests….because i do precisely the same thing on my duller lipsticks too! I love lipstick (especially now i am older and my lips are thinner!!), but as an academic surrounded by students who generally don’t wear lipstick (and nor did I at their age, the babies!) and by colleagues who are mainly men/or where the women tend not to be very made up, ANYTHING can feel like too much so easily!!

    What a nice short clip…never manage the longer ones. and how utterly, utterly lovely to watch and listen to you!!

    • Hello Annabelle, and thank you for your kind words.
      I can relate to the situation you’re describing. Norwegian women often wear no makeup at all, so to be very made up would make me feel very out of place. I prefer makeup that makes me look like a more well-rested and bright-eyed version of myself. I find that a layer of a cheerful colour that’s transparent and moisturising is my go-to lip treatment for everyday use! And don’t you find that lipstick is the badge of a mature woman? Let them have their youth and plump lips. I have experience and lipstick 🙂

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