Sunday, September 21, 2008

What is Lipstick Made Of?

Most lipsticks consist of a fatty base, to ensure that the product stays firm and solid but is easily spread over the lips, and color provided by pigments or dyes. Manufacturers put a lot of time, effort and money into making sure that their products are soft enough to cover the lips smoothly and with the minimum of pressure, do not fade too quickly and stay put while the owner of the lips does other things like eating, drinking, smoking or kissing. Manufacturers also test lipsticks for toxicity, since the product is often swallowed.

Although most lipsticks are sold in stick form you can buy lipsticks which are applied with a brush. This is slightly more time-consuming than using an ordinary lipstick but it is a technique favored by make-up experts and models who believe it produces a more precise and pleasing finish.

Lipstick colors vary in different lights so when choosing a color try to select it in the light thatyou11 be wearing it in: if, for example, you want a lipstick to wear under fluorescent light tryout lipsticks under fluorescent light. When a lipstick goes blue on your lips, by the way, it usually means that the color has begun to wear off.

If you suffer from dry, sore or chapped lips, use an ordinary moisturizer before you put lipstick on.
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