Friday, September 17th, 2010

How do you apply your lip products? What do you use to apply your lipstick, gloss, etc.?

Temptalia's AnswerI apply lipstick straight of the tube 9/10 times, and I use disposable lipgloss applicators for gloss (they’re recyclable!).

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Where can I buy disposable lipgloss wands?

I get mine from Amazon: 'Disposable Flocked Lip Gloss Applicators 50pcs.' by Makeup Artist Shop for $8.00 http://amzn.to/dgZefj. They're not the nicest applicator - any included applicator is smoother/softer - but as I often am just reviewing a gloss for the blog, I'll use a separate applicator instead, so I can pass along the product to friends/family or keep it and not worry about my germs swirling around in there!

Why do you use a separate applicator?

Products go bad because of bacteria (from what I understand--I am no scientist!), and bacteria like warm, moist places. My bathroom isn't used, so it doesn't too warm, but it's about 70ish degrees since that's the temperature I keep my apartment at. (This is why some people store lipsticks/glosses in the fridge!) By using a separate applicator, I'm not putting anything into the gloss, just taking it out. My theory is this should make the gloss last longer and keep it "clean" or "fresher."

Can I use something else other than lipgloss wands?

I've used wooden coffee stirrers (you can buy massive quantities at bulk stores like Smart & Final, Costco, etc.), which do the job but don't feel so lovely on lips! You could also use a lip brush, just make sure to get the amount of gloss you need out before you apply it.

Why do you do this? Should I being do this?

I do it because I have a lot of lipgloss. I had a lot before the blog, and I do love me some lipgloss, but the nature of blogging is constant accumulation of the new. There are a lot of products that I just test and wear once or twice, then review, I feel like it must be cleaner/more sanitary to use a separate applicator and never double-dip. This way it shouldn't turn quickly (if I keep it), or I can pass it along to friends/family. I don't think it's necessary for most people!

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33 thoughts on “How do you apply your lip products?

  1. 9/10 i use a lip stain. wait a while. then a lip pencil, then lipstick out of the tube/and or a lip glass. BUT i should start using my lip brush, and blotting and/or adding powder and then putting on a second coat. its hard to tell, and i normally use prowear anyway.

  2. I wish I was more sanitary measures-conscious like you! For lipstick I just apply straight on, usually without a brush. And basically the same for lipgloss: I just use the wand that comes with the tube.

    I usually do a sheer layer of moisturizer first, then lipstick, then a complimenting lipgloss on top. No primer, liner, or setting powder for me ;P

    • I think it’s unnecessary for most :) I had a lot of makeup before blogging, and now I have even more, I’m still rational enough to be able to admit, “No, I won’t use all these glosses up.”

  3. Leila

    I usually moisturise my lips first then I apply lipliber then lipstick and gloss at the centre of my bottom lip. Oh and a dash of shimmer powder on my cupids area above the lip

  4. coco72

    Straight on the lip, unless some red lipsticks like MAC Red or Viva Glam I, I apply them with a lip brush
    I don´t use to wear glosses

  5. Nic

    Lipstick: If it’s a sheer lipstick, straight from the tube. If it’s more pigmented, I apply most of it from the tube and do the edges with a lip brush for precision.

    Gloss: If I’m wearing the gloss alone (or over a stain), I use the applicator. If I’m applying it over a lipstick, I’ll almost always apply with a lip brush or dab it on with my finger so that I don’t get lipstick on the applicator (eww).

  6. monika-luiza

    I too apply most times straight out of the tube. never had any issues with it, only some lipsticks i apply with ha brush because sometimes the finish is slightly different when applied with brush.

  7. oshin

    Right out of the bullet.

  8. Andie

    I apply both straight from the tube.

  9. tehteh

    I always wear the lipstick straight from the tube, unless its almost finished…sometimes if the color is too strong I blend it with my finger

    I also use the wands that come with the glosses, unless they are the squeeze or the pot ones, in that case I use my finger or a brush

  10. Hend

    right from the tube except for my YSL rouge volupte I use a brush because they’re so pigmented and I can easily use an excessive amount of the product,
    I use the applicator that comes with lipglosses

  11. Natalia

    Hi! I just wear them both straight on the lip! :D

  12. Amal

    mostly straight from the tube.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachael Rachael

    I apply my lipstick straight out of the tube, generally. The only gloss I use is Lancome juicy tubes, which I also apply straight from the tube.

  14. Mia

    I use it just like that…sometimes I use a lip balm with spf underneath though, if my lips are dry or if it’s really sunny.
    Gloss I also apply just like that – as I don’t have disposable applicators I always have to clean my lips before reapplying, which can be quite a hassle when I’m on the go. But I really don’t like it if gloss “goes bad” so to say, so I really do my best and if in doubt I just use my lip balm instead.

  15. z

    Christine, where do you buy your disposable applicators? That’s such a great idea. Does the lip gloss tend to last longer in the tube if you do it that way? Thanks

    • I get mine from Amazon: ‘Disposable Flocked Lip Gloss Applicators 50pcs.’ by Makeup Artist Shop for $8.00 http://amzn.to/dgZefj

      They’re not the nicest applicator – any included applicator is smoother/softer – but as I often am just reviewing a gloss for the blog, I’ll use a separate applicator instead, so I can pass along the product to friends/family or keep it and not worry about my germs swirling around in there, lol. My theory is that the gloss should last longer OR at the very least, I know it won’t have turned because of bacteria/germs. In all honesty, even some of my old MAC lipglasses don’t seem to have “turned” (maybe 3-4 years old) that I *have* used.

  16. May

    Where do you buy the disposable applicators?

    • I get mine from Amazon: ‘Disposable Flocked Lip Gloss Applicators 50pcs.’ by Makeup Artist Shop for $8.00 http://amzn.to/dgZefj

      They’re not the nicest applicator – any included applicator is smoother/softer – but as I often am just reviewing a gloss for the blog, I’ll use a separate applicator instead, so I can pass along the product to friends/family or keep it and not worry about my germs swirling around in there, lol.

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Schara Thincspot

    Right from the tube to my lips…unless I’ve hit the inner casing; then the brush comes out.

  18. Almost exclusively out of the tube. I have a lip brush just in case, though.

  19. Just straight out of the tube/with the applicator that comes with it if I want a pigmented/glossy look, with my finger tip if I want a more toned down result ~

  20. Kat

    I use lipstick right out of the tube, and use whatever wand comes with the lipgloss. I don’t have enough glosses to bother with disposable wands, but it’s a good idea for people who have tons of lipglosses. For melted lipsticks I’ll use a brush.

  21. I use a brush for most lipsticks, my fingers with stains and wands to apply glosses but a brush to fix any mistakes.

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cathy Cathy

    First lip balm,then liner,then lipstick and/or gloss right out of the tube/wand.

  23. Lakitha Goss

    I apply my lipstick directly from the tube, but I blend it into the lipliner using a brush. I apply lipgloss with the applicator supplied with the tube. Lipgloss from pots are definitely applied using a lip brush.

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Regina Regina

    I have been using lipstick straight from the tube and the wand from my lipgloss but a MAC MUA showed me yesterday how different a l/s looked when applied with a brush and I was impressed!

  25. I use the included applicator. Sometimes I’ll use a lip brush for pan glosses/lipsticks.

  26. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Faith Faith

    Even if those wands are recyclable, they’re still really wasteful. :/

  27. Azaza

    Direct from the tube