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From a light pink tinted lip balm to a vampy red lipstick, most of us have at least one handful of lip makeup. Since there is a large variety of lip makeup to choose from, regarding the shades, texture, and functions. We can divide them into 4 categories: lipstick, lip powder, lip balm & lip gloss. So, what’re the differences between them?

#1 Lipstick

Lipstick is mainly made of wax, oil, pigments, and dyes. It has brighter and more vibrant colours, giving more coverage than lip balm. It also has various formulas from sheer, shiny or pigmented and matte.

Before you apply lipstick, moisture your lip with nourishing lip balm is very important. Also, don’t forget to apply lip primer to prolong longevity and reduce feathering. See more tips on how to make your lipstick last all day.

But if your lips are extremely dry with flaky dead skin, the lipstick will cling to them. In that case, tinted lip balm will be more suitable.

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#2 Lip powder

Can’t imagine dry, clumpy powder on lips? How do they work? A lip powder uses powder-to-liquid technology that allows it to transform into a long-lasting liquid stain upon contact with skin to achieve a velvety finish.

Compares to lipstick, lip powder can last longer and has better coverage.

Although lip powder is infused with Vitamin E and oil to make it smoother and last longer, it also will magnify the cracks and dry patches of your lip. Do remember to scrub the dead skin and moisture the lips. After that, use lip primer and lip liner to prevent lip powder from bleeding.

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#3 Lip balm

If you want to have a natural and moisture look, lip balm will be a good choice. A lip balm keeps your lips moisturized and smooth as it prevents them from drying out to achieve a soft and kissable pout.

Most lip balms are colourless while some of them are tinted lip balms with buildable and sheer colour. Tinted lip balm is easy to apply and suitable to be the base before lipstick.

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#4 Lip gloss

The main function of lip gloss is to make lips have a crystal and glassy look. It helps to make your lips look fuller and eye-catching. It can be transparent or tinted. Depending on whether your makeup look is subtle and clear or not, you can choose different shades or the level of pigment.

Lip gloss can apply alone or on top of lipstick to enhance its colour. It’s suitable for various occasions since it’s like a highlighter for your daily or night look. Lip gloss is not long-lasting, so you need to reapply it every 3-4hours. It’s better to apply lip gloss on the centre of the top and bottom lip to prevent it from goopy.

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