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5 Easy Tips for Rocking Lip Makeup With Braces

5 Easy Tips for Rocking Lip Makeup With Braces

Getting braces or clear aligners means making a lot of lifestyle changes, from the foods you can snack on to your dental care routine. But do you need to stop wearing lip makeup? We say no! You might have to switch things up, but with the right products and techniques, you can express yourself confidently when wearing lip makeup with braces. From bold lipsticks to glistening lip glosses, here’s what you need to do to make your makeup work.

How to Keep Your Lippie Off Your Braces

1. Prep Your Lips

Before you get started, create a soft base for your lip makeup. Moisturized lips allow for a smooth and even color application. Braces have the tendency to stretch your lips out wider over your teeth, which leaves them dry. Our Golden Wet Cherry Lip Scrub gently exfoliates and nourishes your lips to create a perfectly smooth surface. Finish it off with the Golden Wet Cherry Lip Oil for all-day hydration, and your lips will be ready for some color.

2. Choose Your Shade Wisely

Now comes the hard but fun part—which shade is you? Whether you have braces or clear aligners, your opinion may vary. Those with metal braces might prefer to choose a nude or neutral shade that doesn’t draw much attention to the mouth, while those with ceramic braces or clear aligners generally seem more open to bright and bold hues. But of course, it all depends on your comfort levels—Gwen Stefani never shied away from a ruby lip when she wore braces in the ‘90s.

3. Use a Good Primer

Smudging is a common concern with lip makeup. It can happen to anyone, but it might be a little more noticeable with braces. Matte lipstick doesn’t tend to transfer onto teeth as much as satin formulas and lip gloss, but if these are your favorite finishes, don’t let your braces curb your style! Break out the Ghost Veil Lip Primer before you apply, and you’ll be equipped with an invisible shield that stops smudging in its path and extends the life of your lip color. Pairing braces with lip gloss is no longer a risk.

4. Give Your Lips Some Definition

Still worried about smudging? Pop on some Velvetines Lip Liner to keep color inside the lines. The secret is to pick a shade that’s close to your natural lip color, which gives you a good template and makes lipstick bleeding less obvious. If you use concealer, apply it around your mouth with a small liner brush to provide even more definition.

5. Keep Your Braces Clean

You’ve finished putting on makeup, give yourself a smile in the mirror, and lo and behold—your braces are already wearing your lipstick. To avoid staining first thing in the morning, try not to move your lips a lot when applying makeup. If you use clear aligners, remove them before application and wait until the lipstick sets to put them back in.

There are a couple of quick ways to finish off your look for long-lasting wear. Blot off the excess product to minimize color transfer. You can also use a translucent powder to set the color and keep your lips moisturized.

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