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The Perfect Pout with Etienne Ortega

Etienne Ortega slays. His clientele includes the biggest and the baddest girls on television. His star-studded clientel includes the Kardashians, Christina Aguilera and Nicki Minaj  and his work has graced the pages of Vogue, Allure and Glamour. He has risen to five star status while also being among the youngest and most talented celebrity hair and makeup artists in the industry. So we figured who better to ask than Etienne about one of the most talked about beauty trends in the world.  How do we get the perfect pout?

Can you give us a step-by-step on how you create fuller lips?
Step one is lining your lips with a liner that is a shade darker than the lipstick you are using. Next, you need to overdraw the lips on the outer corners of your lips to give them more of a pout look. Finally, apply your lipstick and blend both colors together.

Are there common mistakes people make when trying to make their lips look full?
Yes, when people overline their lips too much it can come off clowny.

What would you say to a woman who thinks she can’t wear bold lip color?
YES YOU CAN! Makeup is fun and it should stay fun! Try it!

What are your tips for choosing the right shade of red for your skin tone?
I would say lighter skin should wear lighter or more subtle shades of reds and darker skin tones should wear deeper reds.

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How do you help someone pick the right nude lip for their skin tone?
A nude lip can also be challenging. Lighter skin tones can rock almost any nude, but tanned skin or chocolate skin should go 2 or 3 shades darker!

Any tricks to make a lip color stay all day or all night? Is it really in the formula or is it in the application?
I really think the formula has everything to do with it. Nowadays there are so many fabulous long-lasting products. If you’re looking for that long-lasting lipwear then get a pro long-wear formula.

How do you properly use lip liners and what should we look for when choosing the right one? Does it really change the wear of your lipstick?
When choosing a lip liner, I suggest you find one that is long-lasting. Since it is the base for your lips it must last to keep your lipstick from bleeding.

What shades or lip looks are you loving right now?
Right now, I’m obsessed with peachy nudes, I feel like its always been my go to color, but I do have an obsession with that color range.

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