Ask the gals!
Myself (@dirtidenise) and my drag sister 'Bee' (@bustibarb) regularly get asked for help, newbies who don't know where to start and old timers looking for something new. This page has been requested and suggested over and over, so I have finally sat my ass down to share product recommendations and advice which I hope are useful. The opinions and suggestions are mainly based on my own experience with hints and tips picked up from fellow artists. I was originally trained in makeup for photography and editorial work, but I haven't stuck to the rules, I found cheats and I cut corners to suit me. If you are new to makeup, I'm sure you will have fun experimenting and finding what works you, I highly recommend searching for artists on Instagram to get inspired and learn more techniques. I will keep updating this page, so do check back, but by all means, feel free to message us through the contact page or drop me an inbox, for fast help I am most active on Instagram @givefacecos or @dirtidenise
Get the right tools for the job
Foundation, Contouring, Highlighting
Lip Oil Primer and Special Effect Base
A blend of natural oils to prime and moisturise lips with peppermint oil.
For rich moisturising and priming, apply a small dot to lips with lip brush or finger and allow to absorb. It can also be used as a finishing gloss for our liquid lip colours for extra sheen.
Pro tip - To create glitter lips simply apply your normal lip liner and lipstick, dab a small amount of Liquid Lip Base to adhere our MicroFine Glitter. You can also apply lip base on top of your glitter lip or lipstick for extra sheen.
Ingredients - Castor, Hemp and Vitamin E with Peppermint Oil.
Supplied in a 16.5ml recyclable bottle with nozzle. Please note the bottle is fitted with an internal hygiene seal and for first use, press cap down very firmly whilst twisting to snap the seal.
Liquid Satin and Metallic Moisturising Lip Colour
UK shipping only due to liquids shipping regulations.
Our lightweight, vibrant, rich liquid lip colours for professional use are back by popular demand! New shades, new creamier formula and easy to apply packaging.
Rich peppermint oil based metallic or matt pigment slides on to produce a rich colourful lip. Free from addictive's, fillers and emulsions, they will not dry lips out or crack.
For best results prime lips with our liquid lip base and allow to absorb, line lips with a good creamy quality lip pencil (see Give Face Cosmetics Pencils), apply a very small amount of colour to the bottom lip and rub lips together to transfer to top lip. Fill in up to lip line with the applicator for a beautiful sheen finish.
You can apply a little more if needed for coverage (especially if you are completely transforming from your natural lip colour) and if you want a more glossy finish, however over application will result in bleeding and feathering, you really do not need to use much to get great colour and each tube should last a very LONG time. Can be applied over a cream lip pencil base for full extra coverage. Paler metallic shades are slightly thicker in consistency for coverage.
If you are someone who likes a liquid lipstick that is fairly basic to maintain for everyday wear, these lip colours are probably not for you. They are extremely attention grabbing so perfect for appearances, performance, special effect and photographic wear when a special effect or colour punch is required. They will transfer, not kiss proof and will not fully dried down. Neon colours, especially Toxic and Hazard will need careful application as they may appear more streaky due to dramatic colour change, small amounts should be put on and build up carefully for coverage.
Most colours will separate when stored, this is absolutely normal and there is nothing wrong with the product, its just the pigment is heavier than the oil. Simply shake the closed tube well and mix inside the tube with doe foot applicator before each application for full coverage. Please also store your tube upright with lid secured on top when not in use, oil may escape from some formulas if stored on side or upside down, this is due to us not adding binders or emulsifiers as preferred by majority of our customer base. With us not adding those emulsifiers the lip colours are fairly easy to remove with little to no staining. If oil escapes, clean tube, wand and cap fully with tissue and replace wand - store upright at all times.
Pro Tip - For a more matt finish, apply less ad really work a small dot across the lips, blot a thin layer or set with a small amount of our Matte finishing powder. For a glitter effect dab on a small amount of our microfine glitter. Mix or blend lip colours to create unique shades and ombre effects!
Ingredients - Castor, Hemp, Titanium Dioxide and Vitamin E with Peppermint Oil. Metallic colours contain Mica, Flat colours contain pure mineral colour.
Supplied in 3ml recyclable doe foot tube. MUST BE STORED UPRIGHT TO AVOID LEAKING.
Cosmetic Super Pigment Pencils
Softand super pigmented multi purpose colour pencils for lip, eye and brow.
Use pencils to line lips before applying lip colours, map out or draw brows and also suitable for lining waterline!
Ingredients - Carnauba Wax, Candelilla Wax, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isopropyl palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, mineral colours.
14.5cm long made with renewably sourced wood, clear lid and drip tip for colour identification - colour name is not printed on pencils.
Matte lipsticks, completely dry down matte.
Apply colour to lip, some colours especially dark and pale or extreme colour change will need to be built up. Apply over moisturised lips for comfort and coverage.
Colours will mattify and completely dry to a matte finish.
Due to the nature of the formula, some colours will stain, this is completely unavoidable and you may need to use a gentle lip scrub to completely remove colour fully.
Supplied in recyclable 4ml tube and box.
Ingredients - Isooctyl palmitate Tridecyltrimellitate, Argan Oil, Coconut Oild, Vitamin E, TDTM Heterogeneuos Dodecane pyrogenicsilica, KRA TON G1701, CL 77491, CL77891.
Sparkles and events!!!
Listed below are the best uses for our glitters:
- Microfine - great for full glitter lips and where you want rich deep, less sparkly glitter eyes/ brows
- Ultrafine - generally used for glittering eyes as it catches light well. A light dab of iridescent ultrafines make great lips too and highlighter sparkle. I use "Wish" to cover up bad eye blending and if I need some extra coverage on brow bone if rushing. Ultrafine can feel too grainy and look too textured for a full glitter lip.
- Theatrical Chunky - good festival makeup, detailing where you want lots of sparkle as it catches light easiest, perfect for glitter beards! A few specks of iridescent create beautiful tear effects under the eyes and inner corner and also for brow bone bling.
- Star - good for fun highlighter topping and festival makeup.
- Eco - environmentally friendly, the eco glitters are mineral based, they can be used for anything and everything and create beautiful highlighter and lip toppers.