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Apply lipstick like a pro
May 14, 2018, 12:08 pm

Lipstick application is hard, and sometimes you may mess up. Since you have got more important things to do than fret over lipstick, here are a few tips that will ensure you never mess up your lipstick again.

Start fresh: Exfoliate lips once or twice a week or right before wearing a matte liquid lipstick, which tends to highlight any flaky patches on your lips. You can gently buff with a wet toothbrush, or if you prefer something plusher, use a lip scrub with moisturizing ingredients.

Use sunscreen on your lips: The skin on your lips is the thinnest on your body. Your lips are more susceptible to sun damage than any other part of your body, and lip gloss magnifies UV rays, making lips even more likely to burn.  Balm up with something with at least SPF 30.

Don't be afraid of bright lipstick: Choose a bright shade based on your lips' natural color — not your skin tone. Pale lips look great in cherry red or coral while for naturally reddish lips, try a hot pink or vivid orange. For dark lips, you can have a lot of fun with deep vampy shades.

Don't worry about liner: Liner is no longer necessary, however, if you want to enhance your cupid's bow or create more symmetry, use a pencil that matches your lips, not your lipstick.

Soften the edges: Careful application is good, but don't get too caught up with clinical precision. Just smudge the border of your lips slightly for a diffused effect that can give the appearance of slightly fuller more dimensional lips.

Start at the Center and work your way outwards: When applying any shade of lipstick, start at the center of lips and blend the color out toward the corners of your mouth — there's less room for error with over-application.

Blot: To make your lipstick last longer, apply it straight from the tube, blot with a tissue, then swipe it on again. Blotting will create a base, and the second coat adds shine and coverage.

Disregard the rules: You know the old adage about keeping the rest of your makeup simple when wearing a bold, bright lipstick, not everyone follows the rules, and they are better off for it. 


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