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|1.|| Start Fresh |
Start fresh. Exfoliate lips once or twice a week then follow with balm. (Smart Cover has our Lip Pumice Stick that exfoliates the lips and our Tea Tree Oil Stick naturally lubricates the lips).
|2.|| Avoid Too Much Sparkle |
"Shimmer can look cheap," says makeup artist Troy Surratt. Look for lipsticks with a creamy finish. "Light reflection should come from moisture in the formula, not metallic pigments," he says (Our Two-in-One Glow Stick has a creamy finish and can be used even on the cheeks)!
|3.|| Find the Right Bright |
Choose a bright shade based on your lips' natural color-not your skin tone. Women with pale lips look best in cherry red or coral; for naturally reddish lips, try hot pink, orange, or cranberry; for dark lips, brick red and burgundy are ideal.
|4.|| Look Good Nude |
The prettiest nude lip color is slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone. If you're pale, look for something with a hint of pink. Those with yellow or olive undertones or dark skin look best with sandy beiges.
|5.|| Avoid the Vampire Effect |
Blue-or black-based shades that are too dark can be severe, aging, and even a little scary. Look for lipsticks with berry undertones instead.
|6.|| Don't Worry About Liner |
Liner is no longer a must-most lipsticks don't bleed," says Surratt. But, Flori says they certainly help define your lip line as you age. To enhance your Cupid's bow or add symmetry, use a pencil that matches your lips, not your lipstick. If you find that you have some lipsticks that bleed, (Smart Cover's Anti-Feathering Stick will help prevent it).
|7.|| Soften the Edges |
Careful application is good; clinical precision isn't. Just smudge the border of your lips slightly.
|8.|| Start in the Middle |
When applying any shade of lipstick, start at the center of lips and blend color out toward the corners of your mouth. Never apply it directly to the corners of your mouth-it will look clownish.
|9.|| Don't Overdo It |
Prevent a strong lipstick shade from looking heavy by swiping it on just your bottom lip, pressing lips together, and using your finger to distribute the color over your mouth.
|10.|| Blot, Blot, 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," says Surratt.