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How to perfectly apply lipstick

Red lipstick is one of the hottest trends right now, but attempting to apply it can be a bit intimidating. One false step can derail your whole look! OK, that may be exaggerating a bit, but getting your lipstick to look just right does take some practice. Whether your favorite shade is tomato red or fuchsia, follow this simple how-to guide and you'll be a pro in no-time.

You wouldn't apply foundation without first making sure you had a clean face, and the same goes for putting on lipstick. To get a clean lip line and make sure the color doesn't flake off during the day, it's important that your lips are well moisturized and exfoliated. Drinking plenty of water can help keep your lips hydrated, while lip balm, olive oil and coconut oil are also effective. For a little extra exfoliation, gently rub an old, soft toothbrush across your lips.

After adding a thin layer of foundation over your lips to act as a primer, follow these steps for easy application:

  • Rather than choosing a lip liner that matches your lipstick, use one that is close to your natural lip color.
  • After the pencil has been sharpened, make short strokes to outline your lips beginning at the top center and working your way outward. After repeating on the other side of your top lip, repeat the technique on the bottom. Be sure to follow your natural lip line and go slowly. You can rest your hand on your chin for better control. To make the lipstick last longer, follow this up by filling in your lips with the liner.
  • Now it's time to apply the lipstick! Rather than putting it on directly, it's best to use a small lip brush as a tool because it helps make application more precise. Relax your mouth as you paint on the lipstick, being careful not to go beyond the liner. When you're finished, blot your lips with a tissue to set the look in place.
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