Bright and bold lipsticks are fun to play with. However, there are a few girls who feel bright lipsticks are just not for them. First of all, that’s not true. Secondly, there are a few rules to follow when wearing a statement lip colour.

Since bright lipstick season is officially here, there’s no better time to share these five commandments that will ensure your lip colour looks gorgeous and stays put for a long time.

 

01. Exfoliate

01. Exfoliate

Wearing a bold lipstick on flaky and dry lips will only make the dryness look more prominent. Plus, your lipstick will also cling to the dead skin and settle into the fine lines and creases. This is more common during winter when lips tend to get dry quickly. Therefore, begin by exfoliating your lips using a lip scrub to remove dead skin and get soft, smooth lips.

 

02. Moisturise

02. Moisturise

It’s essential to moisturise your lips after exfoliating them. Apply a lip balm every night before going to sleep to wake up to baby soft lips. Additionally, swipe on a nourishing lip balm like the Vaseline Lip Therapy Vitamin E - Original before going in with lipstick. After all, lipstick always looks good on soft, supple lips.

 

03. Apply a base

03. Apply a base

If you want your lipstick to look perfect and the colour payoff to last long, apply a base first. The base can be your regular foundation or concealer. This will create a smooth base for your lipstick to glide on properly, plus it will make your lip colour last longer by giving it something to adhere to.

 

04. Line it

04. Line it

When used right, lip liners like the Lakme Absolute Forever Silk Lip Liner can accentuate your pout. Two basic rules to follow here are choosing a colour that’s closest to your lip colour or a shade lighter and avoiding overlining your lips. Lip liners offer precise application and prevent your lip colour from bleeding.

 

05. Pick the right colour

05. Pick the right colour

Wearing a shade that does not go with your skin tone is a major beauty faux pas. It will make you look mature or washed out. Those with fair skin should opt for shades like bright pink, and deep reds. Those with medium skin belong to the lucky lot as they can pull off almost every shade. Girls with deep skin tones can opt for fuchsia pink, wine or burgundy shades to enhance their lips. Always start at the centre of your lips and move outwards to get the perfect finish.

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