ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

1. GET INSPIRED. Pick a lip­stick muse (like RiRi) and set her as your phone’s back­ground photo.

2. BE BRAVE. Think you can’t wear a dark lip be­cause you’ve lived a life of colour­less balm?

Wrong. No amount of prior lip­stick-wear­ing is a pre­req­ui­site for this trend, but if you’re truly hes­i­tant, go with makeup artist Diana Car­reiro’s ad­vice: Wear a sheer colour to start and then grad­u­ally darken the shade un­til you’re com­fort­able. Hey, you’ve got to start some­where.

3. EM­BRACE THE PAST. Vin­cent Longo’s fall col­lec­tion of lip lac­quers ref­er­ence the brood­ing hues of the ’90s but have 21stcen­tury anti-ag­ing ben­e­fits and face-flat­ter­ing un­der­tones.

4. AP­PLY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT. For a flaw­less fin­ish, Car­reiro ad­vises us­ing a tooth­brush to gen­tly ex­fo­li­ate lips and then ap­ply­ing a hy­drat­ing lip balm. She sug­gests a mois­tur­iz­ing matte for­mula to pre­vent lip­stick from bleed­ing, but if you go with a creamy one, line lips with a clear or match­ing liner and then ap­ply lip­stick and blot lightly.

From top: Too Faced Melted Me­tal Liqui­fied Me­tal­lic Lip­stick in Jelly ($25); Vin­cent Longo Vel­vet Riche Lip Lac­quer in Daria ($26); GOSH Vel­vet Touch Matte Lip­stick in Matte Cherry ($14). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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