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Bite the bul­let, they say – but in the case of lip­stick, please don’t. To make it look (and feel) its best, fol­low these four ef­fec­tive steps

Women's Health (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

1. PREP.

If you want to see the lip­stick – and not the pile of dead skin cells un­der­neath it – gen­tly ex­fo­li­ate lips by rub­bing a damp, soft- bris­tled tooth­brush or a warm wash­cloth in cir­cu­lar mo­tions. Do­ing this will also help “in­crease cir­cu­la­tion, so lips are at their fullest,” says make-up artist Troy Sur­ratt. Then dab on a beeswax balm, like the vi­ta­min E-rich Faith­ful To Na­ture Nat­u­ral Beeswax Lip Con­di­tioner SPF15 (R12.50), to smooth the can­vas fur­ther.

2. LINE.

Liner may seem 80s, but it isn’t a bad idea, par­tic­u­larly when you’re wear­ing a bold hue that could look messy if it mi­grates. You can choose a shade that matches ei­ther your lip­stick or your lips (for the lat­ter, the in­side pad of your in­dex finger is a good indi­ca­tor of your lip hue). Trace the liner lightly along your nat­u­ral lip shape. Then gen­tly fill in the rest of your mouth with the liner; this base acts like a glue for your lip­stick.

3. CON­CEAL.

For the most pre­cise edge – or if lip­stick bleed­ing into fine lines around the mouth is a con­cern – trace con­cealer around the perime­ter of your lips, just be­yond your liner. ( The drier the con­cealer con­sis­tency – think solid, not liq­uid – the bet­ter.) Be­tween liner and con­cealer, you’ll cre­ate an im­pen­e­tra­ble dou­ble bar­rier that lip­stick will not, can­not, es­cape.

4. AP­PLY.

For a clean, clas­sic ef­fect, swipe your lip­stick on straight from the tube, start­ing in the mid­dle of the mouth and build­ing out to­ward the edges. End with a blot, us­ing ei­ther a tis­sue or, as Sur­ratt sug­gests, ac­tual blot­ting pa­per, to re­move ex­cess shine and leave be­hind a more matte (read: long- last­ing) fin­ish.

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