Nine tips to help you get the best from your lippy!
1: Store lipstick - and perfume - in the refrigerator. It'll last longer.
2: Never use a tester on your lips - it's unhygienic. Test lipstick on your fingertips instead of the back of your hand - the colour and texture are closer to that of your lips.
4: Your lips will also look softer, 'smudgier,' and less defined if you don't use pencils or lip liners.
5: To avoid lipstick on your teeth, after application, run your index finger through the middle of your lips and pull it back out. The excess will come off on your finger, not your teeth.
6: In an emergency make-up situation, your lipstick can double as blusher. (But never use blusher on your lips.)
7: Outline your lips in pencil before you apply lipstick or gloss if you don't want your lipstick to feather.
8: Women over 50 usually look better with a cream lipstick rather than a matte or gloss. Every bit of moisture helps.
9: If your lipstick shade turns out to be brighter than you thought it would be, colour in your lips with a pencil a few shades darker than your lipstick (for instance, brown pencil under dark red lipstick) and layer the lipstick on top. Or coat the lipstick with a darker lip gloss, which will turn down the heat.
From Beauty: The New Basics by Rona Berg (Workman Publishing, ©2001). All rights reserved. Read more here: http://www.ronaberg.com/