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Feb 26, 2006
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Here are some simple but effective tips to make the most of your lipstick:

1. The shinier the lipstick, the greasier it will be because of the wax content. So on a hot day don’t go for gloss as the wax is likely to melt and the lipstick will disappear. Opt for matte instead.

2. Do you prefer the frosted look? It’s great for daytime wear. Apply a shimmer highlighter stick on clean lips first and then the lipstick.

3. Don’t use your lip-pencil or lip liner as a lipstick as this will tend to dry up your lips. Use what it is meant for, to define the shape of the mouth.

4. Apply lipstick with a lip brush. Why? When used directly from the tube you apply about 5-6 layers of color when your lips need only two! Moreover, your lipstick tends to stay on longer.

5. Blotting helps to remove excess lipstick at the center of mouth and the edges of the lip line. To blot: take a tissue or paper and keep between your lips and kiss the paper.

6. After blotting your lips, you could take a small eye shadow brush or use a powder puff and brush a little loose talc over the lipstick to set it.

7. Next apply lip gloss towards the center of lips. Powder applied before gloss will keep gloss, cream and frosted colors on longer.

8. Don’t toss out old greasy lipsticks! Scoop them out and apply to a small plastic pill box, or a small tin container. Heat in the microwave or light a candle to it for a few minutes. The lipstick will melt. Let it cool, or refrigerate for about 5-10 minutes. The lipstick hardens to a new consistency, and is no longer so greasy!

9. Is your lipstick a shade too light? A soft brown eye shadow applied on lips first will darken any light shade!

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The skin on your lips is tender. That is why it gets drier faster and also dulls easily. We have said in the past that rubbing the cream of milk every night can give you luscious ruby red lips. The other lip treatment is to use a drop of glycerine, lemon juice and honey. Homemade butter (what is called ghee in India) is also an excellent lip treatment. Just massage your lips for about a minute every night with these natural ingredients for flawless, rich lips. Also note that there is not very much you can do about the natural colour of your lips, but these treatments will help you get the best of your natural colour.



To create a trendy or different look to your regular make up, shimmer up your lips with gloss.

• While, lip-gloss is best recommended in summers, it can perk up your look at any time of the year.

• Remember that even the shade of gloss colour can make a difference. So make sure you pick the right one out.

• Also, be careful not to over apply. And for the evening out, add a dash of shimmer to the gloss.



To make your lips look fuller and sexier, especially if you have thin lips, use light-coloured or neutral-shade lipsticks. Pale shades make lips look fuller. Finish with a shimmer-gloss for Party-wear. To enhance a pout, dab a silver/shiny lip-gloss onto the centre of your lower lip.


Here are a few tips to get luscious looking lips in minutes:

• Always outline lips with lip liners. Opt for a shade that is darker than the lipstick. Unlike pencils, these are felt-tipped and the colours are easier to apply.

• Lip liners should be followed with a stroke of lip pencil. Some pencils are available in dual shades, which means you get two colours on one pencil.

• Applying lipstick with a lip brush brings out the colour of the lipstick. Clean these in warm, sudsy water.

• Matt shades are not shiny and make lips look less full.

• Pearly shades on the other hand accentuate emphasis on lips, making them look fuller. Pearly shades go well on shimmering fabrics.

• Though transfer resistant lipsticks may seem like an expensive buy initially, they last longer and are a smart buy.

• Always touch up lip make-up with lip gloss that adds shimmer to lips and creates a glamorous look.


Want lips that pout? Apply lipstick except in the centre of the mouth. Apply a lighter shade in the centre of the mouth and touch it up with lip gloss.

• To tone down protruding lips, use lighter coloured lipstick, this will ease down the protruding effect.

• For thinner lips apply foundation on the lips and outline lips with lip pencil (within the natural lip line). Fill in lipstick with a lip brush.

• To make thin lips look fuller, apply foundation on mouth area. Use a lip pencil to outline the lips just beyond the natural lip line and fill in with desired colour.

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