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3 Tips for Great Lips
Wipe out flakes. Smooth lips by gently rubbing them with a damp washcloth or soft toothbrush, then apply lip balm, suggests Jo Strettell, makeup artist for Rimmel. If the rough patches persist, it may actually be a reaction to the fragrance in your lip balm or lipstick. "Chronically peeling lips are often a sign of an allergy," says Santa Monica dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D., who suggests switching to a hypoallergenic product.
Disguise lip lines. Exfoliation and hydration are also key to smoothing lip lines. Try a thick balm or hydrating treatment like Le Couvent des Minimes Nutritive Lip Balm ($10, department stores). Then slick on a shiny gloss or lipstick; matte formulas can get caught in the creases.
Fake fullness. Lip-plumping glosses are a fun way to fill out thin lips. They rely on ingredients like cinnamon that temporarily swell the skin. For best results, apply them to a bare mouth. "There's no downside as long as you're not allergic to the plumping ingredient," says Dr. Shamban. Try FusionBeauty LipFusion ($36, Sephora) or Prestige Wonder-Full Lip Plumping Gloss ($6; drugstores). Or opt for a gloss with shimmer to give lips a more 3-D look.
Who's Afraid of Bold, Red Lips?
Red lipstick looks festive and can make your teeth look brighter. Here's help in finding (and putting on) the right red hue for you.
Use this foolproof method: Choose a color based on your undertones, says L.A. makeup artist Heather Currie. If your skin is olive, orangey reds look best. Try Chanel Rouge Allure in Audace ($30, department stores). If pink undertones predominate, try blue-based reds like Avon Limited Edition Pro-to-Go Lipstick in Party Rouge ($8, avon.com). True reds neither too blue nor too orange are the tooth brighteners. They look good on everyone. Try Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge ($29, department stores).
Dress up lips with berry tones if you're red-shy; they're slightly less siren-y. Try a wine or plum shade, such as Revlon ColorStay Mineral Lipglaze in Perpetual Plum ($9, drugstores).
Opt for sheer formulas if your skin is blotchy or uneven. Conversely, the deepest, most opaque reds flatter smooth, even skin.
Match your liner to red lipstick. You want reds to look really perfect, suggests celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip.
Keep lipstick off teeth with this Hollywood makeup artist's move: Apply your shade, then place a clean finger in your mouth, purse your lips, and pull your finger out along with any excess color.
Give your favorite shade more staying power by filling in lips with liner, placing color over it, then dabbing on translucent powder. Add another coat of color and a second light dusting of powder. Or try a long-lasting lipstick; the latest formulas don't dry out lips. We like L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipstick in Rosé ($12, drugstores).
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