A swipe of lipstick can easily make you look put together. Maximize its staying power by following these tried-and-tested guidelines.

Do exfoliate your lips

Flaky lips and lipstick don't go together, so grab a lip scrub and slough all the dead skin off. You may also use a wet, soft-bristled toothbrush rid your lips of the flakes.
Nekkid Warm Vanilla Lip Scrub, P200
Nekkid is available at www.nekkidmanila.weebly.com.

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Do prep your lips.
A moisturized lip is key to a pretty painted pout, so lip balm is a must. Also, after applying lip balm, you can paint a thin layer of foundation on your lips to help the pigments show vividly.
Human Heart Nature Flavored Lip Balm in Peppermint, P79.75
Human Heart Nature is available at Rustan's and Beauty Bar branches.


Do prevent it from bleeding.
Keep your lipstick from feathering by outlining and filling your lips with a lip lipner close to your natural lip color or your lipstick.
Sleek Lip Pencil in Bare Essential
Sleek is available at SM Makati.


Don't go overboard with the lipgloss.
We know that having a pillowy, full lip is all the rage now, and applying lipgloss is your shortcut to achieving it, but remember to go easy with it. Simply dab it on the center of your lips. Otherwise, you'll appear like you've smothered a whole piece of greasy lechon—not pleasant at all.
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Petalite
Revlon is available at department stores.

Do check for excess lipstick.
Lipstick on your teeth? Prevent this by doing the finger trick: put your index finger in between your lips and quickly pull it out to grab excess product. you may also try blotting it with a tissue.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna, P1,650
NARS is available at Central Square Bonifacio High Street and Rustan's branches.

Don't leave it bare.
Most creamy lipsticks need a protective coating to prevent them from sliding off. You may apply a veil of translucent powder or a coat of lip seal.

ARTDECO Magic Fix Lipstick Sealer, P995
ARTDECO is available at Beauty Bar branches.

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