Don't play up the eyes and the mouth women who wear heavy eye makeup and dark lipstick can look clownish. If you want to wear This is a link red lipstick, keep the rest of your makeup light. If you are playing up the eyes, keep your mouth light with a gloss or light lip color that doesn't stand out.
For "plump" lips, apply liner just outside your natural lip line. Dab a bit of gloss in the middle of your bottom lip.
How to apply lipstick? Some women use special lipstick brushes. I own one and never, ever use it. Others use their middle finger. Most women apply right from the tube. Choose what's right for you, as long as the color gets on the lips, you're good.
Use liner on your lips as a base. Lipstick will last longer if you fill in your lips with the liner first. If you're using light lipstick, try a nude liner. Then slick your lipstick on top.
Lip gloss is infamous for wearing off fast, but if you fill in lips first with the liner, the gloss has something to stick to.
You can line before or after you apply lipstick or gloss. Some women prefer to apply liner first, arguing that you won't be able to see the natural line of your lips if you apply lipstick first.
Never use a dark liner with light lipstick. Defined lips are great, but make sure the liner matches the lipstick or gloss. Dark liner and light lips is tacky.
Don't test lipstick on your lips. It's just plain unhygienic unless you wipe off the lipstick with a big swipe of a tissue. Even better, test lipstick on your fingertips. It's a closer fit to your lips than the back of your hand.
Don't throw out a bad color lipstick. Beauty editors know you can create a great lip color by blending lipsticks you don't like. You can also color in lips with a darker liner before applying a lipstick that's too bright.
Keep lipstick off glass. Discreetly lick your lips before taking a sip from a glass. It works!
Keep lipstick off your teeth with this trick. After applying lipstick, take your index finger and pop it in your mouth, then pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger rather than your teeth.
Lipstick can act as a blush. But never use blush as a lipstick.
The older you are, the "creamier" your lips should look. As we age, our lips thin out.
Therefore, you should avoid matte and gloss and stick with a creamy lipstick. Also, watch out for dark lipsticks.