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5 Tricks for Wearing Red Lipstick

How to make it look sleeker and stay on longer

Is it so much to ask that your red lipstick stay on your lips (and not your wine glass)? We think not. Here, five genius tricks to help you trouble-shoot that gorgeous pout.

 

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TO MAKE IT LAST LONGER, APPLY POWDER FIRST

Hate reapplying? Dust a layer of powder onto your lips before putting on lip liner and lipstick to help the color set and stay in place. Then go to town talking, eating, making out with bartenders--whatever! (Watch our video to see exactly what to do.)

2.

FOR A MORE PRECISE APPLICATION, USE A LIP BRUSH

Ever wind up with red lipstick a quarter inch above your mouth? (Not a good look.) A lip brush gives you precision and control so you can speedily apply--but in the right places. For best results, start at the outer corners of your lips and blend toward the center. (It's especially helpful when applying darker hues.)

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TO AVOID LIPSTICK MARKS, LICK YOUR WINE GLASS

Sure, it sounds crazy, but if you subtly lick the rim of the glass before you sip, your lipstick will stay on your lips (where the beauty gods intended it) versus ending up smudged on the edge of your stemware.

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TO TAKE IT OFF, USE BABY OIL

Unless you like looking like a deranged clown, we recommend properly removing that shade of fire-engine red. Just slick a layer of baby oil onto your lips, let it sit for a minute, then use a washcloth to wipe it off (which, bonus, will exfoliate off any dry flakes). If you can still spot a bit of color, use a spare toothbrush to gently slough off the remaining stain.

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USE IT AS CONCEALER IF YOU'RE IN A BIND

This is one trick you have to see to believe. Watch the action here.