7 Genius Lipstick Hacks Every Woman Needs to Know

You know you have at least five lipsticks rolling around in the bottom of your bag. Here’s exactly how to use them so you get the most out of your favorite shades.

1. Exfoliate dry lips for a smoother lipstick application with a clean, disposable mascara wand. Just apply a balm over your mouth first to give your lips some slip, so it’s easier to slough away any flaky skin.

2. Keep lipstick off your teeth by sticking your clean pointer finger in your mouth, wrapping your lips around it, and pulling it out. Any lipstick that would have gotten on your teeth will be left on your finger.

3. Use your favorite pink lipstick of choice as a cheek color. Just be sure to blend it in with your finger like you would any cream blush.

4. Repurpose broken eye shadow as a lip color. If your favorite shadow crumbles and it’s a color you’d also wear on your lips, store the broken pieces in a tiny container and mix what’s left with some balm on a spoon, and then apply.

5. If your lips have a lot of pink or red tones in them, pat concealer over them before you apply any lipstick to nude them out. This helps ensure that your lip color will look exactly how it does in the packaging on your lips; otherwise, the pink or red tones will alter how the color appears when you apply it.

6. Perfect your Cupid’s bow by drawing an “X”  on the center of your upper lip. Then, fully line and fill in the rest of your lips to give your matching lipstick something to grip on to. That way, when it starts to wear off, it will do so evenly, and you won’t have that tell-tale ring of lip liner around your mouth.

7. Make your lips appear larger by applying one shade of lipstick over your entire mouth, and then a shade in the same color family that’s a lot lighter (you can even use concealer if you really want a major effect) in the center.

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