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01.30.15

ASK A PRO: 10 LIPSTICK TRICKS

ASK A PRO: 10 LIPSTICK TRICKS

Perfect your beauty game with 10 lip tips from Gilbert Soliz, Global Artist for Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Lipstick is a girl’s best accessory, and we’re always looking for ways to wear it better. To celebrate the launch of the new Marc Jacobs Beauty luxury lipstick, Le Marc Lip Crème, we asked Gilbert Soliz, Sephora PRO Artist-turned-Marc Jacobs Beauty Global Artist, to deliver some lip service. BECKY PEDERSON

1. EXFOLIATE FIRST. “A gentle exfoliator will smooth over rough texture that is often exacerbated by the cold winter months.”

2. MOISTURIZE. “I always prep and prime the lip using Lip Lock Moisture Balm in Makeout. The buttery balm locks in hydration and goes on clear, so it won’t affect the lip color being applied over it.”

3. NEUTRALIZE. “Apply a tiny amount of concealer or foundation over your lips to create a really great base for color. This makes it easier to guide the lipstick ‘bullet’ and allows you to create your own lip line.”

4. BLOT. “Make your lipstick budge-proof by applying your favorite shade of Le Marc Lip Crème—which already has an incredible 10-hour wear—then blot with a single-ply piece of tissue. Repeat the application with another swipe followed by another blot. Before removing the tissue from your second blot, pat Perfection Powder in Translucent over the tissue to set lips and create a gorgeous, color-saturated, matte finish.”

5. MIND THE EDGES. “One of my favorite tricks to ensuring that lip color doesn’t feather or bleed—especially when wearing reds—is to utilize The Conceal—Full Cover Correcting Brush No.14 and swipe the perimeter of the mouth with Perfection Powder in one shade lighter than your natural skin tone.”

6. DON’T BE (P)OUTDATED. “Matching your lip color to your lip liner is a trend that isn’t as popular as it has been in decades past! To create a more modern lip, use a neutral-based (P)outliner Longwear Lip Pencil. These shades were designed to be your perfect natural lip color and create the ideal, longwearing canvas for lipstick. I use (P)outliner to outline, define, and fill in lips before applying color.”

7. CLEAN UP. “If you’re using a light-toned lipstick, sometimes it helps to apply the lipstick first and then define your lips with a nude lip liner. I love to do this with (P)outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in (Nude)ist.”

8. DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR. “If you’re wary of wearing something bold, like a bright red, start by lightly applying lipstick using your index finger. Gently pat it on for a soft, beautiful, stained effect.”

9. STAY COOL. “If you have a cool undertone, you’d look great in pinks or strong reds—both have a blue undertone. For a great pink, I love Le Marc Lip Crème in Je T’aime. For reds, I adore Goddess.”

10. WARM UP. “If you have a warm undertone, you can get away with great corals or reds with a brown or orange undertone. Le Marc Lip Crème in Rei of Light was inspired by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo. It’s this incredible, sophisticated shade of red with an infusion of rust. It complements warm tones perfectly!”

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