Exfoliating lips once to twice a week is a must.
Avoiding the sparkle
Lips that shimmer tends to look cheap or even worse, tacky.
Creamy finish lipsticks are the way to go. Light reflection should come from moisture in the formula and not metallic pigments.
Choosing the right bright
Complement a bright shade based on your lip’s natural color and not your skin tone. Pale lips look best in cherry red or coral. If your lips are naturally reddish in tone, try hot pink, orange or cranberry. For darker lips brick red and burgundy are ideal.
The most attractive and alluring nude lip color will be slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone. If you are pale skinned, look for something with a hint of pink.
Careful not to go Vampire red
Shades that are blue or black based and are too dark tend to be severe and scarier yet, aging. Look for lipsticks with berry undertones instead to soften a red lipstick.
Using a liner
Because today's lipsticks do not bleed, liner is no longer a must. To enhance your Cupid's bow or add symmetry, use a pencil that matches your lips and not lipstick. That is a must!
Softening the edges
Careful application is of course the goal, but careful to not be too precise. Smudging the border of your lips slightly will give you the perfect look.
Believe it or not, start in the middle
When applying any shade of lipstick, start at the center of your lips and blend the color out toward the corners of your mouth. Applying lipstick to the corners of your mouth will give you a clownish appearance.