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10 commandments to wear bright lipstick

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Who doesn't love bright and bold lipsticks? But sometimes pulling off one ain't as easy as it looks. Some of the most common issues most girls face are color fading unevenly, flaky lipstick, ugly smears... you get the drift. If you answered a resounding “Yes” to any of these problems, then it’s time for a crash course. Here's the checklist. 
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1. Exfoliate
There is nothing worse than wearing a bright lipstick on chapped or flaky lips. The key to stopping lipstick from flaking is exfoliating your lips. You need a clean, smooth canvas to work with. A good scrub will exfoliate your lips, removing dead skin. Grab a wet wash cloth or a good lip exfoliator and scrub away that dead skin. A simple sugar and lemon juice scrub works just as well.
Nykaa Recommends: ENN Kandy Floss Lip Scrub and Juicy Chemistry Lemon & Spearmint Lip Scrub
2. Moisturise
It’s important to keep your lips moisturised and hydrated at all times. This will keep your freshly scrubbed lips soft, hydrated and smooth, making for a smooth lipstick application. Apply lip balm overnight and whenever your pout starts feeling dry, but never just before wearing lipstick because the color won’t stick to your lips.
Nykaa Recommends: ENN Kandy Floss Lip Scrub and Juicy Chemistry Lemon & Spearmint Lip Scrub
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3. Choose the right shade
Wearing the wrong shade that doesn’t match your skin tone is a beauty faux pas. The fact is that every skin tone is different, so choose a shade that complements your skin tone to a T. Here are some general guidelines to help you make the right choice. If you have a fair Skin Tone,try bright pinks, peachy pinks and deep reds. If you have a medium skin tone, then consider yourself lucky as almost every shade looks great on you. Dark lipstick shades look striking on dusky skin tones. Choose a deep berry, burgundy or wine shade. You could even choose a fuchsia pink color for maximum effect
Nykaa Recommends: Fair skin tone- Nykaa So Matte Lipstick - Pink Flirt 09 M, Medium skin tone- Faces Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayon - Smokin' Hot 11 and Colorbar Take Me As I Am Lipstick
4. Apply a base
If you want your color pay off to last for hours, apply a base first. You could use your regular foundation or concealer to conceal blemishes and achieve an even skin tone. This will create a clean slate to start with;  plus it will allow your lipstick to stay on for long.
Nykaa Recommends: L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation, Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer
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5. Line it
Think lip liners make an outdated look? Not so! In fact, it’s a savior for bright lipsticks and also aids in a precise application. Plus, it keeps your lipstick from bleeding. The only rule you MUST follow: Choose a lip liner in a shade that matches or is lighter than your lipstick and fill in the borders with lipstick.
Nykaa Recommends: Inglot Soft Precision Lipliner, NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner
6. Start from the middle
Never start any lipstick application form the corners of your lips. Always start from the middle of your upper lips and blend it outward using a lip brush. Since, the corners are narrower, starting from there will make the lipstick bleed.
Nykaa Recommends: Sigma Lip Brush, PAC Lip Brush
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7. Avoid staining your teeth
Ahh the horror of ending up with lipstick on your teeth. In order to avoid this faux pas, close your mouth around your index finger and pull it out with a pop. It’s that easy!
8. Apply, blot and re-apply
If you want the lipstick to last long after lunchtime, apply and blot with a tissue. Repeat till you’re happy with the coverage. Then cover your lips with a thin tissue paper and dab on some translucent powder. This will seal your lipstick.
Nykaa Recommends: LOreal Paris True Match Minerals Mattifying Powder Translucent, L.A Girl HD Pro Setting Powder - Translucent
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9. Clean the sides
Use a clean tissue and wipe the excess form the outline of your lips. Then with a concealer and a flat brush redefine the lip line. This will not only give you a neat application but will also define your lips.
Nykaa Recommends: Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer, LOreal Paris True Match Concealer
10. Balance the rest of your makeup
Once you have your statement lipstick on point, remember to keep the rest of your makeup minimalistic. Your bright lips are going to grab eyeballs so keep the focus on them. Either go incredibly minimal with a sheer foundation, mascara, and a brushed-up brow for day glam, or amp it up with smoky kohl for a dramatic evening look.
Nykaa Recommends: Colorbar Zoom & Whoosh Mascara, Maybelline The Colossal Liner – Black
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