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Don't Line Your Lips Before Applying Lipstick
After recently clearing up the "Which comes first?" debate over mascara and lash curling (for those who missed it: curling), we posed the same question to makeup artist Napoleon Perdis about lip liner and lipstick. "Apply your lipstick; then use a lip liner to trace around the edges," he said. "The liner will glide on more smoothly than it does on a bare mouth, leaving a more natural outline but still creating a barrier against bleeding." To avoid ring-around-the-mouth, use a pencil that matches your lipstick shade, nothing darker. 

Jenny Bailly
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