You’re never too old for bold lipstick

LOOK AFTER YOUR LIPS: It’s a good idea to prepare and soften the lips before applying lipstick, advises Louise. If lips are rough then gently exfoliate them with an old toothbrush or flannel (or you can buy lip scrubs).

Moisturising the lips should be a regular thing, put some Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream Skin Protectant The Original on while you’re doing the rest of your makeup and then by the time you get round to lips it should have soaked in. Blot off any excess. If the lips needs defining, or your lipstick bleeds, then use a lipliner.

Lipstick Queen do great invisible lipliner – or use one in a similiar shade to your natural lip colour, even if the lipstick is bright. Tip: just define the cupid’s bow for a little, natural definition. Use a lip brush to apply a bright lipstick. This is the way to achieve a clean line and it will stay on longer, especially if you do a few layers blotting between each.

Lip brushes also mean you can control how intense you go, so if you’re a little nervous about bold colour, just use a brush to add it so that you end up with more of a tint.

GET CHEEKY: Finally, a little cream blush. Try Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge or Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour. And you have a more polished appearance, without overshadowing the star of the show.

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