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Prep Your Face
Apply a thin layer of foundation to make skin look even. To avoid a washed-out appearance, dab cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks with your fingers. The shade should be a little more muted than your lipstick.
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Put on one coat of lipstick, then lightly outline with a liner in a matching shade. Using tip of pencil, blend liner into lipcolor. Smack lips together, then press lipstick into lips with finger so the color really sinks in. Finish with a little gloss in the center and once again smush lips together.
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While the bright lip is the focal point, you want your eyes to complement the look. Keep it balanced with a dark-colored (but not black) liner—navy, charcoal, or chocolate brown are all good options. Draw a thin line very close to the upper lashline, starting at the inner corner and moving outward. Lastly, apply one or two coats of chocolate brown mascara.
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Get the Look
Clarins Multi-Blush in Tender Raspberry
Use it to create a cheeky glow. Bonus: It's awesome for eyes and lips too.
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CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Spellbound
The shea butter, aloe, and avocado extracts make lips look and feel silky.
Available at drugstores, $6
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Maybelline New York Shine Sensational Lip Gloss in Watermelon Punch
Up the sheen factor without stickiness.
Available at drugstores, $6.50
Originally published in the May 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.