Have you ever wondered why your lip color never looks quite right? For ages I would look at women on a picture or magazine or see them walking on the street and wonder "Where the heck do I get that shade of lip color? ...it's just FAB!" or staring at my lipstick and wondering why it doesn't look the same when I put it on! It drove me bananas! Well in this quick tip you'll discover that the perfect lip color may take more than one step to perfect and more than just a lipstick and a mirror to get it the way you want it. The key of achieving the actual tone of lipstick you see in your hand is by neutralizing your lips by applying concealer on them before any other product. If you tend to have cracked, dry lips, try to also apply a lip balm with the concealer. Tip: lip liners are not necessary if you don't have one; just use what you have. If you want to get fancy and precise, a lip brush to line lips and fill them can be used. Again, you can use your lipstick as a lip liner if you want to save money and time looking for one. You'll be amazed of the results if you just use a strong lip color around your lips and a soft color to fill them in and top it off with a nice, lustrous gloss! Go to your favorite make-up place and get a lip color that's close to the one you'd like on your lips. If you'd like a good variety, my personal favorite is M.A.C. or Estee Lauder (if you want quality, which you can obtain at Nordstrom...) It may be helpful to bring your magazine or photo with you to help you find what you need. (Kind of like taking a color swatch to the furniture store.) Then you want to ask your sales rep. for help matching what you've seen in a photo or magazine and tell her/him the look that you want. (e.g. cool tones or warm). P.S. Don't forget that the matching blush is a plus! Once you've selected the desired color, play with the color using concealers, glosses, and lining your lips with the strong tones and filling it in with a neutral gloss or shade of lipstick. Lip liners are not necessary to outline your lips. Just use a lip brush or the tip of the lipstick to outline lips and viola! If you want to neutralize your strong tones, a good way to do this is by using your concealer and applying it over your strong color to bring it slightly down or several tones down, depending on what you want. Good luck and please add on to this tip if you have any more ideas! XO!