Not brave enough for a matte fuchsia lip? Worried that vibrant orange will make you look like a Ringling Bros ring-in? New season lip shades certainly aren't subtle. But if you are unsure, there are a few tricks to getting long-lasting, clown-free colour, regardless of age.
IN YOUR 20S
If you're in your 20s there is nothing much to be wary of. You don't have to worry about lipstick bleeding or seeping into wrinkles. Amp it up with MAC Lipstick in Morange, $40, a gorgeous eye-popping tangerine.
IN YOUR 30S
Smokers and sunbathers beware. This is when you'll start to see those tiny, colour-trapping, lines fanning out from your lips. A lip pencil will help. Try applying lipstick or gloss first, and then pencilling in definition over the top. Consider Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fuchsia Shock, $23.50.
IN YOUR 40s
You may be finding that your lipline is fading or thinning. A method sometimes used by professional makeup artists to make the lips look fuller is to apply an eyeshadow in a colour closest to your natural skin tone very close to the edges of your mouth. Apply lipstick on top. Try Elizabeth Arden's Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Poppy Cream, $48.
IN YOUR 50s
Lack of definition could be your problem. Cosmetic fillers will help but can hurt - your lips and your wallet - so for pain-free relief try a lip-primer to create a smooth surface. One trick is to fill in your entire mouth (don't forget the corners) with a pencil that matches your natural lip colour, and then apply lipstick over the top. Try a less opaque formulation like Clinique's Color Surge Buttershine Lipstick in Cranberry Cream, $46.
IN YOUR 60S AND BEYOND
You will naturally be more cautious of bold colour but, with careful application, there is no need to shun summer brights. Avoid matte lipstick in favour of sheer formulations and apply gloss (over lipstick) to the centre of the lips only. We like Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Berry Allure, $24.50 (on counter mid September).
- Fairfax Media