Read my lips for this season's hot tips

20:28, Sep 10 2013
Helen Mirren lipstick
As Helen Mirren shows, there's no need to shun bright colours in your 60s and beyond. Try Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Berry Allure, $24.50.
Andie MacDowell and lippy
For 50-somethings like Andie MacDowell, less opaque lipsticks can boost definition. Try Clinique’s Color Surge Buttershine Lipstick in Cranberry Cream, $46.
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani, 43, is still mad about bright lips, but some 40-somethings may find their lipline is fading. Try Elizabeth Arden’s Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Poppy Cream, $48.
Michelle Williams
Lips less defined than Michelle Williams' in your 30s? Using a lip pencil on top of a colour like Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fuchsia Shock, $23.50, can help.
Georgia May Jagger
Fancy-free 20-somethings like Georgia May Jagger can go for broke with bright lip colours. Amp up your look with MAC Lipstick in Morange, $40.

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).

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