Soft, smooth, plump. The trifecta of smoochable lips is perfectly achievable - even in the dead of winter, when the elements are conspiring against you. Try these three simple steps to pout perfection.


To create a smooth canvas for colour, slather lips with a generous layer of a hydrating balm and then buff away rough patches with a moist washcloth or sloughing treatment like [1] Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips ($9.95; lush.com.au). "Use gentle, circular strokes," says dermatologist Dr Doris Day, "and don't skip the pre-moisturising step or already dehydrated skin could peel and bleed." If you're extra-dry, apply another coat of balm - preferably one without petroleum, which can leave lips too slippery for colour to adhere to. Try [2] Jane Iredale Lip Drink Lip Balm ($23; margifox.com.au).

Description: Kiss & Make-up

Kiss & Make-up


After waiting a few minutes for the balm to sink in, slick on a lip primer, a neutral-toned base designed to keep colour from feathering or fading. "Most contain waxes that help pigment stay put for hours," says make-up artist Marcus Monson. We like [3] E.L.F. Studio Lip Primer & Plumper ($9.99; Elfcosmetics.com.au).


In addition to keeping your lipstick in place, lip liner can create the illusion of a more symmetrical or voluptuous mouth, says celebrity make-up artist Fiona Stiles, who advises using a pencil that can be sharpened. "Twist-up versions can dull after a few uses and won't allow for precise application." If you're already endowed in that area, choose a coloured pencil in a smudge-proof formula that complements your lipstick shade. Try [4] Rimmell 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner ($8.50; Priceline). Outline your lips exactly, and then fill them in a bit so there's no line of demarcation. To extend your lip lines, use a pencil that matches your natural lip colour to trace just outside of your pout. A universally flattering one: [5] CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipliner in Seduce ($11.95; pharmacies). Next, apply your lip colour straight from the tube or with a brush; blot with a tissue and repeat. "Two coats will make the shade appear more even," says Monson. To add shine or enhance fullness, dab some clear gloss in the centre of your kisser. Now pucker up!

Description: Rimmell 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner

Rimmell 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner

How to create the perfect smokey-eye

  1. Apply concealer over the lid and under the eye. Do your eye make-up first then apply foundation to the rest of your face so you end with a flawless complexion. Using your eyeliner, line the top and bottom of the eye and the inner wells of the eye

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  1. Using a smudge brush with dark tone shadow, go over the eyeliner and smudge
  2. Pat a medium-tone eye shadow all over the lid to the crease, and use a highlighter on your brow bone.
  3. Make your eyes pop by using the highlighter on the inner corners of the eye. 5 Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara on top and bottom lashes.
  4. Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara on top and bottom lashes.
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