Whether you’re a red lip or nude pout kinda gal, you can never underestimate the power of lipstick. It’s a confidence booster and can instantly pull your look together.

But perfecting your lip look takes more than just applying your favorite color. First, you have to make sure your lips are primed for a lip product. We recommend using a mask beforehand, like the sfglow Sun’s Out Pouts Out Lip Mask, to smooth out the lips and soothe any cracks. This mask in particular uses plant-based collagen and watermelon extracts to moisturize the lips.

Next, you’re going to want to pick a lipstick that deposits a rich color while conditioning the lips. Our pick? The M·A·C Cosmetics Powder Kiss Lipstick Duo. It contains moisture-coated powder pigments that condition and hydrate lips.

Now that you’ve picked out your lipstick, take an angled brush (we like to use the Eyebrow Brush from the Billion Dollar Brows 6pc Pro Brush Essentials Kit) to pick up some color from your lipstick of choice. Then, follow the steps below for the perfect pout.

Step 1

On the upper lip line, draw an “X” underneath your cupid’s bow and two dots on either side.

Step 2

On the bottom lip line, draw a line on the center and two dots on either side.

Step 3

Using the brush, carefully connect the dots.

Step 4

Fill in your lips using either the brush or the lipstick.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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