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To make this trend work for you, start with clean, bare lips. Gently exfoliate any dry skin by lightly rubbing your lips with a damp washcloth.
Pro tip* to smooth out wrinkles or fine lines and create a budge-proof canvas, prep your lips with your favorite clear primer - like Maybelline's baby skin pore eraser primer.
Using loaded bolds 'smoking red', carefully swipe a single-stroke of color across your lips for an opaque pop of red. be sure to use the edge of the lipstick to define your perfect pout.
Swipe on a coat of loaded bolds 'pitch black' for a darker, bolder shade.
Pro tip* press lips lightly together to blend.
Gently blot the color by pressing a tissue to your lips. don't put the tissue between your lips and press down because that will make your lipstick wear off unevenly.
Pro tip* dab a bit of highlighter on your cupid's bow, to enhance the natural curvature of your perfect pout.