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7 Women Tell Us Exactly How to Wear a Bold Lip

Because that sh*t is harder than it looks.

So you wanna go big in the lipstick department? You’re in the right place. We hit up seven women who do bold on the reg for their most valuable tips.

1. Make Lip Facials a Thing

“Brights look sexy...but only if your lips are smooth. To get mine flake-free, I DIY my own lip scrub (half coconut oil, half sugar) and buff it on my lips with a toothbrush, then slather on a balm.” —Neha SINGH, 32

Her Fave: Nykaa So Matte! Lipstick in Scarlet Siren, Rs. 399

2. Prime With Powder

“I tap the translucent kind on first to prevent creasing—and it doesn’t alter the color like traditional lip primers tend to do.”—Aarti Puri, 31

Her Fave: M·A·C Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama, Rs. 2,050

3. Blot Like Crazy

“After I apply, I lightly press a tissue on my lips to pick up any excess oil, wait a few seconds, and apply one more coat. The second layer sticks like glue.” —Sanya Goel, 32

Her Fave: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Firecracker Red, Rs. 299

4. Live Like a Royal

“Make like the queen: be mindful of your outfit (no clashing colours) and avoid face-to-face contact.”—Ragini Verma, 28

Her Fave: NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo,  Rs. 600

5. Touch Up With Concealer

“Actually use that lip brush you’ve never touched. Dip it in concealer and trace it around the edges of your lips after lunch to bring back the sharpness of your lipstick.”—Ayesha Zohri, 26

Her Fave :L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Lasting Matte Lipstick in I Rule, Rs. 650

6. Eat Like a Weirdo

“I stick my lips out like a horse when I’m eating so I can take a big bite of my lunch without it touching my lips. It’s the only way you can eat pizza and keep your lipstick on point, too.”—Ananya Mehra, 25

Her Fave: Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink City Edition Liquid Lipstick in Globetrotter, Rs. 650

7. Stay Away from Orange

“Sure, it looks fun in the tube, but it can be really unflattering (as in, it makes teeth look yellow and 99.9 percent of skin tones washed out). Stick to pinks, reds, and purples instead.“—Maria baruah, 26

Her Fave: Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur in Cool Plum, nordstrom.com, Rs.2,880