Tips for perfect lips

Your go-to gloss started letting you down, things started falling between the cracks (of your lips, that is) and, before you knew it, that matte lipstick in the window caught your eye.

For all those ready to make a break from gloss but not sure how to make a new relationship with lipstick really work, here's all you need to know to kiss the sticky stuff goodbye, or at least start seeing other products.

Misconception No 1: Lipstick will emphasise "flaws"

Some women shy away from lipstick because they assume it will emphasise perceived lip flaws such as wrinkles and dryness. And while gloss is the worst culprit when it comes to falling between the cracks of your lips, a bit of preparation is all one needs to ensure that lipstick goes on smoothly and doesn't head south.

Start by caring for lips nightly with a light exfoliating treatment and application of moisturiser. You can make a sugar scrub at home by combining a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of water.

Follow up exfoliation with an application of hydrating lip treatment. In the morning, slick on a coat of moisturiser before you begin your makeup routine. Allow it to sink in while you apply your other makeup first and then blot lips before applying lip primer, lip liner and lipstick.

Misconception No 2: Lipstick is too bold for day

Some women eschew lipstick for fear it is just too much for daytime wear. I suppose if your days are destined to be dull and void of colour, this could be true. Otherwise, it's how makeup is combined that really makes it "too much."

Misconception No 3: The colour won't last

Assuming lips are prepped in advance, begin by applying a lip base to enhance lipstick wear and banish colour bleeding.

Lip liner is a must. If you don't have the matching liner, opt for a neutral shade.