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5 Basic but timeless makeup techniques

Allison Pynn has worked on the faces of Paula Abdul, America Ferrera, The Band Perry, Bret Michaels, and Sarah Palin. She grew up in rural Indiana running around corn fields and digging up worms, but always with lip gloss on! Allison has...

Makeup basics

These makeup basics should be on every girl's must-know list no matter the season. They will keep you looking fabulous as all the trends come and go!

How to wear bold lipstick

Makeup basics

Bold lips are "in" year-round! You can stay current by choosing a bright, fun color in the summer (hot pink or bright coral) or rocking an edgy, dark color in the winter (deep purple or red).


  • Foundation
  • Loose powder
  • Lipstick of choice
  • Clear gloss (for a glossy finish)


  1. Start by swiping foundation all over your lips.
  2. Add some loose powder all over your lips (or pressed powder if that's all you have). This will cancel out your natural lip color and absorb any oils to give your lip color a fresh platform.
  3. Take your lip color and start outlining your lip shape and fill in.
  4. Next, take more loose or pressed powder and go over the entire lip area again. This will not only set your lip color and help prevent feathering, but the layering will ensure long-lasting color throughout the day.
  5. Lastly, go over your powdered lips one last time with your lip color and fill in. You can either stop here and rock the matte look or for added shine, swipe a clear gloss over lips. Voilà! Sexy bold lips with staying power!

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