Even if you’re not really into makeup, sometimes a swipe of lipstick can make you feel like a new person.  Some of the coolest chicks we know wear hardly anything on their faces apart from a boldly hued lip…and it works!  I get questions all the time about best practices, so here are some tips that will help you embrace the trend without looking like you got into your grandmother’s makeup drawer.

Can I wear this bright of a color?  Absolutely!  Yes, you will read all about what kind of shades to choose based on your own coloring and undertones, but really what it comes down to is confidence.  My rule is if you love a color, the color will love you back.  Bright lips definitely make a statement, so get ready to draw some attention to yourself.  If you feel uncomfortable, either suck it up and get used to it or keep going along in your bare-lipped ways.

Do I really need lip liner?  Yes, probably.  Unless your lips are perfect and evenly shaped, you are going to want to take the time and use a pencil to help be your guide.  We all know no one wants the dreaded outline that remains when your lipstick wears off and all that’s left is pencil, so be sure to not only line your lips but fill them in as well.  Great news:  your pencil doesn’t have to exactly match your chosen lipstick!  Use either something close to the shade you’ve picked or a color one or two shades off from your own natural lip hue.

Is it going to stay on? If you listen to me and wear lip liner it will!  If you still plan to be a lip liner holdout, here is a basic rule of thumb:  the drier the lipstick, the longer it will last.  If you are not a fan of the matte look–fine.  But remember, the glossier a formula is, the more quickly it is likely to migrate off your lips.

What about getting it on my teeth?  So you’ve picked out an awesome new lipstick and you’re ready to take it to the streets, but before you start smiling away, check your teeth.  The easiest way to eliminate the issue of lipstick-on-the-teeth is to take a Q-tip and clean up the inside of your lips (you know, the part that touches your teeth) and remove any excess product.