Pro set: “A matte lipstick to a large lip is like painting a garage door,” remarks Gillian. “It lacks dimension.” While the finish will make your lips appear bigger, they’ll also read flat. Apply a shot of shine in the centre, on top of your classic lipstick, to add dimension to your luscious smackers. Simply add clear gloss or try one with tiny gold flecks for evening shimmer. For Tyra Banks’ rich, bronzy skin tone, Gillian loves flattering golden-reds. “Women often wonder which shade will suit them best, but the one you’re first drawn to is usually the right one.”
Sure bet : Cover Girl Outlast Double LipShine in Cabernet, $13
Pro set: Shapely lips with a pronounced Cupid’s bow can dive into a matte red finish for a classic Hollywood look, but beware of any application mistakes, which show up easily. Improving the condition of your lips 3–4 days before a big event smooths a rough, chapped surface. And to avoid ring-around-the-outside syndrome by midday, use just enough of a long-wearing lip colour to add pigment. It’s important to apply it over clean, dry lips, so banish the balm for now and use lipliner afterward to clean up the edges. With the latest long-wearing formulations in liquids and gels, the less you use the better, so remove excess from the applicator and skip re-apps.
Sure bet: Delux Beauty Lipstick in Nigel, $29
Pro set: The key to Mary-Kate Olsen’s sensuous lips is precise application. Start with a sharp lipliner and apply it while donning a closed-mouth grin (this gives you the ability to clearly see your lip line). Begin at the centre and save the corners till last. Then, open your mouth all the way to fill in the corners. If you’re set on balancing your lip size (we love that Olsen left hers alone), you can extend your upper lip line by only the diameter of a sharp lip pencil before it starts to look wrong. Next, with a lip brush, apply a creamy lipstick that reflects light, concentrating on the centre of your mouth and working out toward the border of your lips.
Sure bet: L’Oréal Colour Riche in British Red, $11.