Step 3: Paint
Now, for the obvious part: Filling in your lips. You may want to start by gently blotting the insides of your lips (where it’s wet) with a tissue to give the lipstick more of a surface to cling to–this is especially important when you’re wearing dark lipstick.
For those of you who prefer a little more control, I recommend using a fairly stiff, narrow lip brush to paint it on. Since I’m a bold risk taker who fears nothing, I generally apply my lipstick straight from the tube–but then again, I’m one of those lucky ladies whose lipstick shape stays pretty much intact until the tube is finished. I think that makes it easier.
Since dark lipstick has a tendency to make lips look smaller, it’s ok to exaggerate your natural lip line slightly–but obviously, don’t go too far outside of the invisible liner you drew on before. (By the way, the shade I’m wearing here is Burberry Lip Velvet in Bright Poppy, which I highly recommend.)