Cherry red, hot pink, tangerine... The entirety of Milan to New York to Tokyo has been loud enough to express lip color boldness this year. However, in a still conservative country like ours, we still find ourselves hesitant to venture into boldness together with those trend-setting nations. I've been blogging about some bold lip colors lately, specifically
barbie pink and orange, and have gotten some feedback from my readers as to how to pull off such show-stopping hues. Here's my answer to all my readers. Here's some surefire tips to help you pull off bold lips in any shade.

1. Prep to perfection. Bright colors highlight every little flake, so it's critical that you condition lips before you apply. Rub them gently with a damp washcloth and follow with a rich moisturizing balm. I like Nivea Tinted Lip Care. Let it sink in and blot the excess. Avoid using foundation or lip primer as a base—both diute vivid colors and make them look milkier.

2. Stay inside the lines. Stop color from bleeding by filling in your mouth with a lip liner or stain that matches your lipstick shade. The dry texture will act like a magnet and keep color in place. I'd recommend a shade closest to your bright lipstick. I've been using Colour Riche Lipliners for two years now as I need cheaper versions than Shu Uemura Drawing Lip Pencils as I only seldom use them.

3. Be less exact. Apply lipstick with a brush or straight from the tube, then finish by tapping your finger along the mouth's border to soften any hard lines. Putting on bold shades too precisely looks outdated.

4. Finish with a clean slate. A little tip from the stage: Once your lipstick is on, stick your index finger in your mouth, close your lips, and pull it out to remove residue on the inside that could stain teeth. Finish with a touch of blush, a few coats of mascara, and groomed brows—and you're good to go!