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6 Lipstick Mistakes You Didn't Know You Were Making

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    Lipstick takes the No. 1 spot on our list of beauty products we would need if we were stranded on a desert island. Okay, sunscreen too — but of all the beauty products out there, lipstick is definitely the easiest to use. It takes less than a minute to swipe on, and you need little else to feel pulled together. Depending on the shade, you can instantly portray unabashed confidence, vampy mystery, or a dalliance for all things quirky.

    But we've definitely had some mishaps when it comes to application. I mean, if you haven't experienced at least one mortifying lipstick-on-your-teeth moment, you're an anomaly, my friend. To keep your lipstick game on point, we tapped expert makeup artist Deanna Melluso to share her top tips and tricks, including how to make your color last for hours, feel comfortable, and of course, stay off those pearly whites. Start with your favorite product or signature shade (we've been reaching for the seriously moisturizing lineup of Burt's Bees Lipsticks), and pucker up.

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    Your Lipstick Is Running...Everywhere
    Translucent powder is a shiny girl's best friend. But while you already know it keeps oil at bay, you may not be aware of its multitasking prowess when it comes to lipstick. Melluso suggests dusting a bit of powder just over your Cupid's bow and on your chin. It will keep your color from straying throughout the day.

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    You're Sticking To Just One Coat
    Granted, one of the best things about lipstick is that it requires minimal effort — just swipe and go. But when you're in need of extra staying power, layers and layers make it last. Apply your first coat of lipstick, then use just one ply of tissue to blot your lips. Dust on a bit of translucent powder with your finger or a brush. And repeat this with three to four more coats of lipstick. Is it excessive? A bit. But you'll never have to deal with that sad rim of left-behind lipstick again.

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    You're Getting Smudges On Your Teeth
    We tend to get lipstick on our teeth in the most inopportune moments — first dates, job interviews — you know the deal. The occurrence is mostly due to dry teeth or a dry mouth, says Melluso, but it also happens when you apply pigment too close to the inner rim of your lip. To avoid it, she suggests performing what we like to call "the lollipop test." Simply wet a cotton swab with your tongue, suck on it like a lollipop (we know, it's weird), and then pull it straight out. Your signature red lipstick will end up on the swab, rather than on your teeth.

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    You're Over-Lining
    Scroll through the #FOTD or #makeup hashtags on Instagram, and you're sure to find a ton of overtly lined lips. Turns out, this trend's not going anywhere soon. But there is a more natural-looking way to get the full-lipped effect, says Melluso. Densely apply liner just in the center of your mouth, and finish with your favorite shade of lipstick. Our pick for summer: Burt's Bees Lipstick in Sunset Cruise, a pinky coral.

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    You're Exfoliating Your Face — But Not Your Lips
    Your lips need the occasional sloughing, just like the rest of your face. Otherwise, dead skin will build up and your lipstick will end up a rough, bumpy mess. (Cute, right?) Treat your lips to a sugar scrub, like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, two to three times a week. Or make your own with a mix of sugar and honey. In a pinch, Melluso also suggests running a toothbrush or damp washcloth over your lips until they're smooth.