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Lipstick 101

The Martha Stewart Show, November 2007

Although it seems like an easy thing to do, there are definite guidelines to follow if you want your lipstick to complement your complexion and look natural. You need to start with a smooth lip surface, so you want to remove any dry skin or flakes.

Lipstick How-To
Part One: Homemade Scrub
1. Make homemade scrub by combining 1 teaspoon sugar and a couple of drops of almond oil in a small bowl.

2. Gently scrub lips for 30 seconds.

3. Remove with a warm wash cloth.

Part Two: Applying Lipstick
1. Apply primer to smooth your lips.

2. Apply foundation to even out your lip color.

3. Use lip liner to define shape of lips. Tip: If you have thin lips, you can extend your natural lip line by using the same color as your natural lips.

4. Fill in lips with liner.

5. Apply lipstick. Tip: Use lip brush to apply color; this gives you a perfect shape and uses less product.

6. To allow your lipstick to stay longer, blot your lips with a tissue, then reapply the lipstick.

7. Finish with a dot of gloss in the center of your bottom lip. Purse lips to spread even thin shine on both lips.

Special thanks to Eva Scrivo for demonstrating how to apply lipstick and giving useful makeup tips. For more information on how to choose the correct lipstick color, Blueprint created this helpful chart: Picking Your Color. For more information on the Principe Lip Serum used in this segment, visit, and to learn more about the T. LeClerc satin lipstick (shade: indecent), visit Visit to learn about the Maybelline New York products that were given to the audience: Moisture Extreme Lipstick in the most popular shade, "wine on ice"; a great lip liner; and Shine Seduction lip gloss.


Comments (14)

  • Poshmommy 16 Jan, 2008

    Bitsy please post when you get them, I would love to know if those are the right colors. Holidays got the best of me and I havent had a chance to order them. Thanks!

  • cuddlesmama 14 Dec, 2007

    Did anyone look up Blueprint for Picking Your Colors? I can't get to it on my computer. Has anyone had any luck?

  • bitsybitsybitsy 13 Dec, 2007

    I ordred the lipstick last night and took a chance with the lip pencil by ordering tendre, as mentioned by Poshmommy. They were a bit pricy, though the shipping was less than any of the other makeup web sites. I have found that most of the lower priced lipsticks don't have that smooth ,creamy feeling or deep colors.

  • ItalianMama52 13 Dec, 2007

    Thanks for the info momo...Boots is a great Europe, they have an entire store full of good things!

  • momofpeanut 13 Dec, 2007

    For those of you not wanting to spend that much on a lipstick, Boots (at Target) has a color called "Sweet Temptation" that is very close....and it's only $9.99!

  • Poshmommy 13 Dec, 2007

    Might be tendre lip pencil. Same brand

  • Poshmommy 13 Dec, 2007

    Yes! please list the color and brand of the lip pencil. I always have a hard time finding one that isnt too orange but is still nude! Thanks! Looks like it may also be from the T. LeClerc brand.

  • ItalianMama52 13 Dec, 2007

    Today's segment was great, except it would be WONDERFUL to know the brand name and color of the lipliner used on the model....someone PLEASE post it. Thanks.

  • bitsybitsybitsy 12 Dec, 2007

    Did you see?? They finally added the info above!

  • potager 12 Dec, 2007

    I think she said it was by "Teela Clark" (I'm spelling it phonetically) and the color, I think was "Indecent"...Haven't been able to find anything even close online, though! Very nice shade, it was!

  • Julie_777 12 Dec, 2007

    I, too, was searching today's site to see if they listed the name and brand of the lipstick Eva used on the model.

  • momofpeanut 12 Dec, 2007

    I need to know too! I may be dating myself but remeber when Monica Lewinski was being interviewed by Barbara Walters and the biggest thing to come out of it was that Club Monaco sold out of the lipstick that Monica was wearing!

    Can't wait to hear what it is!

  • bitsybitsybitsy 12 Dec, 2007

    Does anyone know what the name of the brand of lipstick is that Eva applied to the model today on the show?

  • bitsybitsybitsy 12 Dec, 2007

    Does anyone know what the name of the brand of lipstick is that Eva applied to the model today on the show?