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Celebrate the arrival of spring with a gorgeous but simple on-trend tomato-red lip

Expert step-by-step

Celebrity make-up artist Daniel Sandler gives us the low-down on creating this season’s statement lip

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    Matte formulas tend to be drying, which can highlight flaws, so use a lip scrub or an old toothbrush to gently buff lips before applying a balm and leaving it to soak in for a few minutes.

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    This look is all about a precise lip line, so use your middle finger to tap on and blend foundation around the edge of your mouth, as this will help stop your lipstick bleeding.

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    Finally, using the pointed tip of a lip brush, outline lips with lipstick, focusing on defining your cupid’s bow. Then fill them in using short, light strokes. Blot using a single-ply tissue and re-apply another layer of lipstick using your brush for a longer-lasting finish.

Our cover kit

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Benefit POREfessional: matte rescue invisible-finish mattifying gel

Prep skin with New Benefit The POREfessional Invisible-Finish Mattifying Gel, £21.50/2,150 points (50ml), to lock your base in place.

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Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Oil Free Foundation

Forget powder - a liquid foundation like Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Oil Free Foundation in Nude, £5.99/599 points (30g), will give your skin an even, demi-matte finish.

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Maybelline Dream Blender

Apply your base with a damp sponge, such as New Maybelline Dream Blender, £4.99/499 points, for a natural-looking complexion.

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Universal Brow Pencil by Billion Dollar Brows

Brush up brows, then lightly fill in to define, using Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil*, £17/1,700 points.

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SEVENTEEN Long Lash Mascara

Keep the rest of your look pared back. Apply one coat of New Seventeen Long Lash Mascara Boots Exclusive £6.99/699 points, to the lower lashes and two coats to the upper lashes.

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Real Techniques retractable lip brush

Use a tapered tip to define lips: we like Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush, £7.99/799 points.

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A slick of long-wearing New YSL Rouge Pur Couture Satiny Radiance Lipstick in Le Orange, £26/2,600 points, will see you pouting from dawn till dusk.


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Photography: Oliver Shearing Beauty direction: Donna Francis Styling: Pamela Harris Make-up: Daniel Sandler Hair: Julie Read at Carol Hayes Nails: Georgia Hart at Terri Manduca Model: Iris at Milk Management


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