Q. How can I wear this summer's nude lipsticks without looking washed-out?
A. It's best not to go totally nude, especially once you reach 40. Like the rest of your face, lips lose pigment as you age, so to look younger, choose a lipstick or gloss with a touch of colour. I recommend choosing a shade that's slightly richer than your lips' normal hue; this provides a hint of tint but still looks low-key. Try Natio Mineral Lip Gloss in Lily ($14.95; chemists), Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lip Gloss in Maple ($38; dept stores) or Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Bonfire ($35; dept stores). For a dressier or night-time look, try a lip colour that's a shade or two brighter, such as Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Gloss in Popsicle ($40; dept stores). Play with textures, too: a creamy matte formula on casual days; a gloss for more glam events.
By Bobbi Brown, celebrity make-up artist and author of three bestsellers on beauty. Bobbi Brown is also the founder of her own multimillion-dollar cosmetics business, and Prevention's beauty columnist.AND: Find the right shade of foundation