As a beauty guru always looking to innovate my typical looks, sometimes I feel that a matte lip just isn’t enough. And as an avid highlighter enthusiast, I often think — who says you should only strobe away those powders on your cheekbones? That’s why I choose add a little spark to my stark neutral or pink go-to lip shade.


Start by filling in your lips with a lipstick of your choice: my favorite for this Spring definitely has to be the NYX Professional Makeup Velvet Matte Lipstick in Soft Femme — a great universal pink with a purply-nude undertone. After two full coats, let the lipstick dry for about 30 seconds, and add a fun highlight shade overtop from the NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Highlighter Palette. Depending on the look you’re going for, tap on either the golden, light pink or pistachio hues onto the center of your cupid's bow with your fourth finger. And voila — you’ve instantly transformed your neutral pink lip for the season with just one touch and two harmonious products.

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About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.

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