And it doesn’t involve buying a new product.

By Chelsea Traber Burns

Have you ever found that the lipstick shade you swatched on your hand doesn’t look the same when you swipe it on your lips? That’s because the color of the skin on your hands is a completely different color than your lips. The skin on your hands is more of a neutral canvas, whereas your lips have more of a pink tint that’s going to skew the lipstick color. So what’s the solution you ask? Neutralize your lips with concealer before applying your lipstick.

We asked New York City makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes for her tips on how to get the most out of this trick. Using the same concealer you use for under-eye circles or zits, “dab a little across your lips using your finger,” says Hughes. “It will help neutralize the color of your lips, so your lipstick can pop as well as appear more opaque.” We also love that it acts as a primer, filling in fine lines and adding grip to help lipstick last longer and stay in place. After you’ve applied your lipstick, create a crisp rim around your lips by cleaning up the edges with a little concealer on a small makeup brush.

Here, some of our favorite new lip formulas for fall:

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain ($36; sephora.com)

Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick ($21; sephora.com)

Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick ($24; ulta.com)

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