When searching for that perfect lip shade, looks can be deceiving when it comes to the color of the product before it leaves the bottle or tube. You may be tempted to check the color on the back of your hand, but there’s an even better spot to try: The tip of a finger.
Grab a mirror and see for yourself—the skin of your fingertip is closer to your lip color than the skin on the back of your hand. And while slapping a sample of product straight from the tube onto your lips isn’t hygienic, some beauty stores like Sephora will actually sanitize and gently shave lipstick for you so that you can eliminate the guesswork entirely.
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