This weekend, I sat in a makeup artist's chair to try a new lipstick. When she pulled out a stick of bright red, I didn't flinch; there is, after all, a red shade for everyone. But when she pulled out a pencil and started filling in my lips over the lipstick, I had questions. "Are you using the same color as the lipstick?" I asked.

"It's a little off," she said. "It gives depth."

"Why would you put on lip pencil over lipstick?" I asked. I expected the response to be about how lip liner is passe and this is the new way to wear it, or that the polymers in the lip pencil make the lipstick adhere better to the lips (which I fully made up).

Instead, she looked me square in the eye and said, "Your lips are dry."

Despite my bruised ego and a certain amount of disappointment that all the balms I've been dutifully slathering on have been for naught, at least I got a good tip to pass on to you: In this lip-chapping weather, apply liner over lipstick for a long-lasting, intense color that won't dry out your skin like some long-wearing formulas. Now you know.
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