By InStyle Staff
Updated Apr 29, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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At a brunch during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Camilla Belle wore an understated nude lip. We love how the barely-there shade maintained a matte finish without making her lips look parched. The key to the perfect matte pucker is all in the prep. Exfoliate your lips and apply an ultra-hydrating balm before layering on your lipstick. And remember, not all lipsticks are created equal. Look for a soft, creamy matte that is easy to apply and easy on your lips. When it’s time to reapply, take everything off and start over so the product doesn’t get cakey.