I did some searching in this forum and found several general "tips and tricks" threads, as well as several discussions regarding shades of red lipstick, so hopefully I'm not being redundant! I'm looking for a basic, "red lipstick 101" crash course. I have several shades I really like, but I have the most awful time applying red evenly and having it stay on. For everyday wear, I normally wear beiges, peaches, or pinks that are all quite forgiving, so I'm not used to wearing red daily. I see so many ladies here with immaculate, gorgeous red lips, so I'm really looking for technique tips on applying reds neatly and how to make it last. Here are some starting questions I have, and hopefully you ladies can add to this and tell me what works for you (brand/color suggestions welcome as well!) 1. What liner do you use (red, nude, brown?), or do you use a liner at all? 2. Do you apply directly from the tube, or use a brush? 3. Thoughts on blotting and powdering? 4. Thoughts on the long-lasting formulas?