Have you ever been out with family and friends having a great time laughing and chatting it up? You take a moment to go to the restroom, check yourself in the mirror and realize all your lipstick has disappeared? This happens to most of us all the time. No one likes to take time out of our busy day let alone a night out to reapply our lipstick every couple of hours.
With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve got a few tips to help keep those beautiful rich colored lipsticks stay on your lips longer.
Step One ~ Exfoliate This is the most important step to getting your lipstick to last. Exfoliation of your lips removes all the dry dead skin from your lips, so soft supple new skin can grow in its place. I like using Fresh Sugar Lip Polish every few days. Or you can use a soft tooth-brush to keep your lips looking their smoothest.
Step Two ~ Hydrate Drinking lots of water is great for your entire body, but it also helps keep the skin on our lips nice and plump. So drink up! In the winter months even if you drink your fill of water sometimes it’s just not enough to keep you lips at optimum hydration. That’s why I turn to my favorite lip moisturizer. Once I found this product I knew I never would need to look for another lip moisturizer again. Want to know what it is? Do ya? It’s Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (it’s also great on your elbows and heels).
Step Three ~ Primer I use to think this was just to get us lipstick wearing faces to buy another product. Then I tried one and I really noticed the difference. Right now my favorite is MAC Prep + Prime Lip. I have definitely seen a difference in my lipsticks lasting longer. I like that this one is a color-free base, that is also oil-free and fragrance free.
Step Four ~ Lip Liner I love Lip Liner and use it whenever I wear lipstick. I can always achieve the full looking lip when I use a lip liner in conjunction with my lipstick. Choose a lip liner that matches your lipstick. You never want the liner to look like it is there. Liner helps keep darker shades from bleeding into the tiny lines around your lips. My favorites right now are: Clinique Quickliner Lip Pencil, Bobbi Brown Lip Liner, Marc Jacobs Outliner Lip Pencil, & NARS Velvet Lip Liner.
I learned a little trick years ago and have always used it for special occasions (it tends to dry your lips) to make your lipstick last through dinner. Once you outline your lips fill in your lips with the lip liner and then apply your lipstick.
Step Five ~ Lipstick Apply a coat of lipstick and use a tissue to blot your lips. Then dab the lipstick once again over your lips. This will help the lipstick lock right on to your lips. And don’t forget the finger pull (no, not that finger pull, silly) Place your finger in your mouth, press your lips against it and pull out your finger. This helps remove the lipstick that would have ended up on your teeth! Some of my favorites right now… NYX Matte, Charoltte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick.
**Some people like to dust their lips with translucent powder to set their lipstick. I’m not a big fan of that, it tends to dull the lip color.
Until next Time…