Lipstick and I have a complicated relationship. Some ladies can rock it so hard, but about half the time I put on a bright red lip, I end up feeling a bit like a clown. We’re still working out our differences, and I’m learning what shades work well with my already red complexion and strawberry blonde hair. That being said, last month Jaye from Bed in the Kitchen did a “31 Days of Lipstick” challenge, which has really inspired me to make a point to doll up my own lips. I only have a handful of colors I wear regularly, so I’m completely incapable of wearing a new one every day like Jaye, but it’s still be fun to put in the extra effort to look a little more glamorous.
One of the big reasons I avoid wearing lipstick is that it’s always coming off. Unlike foundation or mascara where I can go most of the day without a touchup, I feel like I need to check my lips every hour to make sure they’re not smudging. (Also, you can’t eat noodles with lipstick – there goes about 50% of my diet.) Usually by the 5th hour I just wipe it off so I don’t need to worry about it any more.
I do know of a couple of fantastic ways to get your lipstick to stay through a meal or a few hours longer. Here’s my favorite tips:
1. Exfoliate with a lip scrub
This is a new one me, but holy cow it works well. Occasionally shluffing all the dead skin off your lips gives your lipstick a fresh palette to adhere to. You can make one yourself using basic household ingredients, but I really like LUSH Cosmetic’s Popcorn Lip Scrub – delicious AND effective.
2. Prep with a primer or liner
Liner definitely does not mean to mean 1980s two-toned lips. It is really effective at keeping your lipstick from bleeding around the edges and is particularly important with bold colors. My favorite is Bite Beauty’s Line and Definer Lip Primer, a clear pencil that I spread all over my lips and even around them to hold my lipstick in place.
3. Utilize the “blot and twist” method
Try this one out: apply your lipstick as you normally would, then blot the excess off with a tissue. Then reapply a final layer to darken the shade again, but instead of smearing the lipstick across your lips, place the lipstick on your lips and twist it in. Apply these “stamps” all over until your lips are evenly colored. Twisting the lipstick in works better than smearing, since it pushes the color into the cracks rather than just placing product on top.
4. Finish with powder
Just like liquid foundation needs to be set with a powder, a bit of powder on top of your lipstick keeps it from moving out of place. I dapple a little bit on my index finger, blot on to my lips, and smack them together to rub it in. You barely need to use any – I got a sample of LUSH’s Emotional Brilliance Translucent powder and I’ve been very slowly working my way just through that, but I think most translucent powders will work fine.
What are your favorite tricks for getting lipstick to stay in place?