Love lipstick but hate having to reapply it every few minutes? So do we! Which is why tapped Emily Oliver here for some tips on how to apply lipstick the right way, and have it stay in place all day.
Hack #1. Use Invisible Lip Liner
Line lips with an invisible wax lip liner before lipstick application, like Urban Decay, as it will grab onto color to help it last. Not only does it hold lipstick in place and prevent feathering, but it also keeps lipstick looking sharp and perfectly drawn!
Hack #2. Blot & Set Lipstick with Translucent Powder
This is for those who tend to “eat” their lipstick. Make sure you exfoliate and moisturize the night before (step one) and overdraw the lips with a wax lip liner (step two).
On bare lips, outline and draw inside the lips with a lip liner that mimics the color of the desired lip product. Then, apply one coat of lipstick with a brush for quicker and deeper pigmentation. Blot with a tissue. Apply another coat. Blot again. Apply a final coat with a lip brush, and gently set a tissue against the lips. With a fluffy, powder brush apply translucent powder onto the lips through the tissue. This is a foolproof way to ensure long lasting color.
Hack #3. Prime Lips with Concealer
Concealer or foundation makes a great base. One of the top requests I get is, “I want the color of the lipstick to show up the same way on my lips.” People are born with pigmentation on their lips, which can change the way a lipstick looks when blended with one’s natural color. A way to neutralize this is with foundation or concealer.
Use a wet makeup sponge to apply the concealer or foundation to the lips. Take a lip brush and apply your favorite lip product on top. Simply swiping the lipstick on top of the concealer or foundation will make the color appear dull or muted. To ensure full pigment payoff, apply with a lip brush, and make sure to apply a couple coats for longevity!
Hack #4. Exfoliate & Moisturize Lips
The worst-case scenario I come across for photoshoots is a dehydrated and “flaky” lip. To help with this I recommend my clients exfoliate their lips the night before a big event. Either use a lip scrub or a toothbrush with coconut oil and gently massage lips. Not only does this increase blood flow to the lips, causing them to look bigger, but it also gets rid of dead, rough skin.
Next step is to moisturize with vitamin E or a nourishing lip balm overnight for best results. End result: plump, moisturized lips that will hold the color longer!
Hack #5. Drink from a Straw
People always forget this one, but when drinking your morning or afternoon cup of coffee, juice or water, be sure to drink through a straw! Doing so will keep lipstick in place much longer.