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It seems like lipstick is a never-ending battle. You’ve got to constantly check to make sure you’ve haven’t got any on your teeth or smudged across your face, and it seems you have to reapply every time you turn around.
The war is over! We’ve got 7 steps to help you apply lipstick that will stay put for the duration:
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Step #1: Exfoliate Your Lips
If your lips are flaky and chapped, there’s just no way lipstick will look good or last.
Use a soft child’s toothbrush or soft cloth to lightly scrub the surface of your lips. Your lips will be softer and more supple, as well as ready for makeup.
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Step #2: Apply A Moisturizer
Hydrating lips is important because it keeps lips from drying out and cracking. Cracked lips don’t hold make up as well, and on top of that, you’re more likely to lick your lips when they’re dry. Your lipstick won’t last five minutes!
A simple tube of lip balm is all you need, which ever brand is your favorite. You should apply balm several times a day, every day, and always apply a generous coat at night at bedtime.
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Step #3: Use Lipstick Formulated For Extended Wear
Most of the lipsticks that are marketed as extended wear contain extra coloring pigment and less moisturizing ingredients. Because they aren’t as creamy, they do actually live up to their promises of long lasting color. Many of them also contain silicone, which doesn’t wear off as easily as oil- or cream-based lipsticks.
Lipstick contains more pigment than lip gloss, so you’ll get longer wear if you choose a lipstick. Matte and creamy lipsticks have more staying power than shimmery or frosty colors.
Step #4: Use A Lip Liner
Lip liner works to keep lipstick from bleeding or smudging, and its especially helpful if you have fine lines around your lips. Use a liner that is the same shade or slightly darker than your lipstick. Trace around your lips, sticking to the natural line or just slightly outside it if you want your lips to appear fuller.
For super long lasting color, fill in your lips with liner after you outline them, before you apply your lipstick. Liner tends to last much longer than lipstick, so even if your lipstick comes off a little, you’ll still have color.
Step #5: Applying Your Lipstick
The first trick for applying lipstick that lasts is to use a lip brush rather than applying the tube directly to your lips.
Lipstick from the tube has a flat surface, and as it is applied, it only glides over the fine lines in your lips. By using a brush, you’re able to get the color into the lines and crevices, ensuring that you have full coverage that lasts.
Using a brush also gives you better control of your lipstick application, so you don’t get any “outside the lines” and color is evenly applied.
Step #6: Set The Color
Remember seeing your mom blot her lipstick on a piece of tissue? You don’t need to do that if you’ve chosen the right makeup. But to ensure long lasting wear, what we want to do is take a piece of tissue and press it up to the lips then apply powder through the tissue. You can use either pressed or loose powder, but a sheer shade is best.
By doing this, you’ll get a fine dusting of powder on your lips. Applying powder directly to the lips can be too overpowering. You won’t be removing color from your lips, but the tissue and powder will help to set it in place.
Step #7: Add A Final Coat Of Lipstick
All that’s left to do is apply a second coat of your lipstick. You should be ready now to face your day with beautiful lip color that will last and last.
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