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1: Try Going Matte
So let’s start off with the lipstick itself. As a general rule, matte lipsticks will stay on longer than glossy ones. If you think about it, it makes a ton of sense. They are literally less slippery, and will you know…not slip off your lips as easily! The more matte the formula, the longer it will probably last.
2: Try a lip primer
I know the makeup world seems to be on primer overdrive these days. I am the first one to admit that I am skeptical every time I see a new type of primer for another part of my face. But I have to say, I tried lip primer by accident (it came in a value set) and I was converted. I am now a believer.
I have only tried the Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion, so that is really the only one I can vouch for at the moment, but damn if it doesn’t do it’s job! Like most primers it works by creating a barrier between the makeup and your natural oils, and also gives the product something to grab on to, and like shadow primer and foundation primer, it really does help. No hocus pocus here.
3: Fill Your Entire Lip in with Lipliner
Let me start by saying that I HATE wearing layered lip products. It usually feels goopy and thick and like my lips are suffocating, if that makes ANY sense to you. I know SOMEONE out there has to know what I mean by that
That being said, filling your lips in with lip liner and then layering lipstick over it is another story. Lip liners are usually a much stiffer formula than lipstick, therefore they grab onto the skin better. So by layering it under your lipstick, you are creating a much firmer foundation.
But the fun does’t stop there! The extra layer of similar color will mean that there is a whole extra layer that has to wear off before your lips look bare (or get that god forsaken kool-aid ring around the outside, ugh!) That combined with the stiffer formula will extend the life of your lip color significantly.
And because neither of the layers is glossy and gooey, you won’t get that icky, sticky “lips smothered in goo” feeling.
4: Set Your Lipstick with Translucent Powder
You know how translucent powder can set your concealer and make it last all day, as opposed to it creasing and looking crazy in like an hour? It can do the same for your lipstick too.
Try dabbing just a tiny bit of your translucent face powder over your lipstick, making sure to brush away any excess very gently. It will set it in place, just like it does for your face makeup. So simple!
Powdering it may result in a slightly muted color, but because you are using translucent powder the effect should be minimal.
I wouldn’t recommend doing this with a non-translucent powder or a powder foundation, unless it’s halloween and you are going for “corpse chic”. The dry, paled out lip look is really hard to pull off for the living.
5: Set your lipstick with a similar colored blush or shadow.
So if you can’t stand to lose even one iota of vibrancy from your lip color, try setting it with a powder blush or eyeshadow of a similar color. It’s the same concept as the translucent powder, without losing any of the punch.
You can even use a slightly brighter shade and just dab it in the middle to create a 3-d plumper lip look!
DISCLAIMER: Make sure you use a shadow or primer which is approved for use on the mouth. Some pigments are only approved for use on eyes, or lips but not both. The manufacturer’s website usually has information about this if you are unsure.
Personally I have never had an issue with using eye and lip products interchangeably, but better to be safe than sorry, it is your face we’re talking about after all!
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