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Tricks for lasting lip colour
December 30, 2014, 5:08 pm

You want to look fabulous for the New Year party, but the difficulty is finding the means to look your best while sipping soda, and sitting down for a delicious meal. Long-lasting lip color is your answer. Here are some expert tips on how to keep your lipstick intact through dinner and even dessert.

Choose your colour wisely: Keep it simple and keep it classy—avoid using intense lip colours that may move around while you are conversing or eating during the New Year party. Instead, opt for a neutral pout that flatters your skin tone, pretty eye makeup and thin black liner to make your eyes twinkle.

Colour outside the lines: To get your lipstick or lip gloss to stay within bounds, prep your lips with a clear brow wax. To execute this non-traditional beauty tip, line the perimeter of your lips, slightly outside your natural lip line. Not only will it fill fine lines, but it makes a smooth, ‘grippy’ surface for colour to adhere to.

Layering is the key: Always apply a lip stain in a coordinating colour underneath your colour of the evening. As you feast on your meal, your lipstick or gloss color fades, but you will still have your lips stained with the similar hue you started with.

Prep with balm: The best way to keep colour on the lip is to moisturize with a heavy lip balm and let it sit for 10 minutes. When you are done with the rest of the face, take a tissue and swipe the lip, removing the lip balm and any dead skin along with it. Now the lip is prepped and ready to be painted.

Sip with sophistication: The last thing you want is a glossy red lip imprint on your glass after you take the first sip of your drink. Always have a straw handy when you have to drink at a party.  

Even the score:  Lip color won’t crease or look uneven if your lips are in tip top shape. Exfoliating your lips and keeping them hydrated allows for a smooth, even canvas for lip color to lock onto.

Find the right formula: When in doubt, go for matte pencils and lipsticks which are less creamy and stay put longer. Cream lipsticks come in handy when lips are dry, but remember to fill in the mouth with a complimentary lip liner first to keep it stable. Also, don’t forget to embrace products consisting of vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and avocado seed oil to keep your pout luscious for longer.

Powder lightly: Translucent powder is a double edge sword.  On one hand, they absorb the oil out of lip products, leaving just the colour—but they can make the colour feel and look chalky. As an alternative, use a little foundation to act as a ‘middle man’ between your lips and lip colour.

Don’t discount gloss:  For the perfect lipstick application, apply a layer of gloss, wait a few minutes until it ‘sets’ on my lips, and then re-apply. Try applying right inside the lip line instead—if the gloss moves or bleeds, it will be less obvious.




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