Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tips Tuesday! How to Make Lipstick Last

I am not a huge makeup person, but I do enjoy a good nude color accenting my lips on a special occasion. How do you make it last though? I found this article in Allure magazine, June 2010 telling you just how :)

Go For Sheen: Many "long-wearing" lipsticks are matte and can dry out your lips. I prefer to use a satin-finish, pearlescent lipstick such as Chanel's new Rouge Coco Lip Colours. Because the shine is created by pearl pigments and not by the texture, it's not as moist as a creamy lipstick and will therefore stay on longer.

Be Strong: Go for a bright or dark shade; they tend to last longer than soft ones because they have more pigment.

Prep Your Lips: Lipsticks holds up best on a smooth surface, so gently buff your lips with a damp washcloth. Pat on a clear lip balm and give it a few minutes to sink in, then blot with a tissue.

Pencil It In: Lip pencil adds a layer of pigment and helps your color last. Choose one that matches your lipstick--unless it's very dark, in which case go one shade lighter. Lightly trace the pencil along the inside edge of your lips, then fill in your mouth and blot.

Swipe It On: Don't use a brush--you'll get richer color if you apply your lipstick straight from the tube. Blot the first coat with a tissue, then add another layer.

Finish With Powder: Women think powdering their lips will dry them out, but you don't need much. Close you moth, smile, and then dust a little face powder on your lips with a fluffy brush. don't reapply lipstick, or it could get cakey.

*Extra Tip: Lipstick lasts longer on an even surface, so gently exfoliate lips first.

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