The holiday season is often the best time to experiment with intense lip colors and daring makeup but lipstick is considerably more high maintenance that say, a smoky eye. No matter how many hours are promised on the packaging, the truth is that lipstick has a tendency to fade and need a retouch. Drinking and eating just make the problem worse, even for long lasting lipstick formulations. However, there are a few tricks that can help your lipstick last longer (though you may need to switch to a stain if you really hate reapplying after a few hours).
Prepare Your Lips: Exfoliate
It is worth exfoliating your lips at least once a week to remove all that dead skin and cells that make your lips look dry. This will give you a smoother canvas for your lipstick, which will look much better and stick to your lips for longer. This is a must if you use high impact lipsticks in brights, reds or dark shades.
You can use an old toothbrush to exfoliate your lips (use circular motions and don’t be too harsh) or make a mixture of olive oil and sugar and rub it carefully on your lips. The sugar will exfoliate and the olive oil will keep your lips moisturized.
Keep Your Lips Moisturized
In order to keep your lips in top shape, remember to keep them moisturized. You can get a commercial product, or use honey. The important thing is to protect your lips from the cold and the dry air that will make them look dry and rough. Apply a lip moisturizer before you start with your makeup, and wipe it out right before doing your lips so they are perfectly moisturized and the lipstick adheres properly.
Use a Lip Primer
Lip primers work in two ways: they make lip makeup products adhere to the lip better, and they also mute the natural color of your lips so the lipstick looks true to the color in the bullet. Another trick is to use a liquid foundation on your lips, then apply transparent fixing powder.
Follow With a Lip Liner
Lip liners allow you to draw the shape of your lips (though make sure you don’t deviate too much from your natural shape, or the effect will be very obvious) and help keep color from leaking away from the lips. This is particularly important if you have a lot of tiny wrinkles around your lips or if you smoke, as makeup can slide quite badly. Using a lip liner the same shade as your chosen lipstick or a transparent one, line the lips and paint inside the lines for extra lipstick hold. The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer is awesome for this.
Choose the Right Formula
If you are after durability, ditch glosses and stick to long-lasting formulas. Matte lipsticks generally have the best durability, and stains can last all night or at least fade gracefully. Generally speaking, the more intense a lipstick color is the longer it will last, but each skin is unique so you should try your chosen makeup before the big night just in case it doesn’t agree with your body chemistry.
Apply Lipstick To Last Longer
The right technique can make lipstick last for considerably longer. Instead of just pressing the bullet against your lips, use a lip brush to gently push pigment against your lips, so even the smallest lines are filled in and the lipstick holds better. Place a soft tissue between your lips and press to remove excess makeup, and apply a second layer of lipstick to ensure the best coverage. Some people also like to use a lipstick sealer such as Lipcote, but this can dry your lips.
Gloss Is Not Helping
Gloss is remarkably fiddly and it will help your lipstick fade much quicker. If you want your lipstick to last, stick to mate formulas or add just a touch of gloss to the center of the lips instead of all over. Otherwise you will see your lipstick on the first glass or cheek your lips touch. You can also choose a silicon based gloss, but they can be drying and uncomfortable so try it ahead of time just in case.