Love wearing lipstick? Then commit these tips to memory if you want lipstick that’s totally budge-proof and long-lasting.
Let’s be honest here. You’re skipping lipstick because you’re scared of leaving behind a telltale trail of sticky smears on the rim of your glass, right? Or do you fear the feathering effect, or the “bleeding” of colour into your mouth creases?
These are all legit concerns, but if too-frequent application of lipstick’s left a bad taste in your mouth, it’s time to sink your teeth into this top tip – guaranteed to make your lacquer last through dinner and beyond, promise.
Okay, so we’re all familiar with the old chestnut about blotting for budge-proof lipstick. That’s a basic beginner’s trick in any beauty book, but mine is a next-gen, amped-up tweak that’s so ridiculously easy, you’ll probably purse your lips in annoyance at not having thought of it first.
Ready? Now, the real reason why your rouge wears off is because the dye disappears in the process of y’know, living life: Laughing, sipping from a straw, smooching; moving your mouth, basically.
The secret to beating life at its game is to think of your smackers as if they were the rings of an onion (or the petals of the plumpest rose, if you’re princessy that way.)
And when the act of eating et cetera has “peeled” off the first layer of pigment, you need to make sure you have another layer underneath. Call this base layer your Plan B; it’s like a “back-up” pair of double-layered lips. Genius, right? Let’s go!
STEP 1. The first order of business is to literally steep your smackers in your shade of choice. Use an oil-based product that can double up as chapstick if you’re pressed for time. And really be fearless in piling it on – don’t be afraid of blobs and globs at this point.
STEP 2. Let it sit for a minute or so – feel free to fix the rest of your face while the lippie does its magic – then blot swiftly.
What you do is to fold a soft two-ply facial tissue in half, part your mouth, place it between your upper and lower lips, then press down gently. This blotting action wicks away oils, leaving a concentrated stain of sorts.
STEP 3. After you’re done with blotting, the rest is standard procedure. Apply a second layer of lippie, only taking more care in perfecting the contours this time round. Using a paddle-shaped brush for precise application, start from the middle of your lips and follow the curve down to the corners of your mouth.
STEP 4. Fill it in, then dust your lower and upper lips with translucent face powder; the talcum helps in “grabbing” onto the tint. Now go over your powdered puckers with a third layer of lippie, then finish with a final pat of tissue paper.
And you’re done! Ta-dah, lips that will last till the end of time. Or at least till you’re done with socialising, mingling, and maybe drinking.
So, to recap: Stain lips, blot, re-apply, powder, re-apply, done. Your very own pair of double-layered lips. Bookmark this page, follow these four fool-proof tips, and you’ll be in for lipstick success.
A version of this article first appeared on www.herworld.com.