A statement lip always looks great – that is until it accidentally smears on your sweater or begins to fade with a special smooch. Getting your lipstick to last through any situation has long been a mystery for many women. But we did a little research and finally found the secret to achieving the perfect, long-lasting pout. Read on to discover how to get the desired look!
Step 1: Exfoliate
Nothing detracts more from a bold lip than a flaky, dry texture. To avoid this dreaded effect, you’ll want to start by exfoliating your lips. This makes them smooth and allows them to better absorb color. For a quick concoction you can make at home, mix sugar and water. Or, you can try French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish from Anthropologie. Clean your lips with a damp washcloth once you’ve given them a thorough scrub.
Step 2: Prep
This next step is super easy, especially if you’re already in the process of doing your makeup. Apply some foundation or concealer to your lips to create a neutral base. Not only will this make your lip color more vibrant, but will prevent it from transferring on anything (or anyone) throughout the day. For the best results, opt for a waterproof foundation. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer is a great option!
Step 3: Line
Use a lip liner in the color of your choice (we recommend one that blends well with your lipstick shade) to trace the edges of your lips. This task is extremely important, as it creates a barrier so your lipstick can’t bleed outside the border of your lips. If your hand is a little shaky, try a reverse lip liner for a simple, mistake-free finish.
Step 4: Use a Lip Brush
Although this step isn’t absolutely necessary, using a lip brush makes it much easier to apply your lip hue since the tool’s angled brush allows for extra precision. As an added bonus, you can take it with you wherever you go – many feature a retractable brush so no lipstick traces will get on the inside of your bag.
Step 5: Blot
After you apply a first layer of color, blot your lips with a tissue to remove any excess oil or product.
Step 6: Powder
There’s two different ways you can apply translucent powder to your lips. One option is to use your finger to dab on the powder. Alternatively, you can divide a two-ply tissue in half and use one half to cover your lips while you brush on the powder (this option prevents the powder from getting anywhere else on your face). This step sets and seals your color so you won’t experience any slippage or fading.
Step 7: Apply Final Coat
For a bold effect, apply a second coat of lipstick over the powder. With the foundation as your base, there’s no chance of your color budging!
For even more amazing beauty tips, check out Once And For All, Here’s How To Tint Your Eyebrows At Home and How To Keep Your Lips From Getting Chapped.