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The How-To Lounge: Make Your Lipstick Last

According to a recent study, 79% of women wear lipstick, but at any given time, at least half of them are re-touching their color so here are some tips to help make your lipstick last as long as possible.

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  • Lipstick will adhere to your lips if they are smooth and not chapped so be sure to exfoliate your lips (gently) with a soft toothbrush or washcloth
  • Just like you put on moisturizer after you wash your face, put on a moisturizing lip balm so your lips don't get dry or chapped
  • When you put your foundation and powder on your face, add a layer over your lips to even out the color followed by a coat of waxy lip balm (like Chap-Stick)
  • Lining your lip with a pencil in the same color as your lips will help seal in your color, but your lip liner should never be visible. To ensure a smooth application, hold the end of your liner between your fingers to warm the tip
  • Although many brands promote long lasting color, if you're going to wear dark lipstick, unfortunately you're going to have to be prepared to re-apply throughout the day or evening
  • If you're not one to primp in public, opt for a lighter lip color that you don't need a mirror to touch up
  • If you're more of a lip gloss girl, stick to "lip lacquers," "glazes" and "glosses" which tend to be more opaque and longer lasting

I hope these tips are helpful and as a rule of thumb, if you want to make a statement with bold lips, remember to go easy on the eyes. Less is more when it comes to make up!


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yoan190 yoan190 9 years
I always have problems with lipstick. But will give the tips a try. Thanks!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
One thing I was taught was to not just line the lips, but fill them in with the liner - and be sure to match the liner EXACTLY to your lipstick. Then apply lipstick and pat with powder to set.
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