Lipstick is one of my favourite make up items, but it isn’t half a pain! It wears off easily, smudges and can sometimes make your lips look 10x drier than they actually are. Over the years of lipstick wearing I think I have finally come up with the solution to get lipstick lasting all day (or night), so I thought I would share my ‘lipstick routine’ in case it may be useful to anyone!
Warning: Gratuitous and posy photos of my face coming up.
Step 1: get everything together
You will need your lipstick of choice (I’m using Viva Glam Rihanna), a similar coloured lipliner (I’m using Essence’s red blush*), Lipcote, a lip scrub (I highly recommend Lush’s), lip balm or moisturiser (I’m using this petroleum jelly lipcare from Derma V10*) and some tissue.
Step Two: put other make up on first
Lipstick is always the last part of my make up that I do. It makes sense as otherwise I would probably end up with cakey lips covered in foundation and setting powder!
Step Three: get rid of flakey skin
I have constantly dry lips, particularly at this time of year, which is always a lipsticks worst enemy when it comes to longevity. If I’m wearing lipstick then I always use a lip scrub first and my favourites are the ones from Lush, they’re so bloomin’ tasty and do a great job of getting rid of dryness without being too abrasive.
Step Four: slather on some lip balm
‘Slather’ is probably the wrong word to use here, I actually only use a very small amount, just to re-moisturise my lips from being scrubbed and to almost prime my lips ready for colour!
Step Five: line those lips
This is something I usually only do when I’m heading out for the evening or going somewhere that I feel I need to put a bit more effort in, but it really does make a difference to how neat my lipstick looks. As I have very thin lips, I often will line just slightly around my natural lip line to make them look a little fuller!
Step Six: apply lipstick – silly face absolutely essential
The best bit! I usually do the bulk of my lipstick application straight from the bullet and then neaten it up with a lip brush.
Step seven: blot
To get rid of any excess lipstick I blot my lips on a piece of tissue paper. I know that a lot of people would suggest putting on another layer of lipstick after this, but I personally find that just one coat of most lipsticks gives the desired result.
Step eight: seal your lipstick
Finally, I use Lipcote to seal my lipstick to keep it in place all day! I just use the little brush that comes with it to lightly brush it over my lips and don’t allow my lips to each other for about a minute whilst it dries.
Step nine: be a touch narcissistic and do some posing
Do you have any hints or tips on keeping lipstick in place all day? I’d love to hear them!