It's #NationalLipstickDay and what better way to celebrate than to show you how to make sure your lipstick lasts all day? We know it's a tough ask - your lipstick has to stand up to the trauma of your morning coffee, that dreaded working lunch and (hopefully) a smooch or two at the end of the day. However, with correct application there should be no need to re-apply, and your lipstick can become one less thing for you to worry about.
1.Prep your LipsThe first step in any lip routine is of course to ensure that your lips are moisturised and properly cared for. We'd opt for a clear lip balm base and apply it to clean lips as the last step in your skincare regime. This way it'll have time to sink in whilst you're applying your makeup and your lips will be residue free by the time you're applying your lipstick.
2.Create a BaseThis is a step which we are tempted to skip during the morning rush but it is a vital one! Lining your lips will not only make it easier to apply your lipstick, but it helps to build opaque colour by cancelling out your natural lip colour and creating a solid base for your lipstick. If you struggle with lip liner we have a tutorial on how to line your lips to make them look bigger on our YouTube channel!
3.Choose the Correct FormulaIt's important to pick the formula that is going to work best for longevity if you don't want to have to top up your lipstick during the day. Without doubt the most long wearing and durable lipstick formula is a matte one. We love a matte lip at LFHQ and think they look extremely chic, but it's important to make sure you exfoliate and moisturise your lips regularly to stop them chapping as matte formulas can be very drying!
4.Build up the ColourOnce your lips are prepped and you have a solid base of colour, you need to build this up in thin, even layers in order to lock it in for the whole day. Applying with a lip brush usually helps with this, otherwise you can apply straight from the bullet and take care to blot using a tissue between layers.
5.Neaten up the EdgesNext, neaten up your lips using a makeup corrector or concealer. This is a great way to prevent smudges and lipstick 'bleeding' which can cause you to have to re-apply your lipstick throughout the day. (This is also a fantastic way to neaten up unruly brows too!)
6.Don't forget to Set!The final step is to set everything in place! This can be done one of two ways; you can either set your lipstick using a translucent powder or you can use a setting spray. Using a powder has a dual benefit, because not only can you use it on the rest of your face (goodbye oily t-zone), but it is also a fantastic way to mattify any formula of lipstick. We have filmed a tutorial video on this here.
Why not join us over on Twitter today from 1-2pm for our #MBGetsLippie Q&A in honour of #NationalLipstickDay with Illamasqua, LuluGuinness & MyBag.Com?