Long-Lasting Lip Color & Shine
You shouldn't have to apply your lipstick over and over again throughout the day. By selecting the right formula and following these simple application tips, you can get beautiful lip color that lasts. Also check out these great lipstick colors that are perfect for fall.
Preparing your lips
The key to great looking lipstick that lasts is preparation. For perfect application, you lips need to be soft and smooth. Drink plenty of water and keep your lips hydrated with lip balm, particularly if you live in a dry or windy climate. Exfoliate flaky lips with a gentle washcloth every day in the shower to remove dead skin cells and help create a silky surface. If your lipstick fades easily, add a thin coat of lip primer to your lips before applying lipstick or gloss.
Choose the right formula
Lip color is generally categorized as matte, creme or frost (shimmer). Matte lipstick offers true color but not much shine. It typically contains less moisture than other formulas and can leave your lips dry. If you like the look of matte lipstick, try to find one that is labeled as moisturizing.
Creme formula lipstick features dewy shades that will stay in place better if you apply powder or primer to you lips before adding lipstick. This formula is perfect for the more mature woman, or those who tend to get dry lips. Frost or shimmers contain flecks of color that reflect light. These lipsticks are great for evening because they add a little glitz. For those with dry lips, be wary of lipsticks that boast "all day" formulas. These tend to become very waxy and drying.
Line your lips
After prepping your lips with powder, primer or even a coat of foundation, line them with a neutral lip pencil in a shade near to your natural lip color. Avoid lip liners that are too dark. Take your time when applying lip liner and stick close to your natural lip line. To help your color last longer, fill in your entire lips with the lip liner to create a strong foundation.
Use a lip brush
Though it will definitely take longer, it's best to apply lipstick with a lip brush for more precision. Take your time and be sure to take the color all the way to the corner of your lips.
Add a dab of gloss on top of your lipstick for some extra shine. Apply it to just the center of your bottom lip. Smack your lips together to spread the gloss. If you aren't a fan of lipstick, you can forego the lipstick altogether and just use gloss.
Lip gloss comes in many forms, the most popular being wands, tubes and pots. Gloss provides shine along with a bit of color. Many glosses also come flavored. Avoid using too much gloss because it tends to get sticky and messy.
Hot lip colors
When choosing lipstick or gloss this season, shades of berry and plum are top choices. True reds are also very popular. Avoid brick reds and oranges, which tend to make teeth look yellow.
Clinique High Impact Lip Color SPF 15
One of my favorite new lipsticks, Clinique High Impact Lip Color offers long-wearing, feather resistant shades. It also hydrates your lips and contains SPF 15. You can choose from 20 moisturizing colors. My favorites are the berry beautiful "After Party" and "Very Currant." At $14, you can't beat it.
Stila Limited Edition "Rock the Vote" Red
Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick
This award-winning Chanel lipstick gets some great new shades for fall. My favorite is "Fantastic Plum." This moisturizing formula contains Vitamin E and chamomile to keep your lips soft and smooth.