A Lipstick Trick: How to Get Color to Last and Pop

3 years ago
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Over the last couple years, I traded most of my lip glosses for lipstick. Never did I think that would happen—I mean, I was a diehard gloss girl. But we grow and change, I guess. So today, I'm sharing a little trick to get your lipstick to stay longer and look a little more like the color from the tube.


Step 1: Exfoliate and moisturize.

This is super important every time you go to put lipstick on. Use a sugar scrub or exfoliator to get all the dead skin off. I like a homemade scrub, but when I'm out of sugar, Philosophy Kiss is the next best thing. Then moisturize. I usually do all this first, then do the rest of my makeup so that my lip balm has time to soak in.

Step 2: Conceal.

Wipe the excess moisturizer off your lips. Then use concealer and a sponge to completely cover your lips. This gives you a blank slate to work with. This is the key part of the trick, and it was a game changer for me, especially when it comes to nude lipstick. You want your color to really stand out, so taking the natural pigment away from your lips is essential.

Step 3: Liner.

I use a taupe eyeliner for all my liner needs. I know, it's weird, but I am telling you this is a universal color. Unless you are filling in your lips with liner, you do not need to match it to your lipstick completely; it should just be a guide. (At least, that's the way I see it.) So line your lips completely and, then use the other end of your sponge (or your finger) to buff it out. Just blend the liner into your lips so there is no harsh line.

Step 4: Pack on the lipstick.

Here, I used my favorite nude lipstick by Dolce & Gabbana. I will link to all products below.

Step 5: Go for color.

I love a bold lip for any time of day, and this NARS lipstick is such a pretty, warm color.

Simple no-brainer, right? I mean, it may not have even needed a whole post, but I didn't start doing this right away, and I feel like I wasn't getting the full effect of my lipstick. And who among us can't use more awkwardly posed photos in her day?

Products I Used

Lip scrub: Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight
Lip balm: Dior Creme de Rose
Concealer: Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer
Sponge: Beauty Blender 
Liner: CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Pencil in Mink
Nude lipstick: Dolce & Gabbana Nude 120
Dark lipstick: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv 

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