[dropcap type=”3″]A[/dropcap] successful fashionista knows what “season change” translates to in the make-up world; new color lipstick! All major make-up houses, from Dior to Chanel to MAC, have launched a number of new lipstick shades for Fall-Winter 2013. From wine and cherry red to nude and bubblegum pink, colors are here to make dull, cold winter days and night as lively and seductive as possible.


Still, as new trends come and go something always remains a struggle. How do you make your lipstick last till the end of your important meeting from work or even more challenging, your night- out? How many of us have come face-to-face, after a visit to the ladies room, with the embarrassing discovery of the “lip line only” lipstick effect? Believe me, plenty.

But, ladies, fear no more. Seven (7) rules that you can easily follow, without having to be a professional make-up artist, will ensure your favorite lipstick color lasts till you decide it is time to come off. Take a deep breath and go…

  1. Soft lips. The basic starting requirement for lasting color is smooth, clean lips. So before anything else you need to exfoliate your lips. Don’t frown, ladies because exfoliating your lips is very easy and requires minimum of time. Dampen your lips and rub them gently with a soft toothbrush. All dry cells will come off and new will start growing. However, because usually we are in a hurry, what I do is I gently exfoliate my lips by rubbing them gently with my fingertips while I wash and exfoliate my face. Do this once a week (or even twice, if you have the time) and your lips will be softer than cotton.
  2. Moisture. After exfoliating your lips, apply a thick layer of lip moisturizer and leave on for a few minutes. Then, blot away any excess moisturizer using a tissue.
  3. Creating a canvas. With a small brush carefully apply concealer over your lips to create a smooth base for your lipstick. To save time and create an even effect, apply your face foundation to your lips also.
  4. Lines, lines and more lines. Choose a lip liner that matches your lip color and carefully outline your lips to prevent the lipstick from smudging over their edges.
  5. Color. At last, time to put your lipstick on. If you want more control and precision use a lip brush to apply your lipstick or, for more intense color, use it straight from the tube. Blot any excess with a tissue and your first layer of lipstick is ready. Even if your final layer comes off, you will have this first coat underneath.
  6. Seal of treasure. Using a brush or your finger, apply a translucent powder over your lips to seal the color.
  7. Finish touch. Apply the final layer of your lipstick and off you go! The burden of having to constantly re-apply your lipstick is history.

Still, because a little extra help always comes in handy:


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  • Always try to use lipsticks with long-lasting formulas.
  • Before you have something to drink try to put some moisture on the part of the glass your lips are going to touch. You can do that by either touching the glass discreetly with your tongue or with a dampen tissue you can wipe that side of the glass. This will ensure that moisture from your lips, hence the color, will not move to the glass.
  • To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth, you can either put Vaseline on your teeth (that is what most celebrities do!), or you can suck on your finger. Yes, you read correctly. Simply put your finger in your mouth and pull through. This way any excess color that may be on your inner lip will get on your finger and not your teeth.
  • For that extra touch of gloss, apply a small amount of lip-gloss in the centre of your lips.

Enjoy your kisses… xxx

Lab scientist, sharp dresser and cooking guru Maria is one half of the original alwaysladies.com founding team. She brings her opinions with earnestness and a smile, even when there are razor blades inside.


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