May 312012
 

I use 2 methods to achieve long lasting lip colour on my lips. Before using either of these methods, I make sure that I’ve buffed my lips and moisturised them using either Nivea cream or balm. If I use balm, I use just enough to coat the lips with a thin layer as too much can make the lipstick slide off.

Using a tissue and lip brush

This is me without lipstick. I’ve applied a lip balm.

No colour

  1. Apply the lipstick all over your lips using a lip brush. The idea is that the less product you use, the less likely it is that it will slide off the minute you eat or drink. A lip brush helps you to apply just enough colour to cover your lips. This kind of thin layer is more likely to give you long lasting lip colour for a few hours.

    One coat of lipstick

  2. Hold a tissue folded in half between your lips and press lips together against the tissue. This will blot off any excess colour.

    After blotting the first coat

  3. Repeat step 1 and 2.
  4. Steps 1, 2 and 3 will give you a matte finish.

    2 coats of lipstick after blotting: matte, subtle finish

  5. For a more intense finish, lightly dab the lipstick directly from the tube onto your lips after steps 1, 2 and3.

    After applying 3 coats of lipstick: full-bodied finish

  6. For a glossy effect, apply a bit of gloss or balm after step 3. (See note below.)

    With gloss after the first 2 coats

Using your finger

  1. Apply a little lipstick to the centre of your lips directly from the tube.
  2. Spread all over your lips with the tip of your finger.
  3. Repeat step 1 and 2.
  4. Steps 1, 2 and 3 will give you a matte finish.
  5. For a more intense finish, lightly dab the lipstick directly from the tube onto your lips.
  6. For a glossy effect, apply a bit of gloss or balm after step 3. (See note below.)

Remember that the trick to achieving long lasting lip colour is to use as little of the lipstick to get a stain on your lips and then to build up the colour by layering the stain. This also helps you to apply as light or dark a colour as you want. Simply stop layering the colour when you achieve the concentration of colour that you desire.

Between the 2 methods described above, the tissue one is more effective. I use the finger method when I’m out or when I don’t have tissue and a lip brush at hand.

Note: Applying lip balm or gloss reduces the colour’s staying power.

Products used in this post:
Lipstick: Streetwear Moisture Rich Lipcolor 04, Wild Berry
Lip balm: Nivea Essential Care

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