“No reapplication needed” — the only three words I need to hear. Well, when shopping for lipsticks that is. But let’s face it, that in itself, is an impossible task. Trying to eat and drink anything with lipstick on can arguably be considered a sport at this point, especially when dealing with glosses and non-matte formulas. It is incredibly frustrating especially if I have spent five minutes trying to perfect a gradient lip or using more than two products and a lip brush to blend everything out only to ingest it with my lunch. If you wish for your lip products to have longer staying power with minimal need to reapply, here are some items you can incorporate to keep that pout fresh and juicy without smudging or feathering.
If you are like my past self who considers lip primers to be superfluous amongst your cosmetics collection, wait till you discover this gem that will change your whole makeup game. The iconic Prep + Prime Lip by MAC is a holy grail for many, and with good reason. More than helping to hydrate dry, chapped lips, this lip primer creates a smooth, soft base perfect for matte finish lippies and prevents ink from sinking into the lines on lips throughout the day. However, the highlight of this unassuming balm-like twist-to-open stick lies in its ability to keep your lipstick in pristine ‘just-applied’ condition, even if it means enrolling yourself in a competitive eating match.
Thinking to jump aboard the no-smudge lipstick bandwagon? If so, you definitely have to take a stop at Glass Island, a lip gloss that locks the pigment right in place! Just like its name suggests, this clear lip gloss forms a glass-like film on top of your lip stains that is sweat and water resistant. Upon application, leave the gloss untouched for 1-2 minutes as instructed, and try not to purse your lips for it to work its magic. After which, blot the excess product away and you are left with a dried down layer of budge-proof lipstick that is still incredibly lightweight. The concave lip applicator that perfectly hugs your lips makes application a breeze too. For best result, it is recommended to layer this on with Perfect Diary’s Read Me Lip Stain Denim Collection, which comes in an array of colours ranging from cool pinks to warm browns.
Acting as an armour, the Kiss Me Lip Shield vows to make your lipstick last all day with its incredibly hydrating yet powerful formula which consists of collagen and hyaluronic acid. The spatula-like applicator makes it easy to reach all corners, even helping to preserve your lip liners at the edges throughout the day. Waterproof and smudge-proof, they stay on pretty well without the need to reapply after having a meal or a drink.
Although more commonly used on powdered or pencil products such as eyeshadows, this makeup sealant is a must-have in many MUA’s bags and also works wonders in converting a lipstick into a transfer-resistant one. There are various ways to apply this, but a little definitely goes a long way: simply glide on your desired lipstick as per usual, followed by a drop of Aqua Seal on a lip brush which gives you more control and precision when layering it on. Give it a few minutes to set and voilà! You are now all ready to seal that kiss with your special someone and still rock that bold lip after!
It is worthy noting that this dries down matte, which may alter the texture of your lipstick in the final look. If you prefer, you can also get yourself a makeup mixing palette before applying the mixture on; just keep in mind to apply it while it is still wet.
Lipstick is meant to be worn, not eaten. Notice staining on mugs, masks, and even that scone after taking a bite out of it? Fret not, this one lip fixer is about to put an end to your lipstick woes. Meant to be a top coat after applying your lip product, it helps to seal in all pigment, prevent transfer and the ever awkward lipstick stains on teeth. It dries down slightly matte but still allows the original colour of the product to come through. If you are more of a lip gloss girlie, simply allow the first layer to dry and blot the excess away before proceeding to applying a thinner second coat for that ultimate shine. With this in your stash, you can go up to four hours without the need to reapply your lipstick!
Despite its minimalistic packaging, the Aprilskin Lip Primer in 01 is a game changer. With hydrating and softening properties, this lip primer helps with prepping your lips by achieving that fuller, supple pout. It transforms dry, cracked lips into a whole new character and introduces a new persona that you will be excited to meet. If you have been avoiding matte lippies for fear of accentuating lip lines and flakiness, this is the one product you need. Not only does it make application of lipsticks so much smoother, it also increases the longevity of wear on your lips.
Similar to the MAC Prep + Prime Lip Primer, this one by Anastasia Beverly Hills also contains a good amount of Vitamin E that helps soften and hydrate your lips. Besides preventing feathering for matte and liquid lipsticks, this lip primer also boasts its ability to lengthen wear time for glosses as well which prevents them from fading so quickly. Although meant to be layered underneath, it can also be used alone for a seamless, smooth finish to condition chapped lips.
Rimmel also has its own version of extending the wear time of your lipstick, and it comes in the form of a lightweight, moisturising lacquer. All it needs is a pea-sized amount on the lips to start locking the colour in to last for the rest of the day. Although it fairs great when tested on some light snacking, it may not be able to hold up as well after an oily meal. It is after all, not meant for permanent staining of the lips.
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