Lipstick. It has the power to make or break your outfit. On one hand, it can transform your whole look with just one swipe of color. On the other hand, if you don't wear it properly, it can be gone by your first sip or bite. Let's face it, nobody wants to show up to *insert night out here* only to have your bold, gorgeous lipstick be gone in 60 seconds or start bleeding and feathering. The struggle is real.
Here's a DIY solution to actually make your mouth makeup long-lasting and smudge-proof using products you probably already own: toothbrush, chapstick or lip balm, lipstick, lip liner, loose powder and a tissue.
Exfoliate: Nobody likes a flaky lip and with all of these beautiful matte formulas flying off the shelves, dry cracked lips have got to go. Use a baby or soft toothbrush (preferably one with straight bristles) to exfoliate your lips. You can always opt for a sugar lip scrub like; Fresh Sugar Lip Polish or Clinique 'Sweet Pots' Sugar Lip Scrub & Balm.
Moisturize: Baby it's cold outside. You probably see this in every beauty routine, so there must be something to it. Moisturize EVERYTHING including your lips is key. Apply a hydrating lip balm (preferably something waxy and non-oily). You can use the other side of your Clinique 'Sweet Pots' Sugar Lip Scrub & Balm or opt for Fresh, Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy.
Prime & Line: Like everything else, primer is always a must; it keeps your lipstick tight and together. The liner will also guide your lipstick and dictate the borders so your lipstick stays in tact and doesn't bleed or feather. When priming, I like to use a little foundation or concealer on my lips but make sure that my natural lip line peeks through. For lip liner, you can either opt for a natural, neutral color that matches your lips or one that matches the lipstick. When applying lip liner, start by lining the lip and then make sure to fill in the rest of your lip -- we definitely want to leave that dark lip liner outline in 80's.
Powder: Like everything else, you want to set your lip liner before applying lipstick. Grab a tissue and your loose powder. Tuck the tissue between your lips and apply the loose powder over it. You want a very light dusting, just so that it sets the lip liner. Nars Soft Velvet Loose Powder is a great choice for this or Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder.
Lipstick: Use a lip brush to help create the flawless texture you're looking for when applying your lip color. We love this retractable lip brush because it stores in a makeup bag without an exposed brush, so your lipstick doesn't get everywhere. When applying your lipstick, start with your Cupid's bow and work your way to the outer corners of your lips.
Powder AGAIN: Set that lipstick! Repeat the above powder step to seal in your lipstick.
If you have time and you're feeling a little extra, repeat everything again: liner, powder, lipstick so you complete the entire sequence twice. This will reinforce and set it for long-lasting, smudge-proof lips.