The struggle of finding a kiss-proof lipstick is real, and never more pressing than when Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re anticipating some major lip-locking action (the last thing you want is for your date to be wearing more of your lipstick than you are), or even if you just need a colour that will stay put throughout dinner, there are plenty of ways you can improve your lipstick longevity.
By taking the time to do a few extra steps, you’ll save yourself the frustration of continually checking, touching up, and reapplying your lipstick. From scrubbing to prep, to setting with a translucent powder, this is the lipstick routine we swear by for keeping our lipstick kiss-proof all (V-) day long.
Dampen lips and lightly exfoliate them with Jeffree Star Cosmetics’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Velour Lip Scrub. This product buffs away dead skin cells with sugar whilst moisturising them with jojoba and grapeseed oils. Make sure to remove all excess residue with a tissue before moving on to the next step.
Apply a couple of drops of Verso’s Lip Serum 9 to the lips and use a finger to massage it in. Formulated with retinol and hyaluronic acid, this unique volume-boosting formula works by stimulating collagen production to plump and smooth lips. What’s more, the slick formula preps lips with a perfectly smooth surface for flawless lipstick application.
Line your lips with a neutral toned lip liner like Misslyn’s Smooth Lip Liner. This will prevent smudging and streaking, creating a barrier that prevents colour from getting out of the lines. To create the appearance of slightly fuller lips, sketch just outside of your natural lip line – when sharpened, this pencil gives precise definition that accentuates lip shape in the most natural way.
Next apply your lip colour. For longer-lasting colour, use a lip brush to press pigment onto your lips, rather than wiping it across. Build colour using multiple thin layers rather than one thick one, and blot between each application with a thin piece of tissue. Opt for creamy satin formulas like Kevyn Aucoin’s The Expert Lip Colour, which is super pigmented, and perfect for building an opaque lipstick look.
Once your colour has set, place a piece of tissue over your lips, then take an invisible setting powder like Milani’s Prep & Set & Go Transparent Face Powder, and use a large fluffy brush to lightly pat the powder onto the tissue. The powder will absorb any excess moisture, helping to keep the colour locked in place.
Finally, take a concealer pencil like Cover FX’s Perfect Pencil and trace around the outside of your lips, getting as close to your lip line as possible. The concealer will sharpen and define the shape of your lips and also serve as a final line of defence, preventing your lipstick from filling any fine lines or smudging across your face.