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makeup monday: how to make your lipstick stay all day.

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Y’all know how much I love lipstick. I really, really do.

But what I love even more is lipstick that stays all day. I picked up the following method a few years ago after an embarrassing amount of internet research and I’ve never looked back. The Two Coat Method is simple and genius and ensures that your kisser stays quite kissable from dawn til dusk. The use of a highly pigmented lip color is key here; this won’t work for a sheer formula or a gloss. Those are not meant to stay all day, so no matter how many coats you apply, they’re going to be gone by the first sip of your morning latte. If you use a highly pigmented color (Nars, Stila and Revlon all have great options), however, this trick will work beautifully. All you’ll need is your lipstick of choice, a tissue, concealer, and some translucent powder.

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Here we go.

  1. First things first. A key step to ensuring your lipstick looks great and has staying power is to start with lips that are moisturized and smooth. You can do this several ways — if you have a lip scrub, like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, use that. If you don’t, a wet washcloth is a great substitute. Rub the washcloth vigorously across your lips to exfoliate, then moisturize with your favorite lip balm. Mine is this one.
  2. After you’ve given your lips a chance to absorb the balm (I usually do the rest of my makeup during this time), blot any excess balm with a tissue. Then grab your lipstick, smile at yourself in the mirror (hey you!), and begin to apply the lip color onto your bottom lip. You can do this either straight from the bullet if you have a steady hand, or you can use a lip brush for a bit more control.
  3. Once you have a good layer of color on your bottom lip, press your lips together a few times to coat your top lip and to get some of the color to sink into your lips, creating a stain of sorts. Fill in the rest of your top lip to your liking, make any necessary adjustments to your bottom lip, and press your lips together again. Don’t forget to get into the corners!
  4. Now, take your tissue, and with your mouth slightly open, blot your lips. Don’t be afraid to get in there; you want to really push the lipstick into your lips. When you’re done blotting, discard the tissue.
  5. Grab your lipstick again and apply a second coat of color. You can be a little less precise with this layer, the goal is just to add color where you need it, but the shape should be set at this point.
  6. The final step is the awkward but effective ‘stick a finger in your mouth and pull it out again’ trick, which will ensure that none of your lip color ends up on your teeth (oh, the horror).
  7. The final final step, if you really want staying power, is to brush your lips lightly with translucent powder. You may want to skip this step if your lips tend to dry out easily, but otherwise it really seals the deal.

If you have a shaky hand and need to do a few touch ups, concealer is your best friend. Grab a small brush (or your finger) and a bit of concealer and brush it just along the lip line. Then using your finger, lightly tap to blend. This will hide any mishaps and help to further define and highlight the lip color.

If you’re a gloss girl, now’s the time to pop some on, focusing just on the center of your lips for maximum plumpage (horrible non-word). Do one last check to ensure your lip line is smooth and your teeth are smudge-free and you’re ready to go. You may have to do slight touch ups during the day, but the Two Coat Method ensures that your perfect pout has staying power. Go forth and conquer your day!

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