Tips from beauty experts to ensure your lipstick’s longevity and gloss

Lipstick is the ultimate mood enhancer in makeup; it may radiate sensuality, represent power, and communicate energy, agency, and brightness.

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Lipstick is the ultimate mood enhancer in makeup; it may radiate sensuality, represent power, and communicate energy, agency, and brightness. “Lipstick is happiness in a tube,” make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury mentioned in conversation with Harper’s Bazaar. “Your everyday nude, your prettiest pink, your iconic red—they can all make your skin brighter, teeth whiter, eyes sparkle, and confidence grow.”

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“Throughout my 30-year career, working with supermodels and stars on runways and red carpets around the world, I have always applied the same magic lip routine as I do on the face—‘prep, perfect and then beautify’,” she mentioned.

“As I always say, you can’t have a beautiful painting without a beautiful canvas,” Tilbury adds. Hence, her best advice is to use a deeply moisturizing lip conditioner with the moisture-retaining component hyaluronic acid before applying any makeup, “creating a smooth canvas for velvet soft lip liner and lipstick application that lasts.”

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“Lip liner is the secret to defining your lip architecture and cheating lip symmetry—everyone always has one side slightly bigger than the other. “I like to use my lip liner as a stencil, then go in with one of my lipstick. It makes your lipstick last longer.”

Tilbury further suggests to “always draw just outside of the natural lip line for fuller, wider-looking lips”.

To upkeep the durability of the product, “lightly feather the lip liner over the lips before applying lipstick—rich in waxes and oils, my waterproof formula prevents smudging, feathering and transfer for a kiss of colour that lasts for hours”.

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“The lipstick tip is angled to mimic the precision of a lip brush, so you can apply it straight from the bullet,” she added.

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However, famous makeup artist and Dior Makeup creative and image director Peter Philips also has some advice for us: “start with a less visible shade” if you’re new to bold colors or lipstick in general. “I always say it’s like wearing heels: don’t go straight to a stiletto. Start with a medium heel, something more comfortable to get used to the walk, to the sensation, to the whole thing.”

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Tilbury suggested, “A great trick, especially after applying red lipstick, is to take a tissue, place it over the lips, and lightly dust with a finishing powder to lock the colour in. Finish with a second coat of lipstick.”

Alternatively, she advises spritzing setting spray “over the entire face” if you’re going for a full makeup look. It will ensure that your lipstick stays in its proper spot and doesn’t dissolve, fade, or crease.

Regarding the most common lipstick error, which is lipstick transfer onto teeth, Philips explains that this is related to the placement of the lipstick. He clarifies: “The best way to avoid this is, after application, to suck your finger and pull it out of your mouth—because what goes onto your teeth is actually from what’s on the inside of your lip.” If you do this, everything that is on the inside of your lip will be on your finger and you can just wash it off your hands. “That’s a classic trick that’s as old as lipstick!”

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