In this fast-paced world, every minute of the day counts as we try to fit all our tasks into our short window of time, all while looking presentable and kept together doing it. Adding a little lipstick to your daily look may make you feel like your life is more put together than it is, but touching up every few hours while you may be late (or always late) to summer classes or work can be a hassle.
Choosing the Right Type of Lipsticks and How to Maintain
How long your color lasts really boils down to the type of lipstick you’re wearing. You have an array of choices when it comes to types of lipstick that stay on for long periods of time.
Matte is a known long lasting lipstick, as it goes on creamy and dries matte. It is perfect for a professional look as it does not pop with a distracting shine but still keeps a deep, rich color. It is notorious for drying out lips, so make sure your lips are properly moisturized and exfoliated before applying. Matte takes a little more maintenance throughout the day than others so keep a compact mirror and your lipstick on hand for touchups.
Liquid lipsticks are a recent phenomenon that has many benefits. As long as you have a steady hand, you can get the precise shape you want due to the way they are applied, so you may not need a lip liner. Liquid lipstick might be your best option if you just want to get up and start your day with some color and little touch-up. As they settle into place, they can be drying, so be diligent to keep those lips moisturized.
Your longest lasting option would be lip stain. Lip stains are packaged in a few different ways: roll-on, gel tube with an applicator, a tube with marker-like tip. most are made with alcohol so they set very quickly and can stay on all day with little to no touch-ups. The only downsides are the lack of color options for most brands of lip stains compared to other types of lip color, and due to the ingredients, they have a high possibility of drying out lips.
If your lips tend to dry out easily, it is best to opt for more traditional cream lipsticks. Making these last requires a bit of work. As always, make sure your lips are moisturized and exfoliated. Before you apply, always put on lip primer to give the color something to adhere to, and lip liner to keep the color from spreading onto the skin outside of your lips. Finally, to keep everything in place, set with a translucent powder.
When eating, avoid greasy and saucy foods or foods buns that can wipe off the lipstick you worked so hard on applying and protecting. Try to use straws instead of drinking from cups or bottles as the liquid and friction from your drink’s container can rub off your lipstick as well.