I love wearing vibrant, bright lipstick colours. When I apply my lipstick in the morning, I use a few simple tips to keep it in place all day long. (Just a note about these tips: Despite how many I’ve tried, I have discovered that even my longest-wearing lipstick is not kiss-proof.)
1. Exfoliate your lips
Applying a lip scrub to your pout before lipstick prevents your lips from becoming dry. Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate the lips and create a smooth canvas for lip colour.
2. Prime your lips with foundation
If you do not have a lip liner, your favourite foundation is a great substitute for a lipstick base! Apply your foundation to the lips and let dry. The colour will diminish the natural pigment of your lips to create a neutral base for lipstick. Lipstick also tends to adhere to the lips better if it is swiped over a base product.
3. Set your lip colour with powder
Apply a translucent/pressed powder to your lips between lipstick coats to strengthen the base for your colour. A translucent/pressed powder will also help set any liner that you applied to the lips.
What are you best tips for long-lasting lipstick?
I love testing new, bright lipstick shades in the summertime. The bright hues are fun, festive and add radiance to my complexion. I often gravitate toward red, pink, and orange shades during this time of the year, and can’t wait to share three shades that I love right now with you!
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink – “Romantic”
This matte liquid lipstick dries down to a slightly tacky finish, but when I mean that it lasts for 12 hours it truly lasts through eating, drinking, and even sleeping. My favourite shade from the line to wear is Romantic – a bright pink that is vibrant and pigmented.
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick – “Obsessed”
I bought a mini set of Pat McGrath Lipsticks and this shade was included. It is one of the most unique lipstick colours that I’ve ever worn. It is described as a bright orange red, but when applied to the lips the gorgeous hue pulls slightly warm as a bright red.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – “Gazpacho”
I will forever adore red lipstick, especially those that are true red shades. The shade Gazpacho from Bite Beauty is a true blue-red. I love pairing this lipstick shade with both dark and bright eyeshadow shades. This shade always adds a hint of warmth to my skin and works well in winter or summer.
Red lipstick is a makeup chameleon. The shade is classic and can transform any modern, edgy, bright, or romantic makeup look. Despite the beauty of red lipstick, it can be a pain to apply thanks to feathering, smudging or streakiness. If you’re planning to rock a red lip this season, here are a few tips you need to know!
Powder the lips to prevent feathering
This is a unique trick that I rely on when my lip liner is running low. To prevent feathering or bleeding lipstick, apply powder to the lips before applying lip colour. The powder gives the lipstick a base to adhere to which helps the colour stay in place.
Prep your lips first
Red lipstick adheres best to smooth and hydrated lips. Apply a lip scrub to exfoliate, then follow up with a balm to hydrate before selecting your favourite shade of red to ensure maximum colour payoff.
Apply a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade
Red lipstick is not forgiving when it comes to lines or mistakes. If your lipstick bleeds often, apply a lip liner to your pout to prevent lipstick from fading or emphasizing lines or texture.
What are your top tips for wearing red lipstick?
We all have mornings where there’s simply no time to complete a full makeup routine. On these types of mornings, I simplify my makeup routine. This simplified routine still feels polished, but takes less than five minutes to complete!
I apply moisturizer every morning, regardless of how rushed I may be. Moisturizer gives my skin a boost of hydration and brightens my complexion. The main moisturizer in my routine is GlamGlow’s WaterBurst Moisturizer – it is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. I complete my face makeup with a few swipes of concealer. The concealer I love right now is Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer.
A simple winged eyeliner does wonders to widen and brighten my eyes. I apply NYX Epic Ink Liner because it is waterproof and lasts all day. I then apply two coats of mascara to lengthen my lashes.
Lipstick is a staple in my daily makeup routine. On days when I am wearing minimal makeup, I apply a brightly coloured shade. Two shades that I wear regularly are Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine, a gorgeous deep red; or Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in the shade Heroine, a bright orange-red.
I recently received a package from the brand Coloured Raine in exchange for a review. I was eager to try the liquid lipsticks contained within the package. I received a variety of liquid lipsticks that have matte and glossy finishes. Coloured Raine was founded in 2013 by Loraine Dowdy. The brand is cruelty-free. This is the first time I’ve tried cosmetics from the brand, and I instantly fell in love with the lipsticks!
The packages are stunningly beautiful. Each liquid lipstick comes in a lightweight, transparent tube that displays the lipstick’s true colour. I adore the hot pink details that adorn the top of the lipstick cover and transcend down the tube. Each lipstick is lightweight and travel-friendly. The lipstick wand is longer than other wands I’ve tried, but it has a doe foot applicator.
I received four lipsticks – three of the shades are matte, and one is a lacquer formula. The shades are described below:
- Cherry Blossom Lip Lacquer – A bright, blue-based red
- Mars Liquid Lipstick – Dusty rose
- Nude Liquid Lipstick – Burnt sienna with a pale brown undertone
- Roulette Liquid Lipstick – Royal purple
Coloured Raine’s lipsticks have one of the best formulas that I’ve tried recently. The shade Cherry Blossom has a glossy formula that feels slightly sticky upon initial application. It dries down to a glossy finish that is smooth. However, it is not as long-wearing as the matte shades. Each of the matte lipsticks is highly pigmented, and do not flake or fade with wear. The matte shades are opaque, long-wearing, and not patchy.
Each lipstick is opaque, pigmented and comfortable on the lips. I always apply my lipstick over a lip pencil, and the matte shades wear for 6-8 hours without fading or flaking. I tested the shade Cherry Blossom for the first time yesterday. Because it is a lacquer formula, it transfers easily. However, the shade fades into a beautiful popsicle-pout stain that lasts for an additional 1-2 hours.
I am very impressed with the quality, wear, and formula of Coloured Raine’s Liquid Lipsticks! If you are looking for an affordable, high-quality liquid lipstick I would definitely recommend this brand. Stay tuned for additional reviews! Coloured Raine’s Matte Liquid Lipsticks retail for $17 while the Lip Lacquers retail for $15. Each lipstick is available from Coloured Raine’s official website.
I wear a lot of lipstick. As a result, my lips consistently feel dry and chapped. I decided to try Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. I have not tried a lip mask before this one, but this one delivers intensive moisture!
The mask is contained in a triangular, slate-grey tube. It is sleek and sophisticated, bearing the ‘Bite Beauty’ logo on the outside. I like that this packaging is lightweight. The tube has a small nozzle to dispense the mask.
The mask itself is dense and thick, with a slightly grainy texture. Because of the thick texture, I find that the mask creates a transparent film on my lips that effectively locks-in moisture. The mask has a pleasant honey scent with hints of vanilla. To my surprise, the mask feels lightweight when applied to my lips.
How to use it
Squeeze a small amount of the mask onto the tip of your finger and apply to the lips.
Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask is available in 5 colours:
- Lavender – Pale pink
- Maple – Sheer bronze
- Champagne – Rose gold pearl
- Smashed – Sheer candy-apple red
- Natural – Clear
I own the shade Natural. If you are looking for a hydrating, quick lip mask I’d recommend Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. It retails for $30 at Sephora.
Blush is for more than just adding colour to your cheeks. There are multiple ways to add blush to your daily makeup routine. A beautiful blush shade is a versatile for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Turn your favourite shade into a nail polish colour
Crush a small amount of blush to turn it into a powder before mixing it into transparent nail polish. After adding the blush, shake the nail polish bottle well to blend the colour. Apply it to your nails the same way as other nail polishes.
Blend out tan lines
Do you have any unwanted tan lines? To cover (or blend out) tan lines, dip a large, fluffy brush into a light blush shade. Blend the blush into your skin to block out tan line.
Create a monochromatic colour palette
Blush is an ideal tool for creating a monochromatic makeup look. With just one product, you can add more vibrance to your face. Apply your favourite shade of blush to the eyes, lips, and cheeks for monochromatic makeup. I like to create this look with peach or pink blush.