An alchemist to keep liquid lipstick in check

Can one of you give me a hand? I need help getting up on this pedestal, so I’m closer to the microphone.
Thank you.

Published: 27th June 2018 04:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2018 10:18 PM   |  A+A-

Can one of you give me a hand? I need help getting up on this pedestal, so I’m closer to the microphone.
Thank you.Now that I’m successfully up here, I have something to say.Hear ye, hear ye. Liquid lipstick is a lot like regular lipstick’s cooler, more-fun younger sister. So full of colour, so full of promise. “You can totally make out with your boyfriend… And eat an XXL burger. You don’t need to worry about the colour until you actually want to take it off!”

Liquid lipstick, just like the younger, more-fun sister, is also a tease. She might be able to get you through a whale of a night— but the cracks in application and sanity start to surface after the fourth drink and third slice of pizza. Dry, depressing patches are suddenly more enhanced… and she’s ridiculously difficult to get rid off. She doesn’t fade away gracefully, instead crumbles off — leaving ostentatious jagged seams of product.

True to tradition, just like the younger, more-fun sister, she doesn’t accept you back and allow you to touch up very easily. Nope, she’s having none of that. To touch her up above the base coat would mean that it’s not smooth and leads you to more crumbly flaking. Which only snowballs into a systematic lipstick conundrum, wherein each reapplication to follow takes less time before the next is really needed. 

I’ve found that this is a very real problem with 60% of my liquid lipsticks. This is no way to live! Luckily, I discovered a fix the other day when I added a touch of creamy regular lipstick to the centre of my lips and felt like a straight up alchemist. It’s all about understanding that prep is key, and that there is a fine line between moisturised and ensuring that you aren’t too moisturised. Do a scrub and a balm, and if you’re really extra — slap on some lip primer. Bite’s Line & Define Lip Primer is one of my favourites.

I’m sure you must have realised by now that there’s no going back once a liquid lipstick sets in. So if you mess up your lip line, you’ll need a serious heavy-duty remover to fix it. Another thing I’ve noticed is that the normal applicator just doesn’t do a good enough job to create a defined edge, and this is where a universal lip liner comes into play. This may have been the greatest invention since liquid lipsticks and/or lemon tarts — and are essentially like lip liner for dummies.

Foolproof! Goes with everything, doesn’t make you feel from 1995 and holds your liquid lip together like a pro. Apply it in the dark (in case of make-up emergencies in a power cut, duh), apply it in a moving car (not that I completely recommend doing this) and don’t be stuck with outrageous clown lips if you decide it’s not a good look for you.

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