Cocktail-Proof Your Lipstick, Once And For All

Make sure your lipstick and your nightlife are not mutually exclusive.

This article originally appeared on MIMI

I once interviewed an especially playful makeup artist about how a girl is supposed to make her lipstick last all night. He joked, "Stay home and don't move." As a self-proclaimed lipstick enthusiast and occasional party girl, I could not accept this fate. There has to be a way to dance, sip cocktails, and look like a lipstick goddess all at the same time, no? Turns out there is.

We tapped Pro Makeup Artist Caitlin Wooters for her expert tips on how to make sure your lipstick and your nightlife are not mutually exclusive. Here, she gives up 10 of her secrets:

1

Get Your Moisture Game on Lock.

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Photo by Greg Delves

Long-wear products can be drying so make sure when your NOT wearing your lip color to keep those babies hydrated and happy. Look for balms without alcohol but WITH shea butter. I suggest Alaffia Baobab & Shea Butter Lip Balm.

2

Exfoliate Your Lips Before Applying Anything to Remove Dead Skin.

I suggest Fresh Sugar Lip Polish or even exfoliating facial wipes from the drug store.

3

Try a Lip Primer Underneath Your Favorite Product.

I suggest Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer. You can even put this under your lip liner for extra holding power.



4

Apply a Lip Liner Pencil to the Entire Lip Surface and Then Your Lipstick. 

This will keep the lipstick in place for much longer, and it means you have to reapply less.

5

Purchase Products With "Long Wear" or "Long Lasting" on the Label.

I suggest Stila Cosmetics, they really have staying power.

6

Invest in a Lip Stain for a More Subtle, Natural Look. 

These leave color on the lips even when the product itself wears off. I suggest Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain.



7

Matte Lipstick Has the Most Staying Power. But, if You Want to Wear a Gloss, Choose One That is a Little on the Sticky Side.

If it glides to easily once on the lips it wont stay on them very long. You can tell how sticky it is by rubbing your lips together with the product on. If its hard to mush your lips, then you're golden. The stickier the product, the longer it will stay on. I suggest Bobbi Brown Glosses for this purpose.

8

Bring Your Lip Color With You. 

Reapply as needed!

9

Commit. Don't Lick Your Lips. 

Or, you know, try your best not to.



10

Use a Straw.

[Editor's note: I've been known to sip draft beers with a straw to preserve my oxblood lip color. Just saying…]