How to Make Lipstick Stick

red lipstick

Time is a hot commodity when trying to get out the door with a small child. So, when it comes to makeup, my arsenal is pretty minimal. Eyebrow pencil, mascara, lip colour. When I’m feeling more adventurous, I’ll brush on some contour and blush.

I just love red lipstick, and I’ve tried a lot of shades to find the right ones for the right occasion. I have a Christmas party coming up and am debating which colour to choose…..


Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.

– Elizabeth Taylor


Red Recommendations

  1. Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest – This is the latest one that I purchased and it has taken its place as my go-to. It goes on smoothly, is moisturizing, and has great coverage. Feel free to smudge it on with your finger and give it a natural look. It wears great.
  2. Professional KISS New York Moisture Tattoo in Retro Red – I love this colour. I has great staying power and feels rich on.
  3. Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in Rossetto – My first red and I just love the classic bright colour, especially in spring.
  4. e.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Lip Color in Wine – I like the colour but it is so similar to my Burt’s Bees colour that I rarely use this one. It has a tendency to rub off onto anything it touches.
  5. e.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturizing Lipstick in Bordeaux – This one has lots of violet undertones and is the most dramatic and luxurious of them all. Although it can only be worn while doing nothing at all, it gets everywhere. But it tastes like berries.

How to Make Your Lipstick Stick

But how to make it stay in place. There are a couple of easy tricks to help it stick.

  1. Moisturize – dry lips can make any lipstick bleed into the little lines and look like an aerial shot from National Geographic.
  2. Blot – this is an absolute must. It keeps the red off your teeth and helps against bleeding as well.
  3. Lip Primer – Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer is pretty nice. It fills in the little creases and gives a nice clean canvas for your colour.
  4. Clear lip liner – I’ve tried using this and it isn’t my thing, though some people swear by it. I’m just not keen on the extra layer.
  5. Lip highlighter – this basically goes on outside the lip to create a barrier. Also, isn’t my thing because I even find regular face make-up too heavy on my face, but if other techniques don’t cut it, this is one to try.

What is your favorite red?

Any recommendations for a top coat?

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