Make Lipstick Last Longer With These 5 Steps | Clozette

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Just like your shoes, your lipstick can make or break your whole makeup look. It's a vital step that seals your MOTD together and the last thing you want is for it to keep coming off, especially when you're somewhere fancy and glam. Aside from buying long-wearing lipsticks, there are other ways to keep your lipstick intact for hours and hours to save you from the shame of a sudden "naked" lip. 


Remember to keep your lipstick from wearing off with these 5 easy steps and beauty hacks so you'll never deal with a (literally) nude lip ever again!


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Step 1: Prime Your Lips



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Your lips may just be a small space on your face but you must treat like how you would your base makeup. Before you apply that swatch of lip colour, make sure it's moisturised with a lip balm for a smooth and plump canvas. When it's about time to move on to the next step, dab a small amount of foundation on your lips as a primer for your lipsticks so it sticks better and the colour payoff is more vivid.   

Step 2: Use a Lip Liner



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Lip liners are basically like your pre-lipstick shade so it's best to buy them in colours that are similar to your existing lipstick shades. Instead of just lining the edge of your lips for a more precise lip shape, apply it all over the lips like a base for your lippie. You can even use a different colour to mix it with another lip shade creating an entirely new colour! 


Step 3: Layer Your Lip Colours



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After your lip liner, you can go "artiste" mode and layer different lip colours and formulas. We suggest a lip stain, lip stick, and then liquid lipstick or a lip gloss. Stains are absorbed better by the lips thus creating a longer-lasting tint on. Accentuate it with your favorite lipstick shade and then enhance it with either a liquid lipstick or lip gloss. Give it time to set and appreciate your work of art. 



Step 4: Blot Your Lipstick



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After layering all those gorgeous colours, remove the excess by blotting it with tissue paper between your lips. Press your lips together with the tissue paper in between your top and lower lip so the excess colours won't smudge all over. This also pushes in the colours on your lip so it clings on better. 



Step 5: Set with Powder or Blush



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Last but not the least, set your lipstick colour with face of blush powder. Yeap, just like your base makeup your lipstick colour also needs a finishing touch. You can either tap it directly with a beauty blender or use tissue paper over your lips and then apply the powder with a blush brush. This gives a matte finish as well for a longer-lasting colour! 


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Your makeup tools, particularly your brushes, are just as essential as your makeup products. When you know their function and how each brush works for your face, you'll soon realize that each brush can actually do multiple things. So it's vital that you know what your brushes can do so you can apply your makeup products flawlessly.


Here are our tips on how you can use your makeup brushes like a pro!


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Face: Stippling & Powder Brush



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If you're using liquid foundation, we suggest you skip the brush and go straight to using a sponge or beauty blender. It's the most effective tool that packs the product to your skin and blends it out flawlessly. However, if you feel like giving the sponge a rest, use a flat top Kabuki brush as it applies foundation beautifully for an airbrushed look. Seal it in with a powder brush. A good powder brush is huge and fluffy--perfect for applying powder to set and blend.


Tip: Use your powder blush for face powders only so other colours (such as your blush and bronzer) won't mix with it.

Sculpting: Angled Blush Brush



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You don't need various brushes for various face products. Apply your blush, bronzer, contour shade, and highlight shade with just one brush to save yourself some time. Use an angled brush that is dense enough to pack colour and fluffy enough to buff out the powder. Its angled shape also makes it good for contour. For blush, apply it lightly and blend it upwards. Then for highlight, get a small amount of product at the edge of the brush and slowly build it up on the high points of your cheeks for a subtle yet flawless strobe of light. 


Tip: apply blush first and the bronzer or contour shade for a more natural finish and mix of colours on your cheek. 



Eyeshadow: Basic Lid, Pencil, & Blending Eyeshadow Brushes



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Everyone needs a lid brush for eye shadows, it packs colour onto the lid for a vivid colour payoff. Use your pencil brush for those dark colours applied on the outer lid for an instant angled or v-shaped application. Then use a blending brush to soften harsh lines or smoke out colours, and of course, to apply your crease shade flawlessly. 


Tip: Eyeshadow brushes come in different sizes. Test them out first so you can see how each brush fits in the crevices of your eyes, 



Eyeliner and Eyebrow: Angled Eyeshadow Brush



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If you're into gel liners then an angled eyeliner brush is perfect for you to wing out your eyeliner. You can also use this brush for your brows. It's flat and dense for the precise and hair-like strokes you need. Plus, the width is perfect for a clean outline. 


Tip: Buy two of these, one for your eyeliner and one for your brows so that the products don't mix. You can also buy the one with a spooly at the opposite end for an instant brow brush up!



Concealer: Small Concealer & Tapered Kabuki Brush 



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To conceal your blemishes properly, use a small, flat synthetic brush to apply a cream product lightly on your face, then blend it out with your finger or a beauty blender for a flawless finish. You can also use this small brush for your liquid concealers for a more precise application.


Tip: Since concealers usually come in cream or liquid form, make sure you buy synthetic or duo fibre brushes. This way you'll get the right amount of product without it being absorbed by the brush. 


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If there's one thing that beauty girls love about summer, it's the fact that they can go all-out when it comes to their makeup. No holds barred. They can finally sport that purple lipstick, smokey bronze eyeshadow look, and that glittery shade for an intense highlight. We're all a fan of these looks but since there are so many colours to choose, we've filtered it out for your convenience.

Here are 5 colours you should try for that perfect sunkissed, summer look!

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Nude Lips




With this shade, you can go nude wherever you go. Nude lips aren't particularly everyone's cup of tea but for a classy beauty girl, this is the shade she reaches for most. There are various undertones for the nude colours (it depends on the colour of lips and skin tone as well); but for summer it's best to go for Estée Lauder's Envy Lip Potion in Naked Ambition. It has a brown undertone with a bit of pink that goes well with the hot weather. Best thing about it: the formula features Estée Lauder's Advanced True Vision technology for a rich colour payoff that both defines and volumizes your lips. Perfect for that nude, summer pout.

Bronzed Glow



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There is no better time than summer to sport the shade that is loved by all: Bronze--and we're not talking about the matte finish bronze. This season we're all about that bronze that sparkles with one swipe. This summer, opt for a sheer shade of bronze on your lids and smoke it out for a dramatic summer look for events and parties. 



Pink Lippie



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The pink shade is not only for the sweet, girl-next-door vibe but also for the fun and outgoing beauty girl who knows how to strut her pout during summer. Instead of wearing the usual bright, white-based pink lippie, go for a berry pink such as Estée Lauder's Envy Lip Potion in Seduction for a classy and gorgeous summer pink colour. 



Stunning Purple Lippie



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The purple lippie isn't for the faint-hearted, it's for the daring beauty gal who wants to stand out. The shade may be a bit intimidating, but once you get the perfect shade for your lips, you're in it for good. Best to go for Estée Lauder's Envy Lip Potion in True Liar for a perfectly balanced dark plum with a dash of pink. 



Orange



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Summer can be summarized into one word: sunshine. The sun's rays are just everywhere and instead of resisting it, why not go with a bright orange shade on your lips? Estée Lauder's Envy Lip Potion in Enamoured is your best bet, it's stunningly bright and flattering on the lips.



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