by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

5 Tips for Your Lipstick to Last Through New Year’s

Our guide to keeping your favourite lipstick in place throughout the holidays.

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The year-end holidays are here and we all know what that means: festive red lips and many bouts of feasting. Maintaining a perfect red lip throughout the day is no small feat, so how do you keep from smudging your lipstick during some New Year’s Eve partying? Here are 5 of our tips on making your lip colours last and the best products to use.

Tip #1: Exfoliate and moisturize.

Dry, flaky lips don’t hold colour for long. Before you apply your lipstick, exfoliate your lips with products like Fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish (SGD27) or the Dior Lip Sugar Scrub (SGD52), and gently wipe with a cotton pad. For ultra-soft lips, apply a lightweight lip treatment like the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (SGD27), which removes dead skin cells and locks in moisture.

Tip #2: Prep and prime. 

Your next step would be to prime your lips, either with a thin layer of concealer or a lip primer, such as the Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge La Base (SGD52). Apply a thin layer of product on your lips to set the base for the next step.

Tip #3: Lip liner is your best friend.

Outlining with a lip liner ensures that the product doesn’t feather out throughout the day. The trick is to use a lip liner that is similar to your lip colour, which will create fuller-looking lips. Both the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner Pencil (SGD32) and Marc Jacobs (P)outliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil (SGD37) have incredible staying power.

Tip #4: Blot like a pro.

If you’re opting for a matte lip, some great options include the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment (SGD40), Hourglass’ Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick (SGD40.50) and Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte. After applying, blot the excess product by pressing your lips between a piece of tissue.

Tip #5: Set with a powder.

We can confirm this age-old myth: set your lipstick with translucent powder as a finishing touch. We recommend the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder (SGD81) and Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (SGD70). Apply a final coat on the centre of your lips to finish, and you’re party-ready.

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