your lipstick on your lips, not your cup.
you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s
Day, a rockin’ red lip is a perfect accessory for Feb.
as perfect? A smear of lipstick on your face, your glass
or your date. (I know my husband is always super-charmed
when a quick smooch leaves him wearing purple lipstick.)
lipstick to the rescue! These quick-dry, long-wear
formulas offer bright, budge-proof color.
bene: "Long-wear" and "drying" often
go hand in hand. Prep your pout before applying a liquid
lip by using a lip scrub (I like Tarte’s Lip Facial
Lip Scrub, $16 at Sephora) followed by a moisturizing
balm. (Good old Chapstick is fine here; try the Total
Hydration 3 in 1, $2.99 at drugstores.)
five liquid lipsticks, all favorites of mine, will last
through any eating, drinking, and kissing you have
planned for Valentine’s Day.
Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ($24 at Sephora or Ulta)
promises six hours of continuous wear, but I’ve found
it performs as advertised—it stays all day. Try Fiery
(a deep red), Beso (a true red), or Tesoro (an orange
Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint ($20 at Sephora or Ulta)
is an ultra-pigmented, ultra-matte vegan liquid
lipstick. Try Bae (a true red) or Manbun (a dark berry).
Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21 at
Sephora or Ulta) comes in a tube and looks almost like
actual paint. I find the applicator a little less
accurate than the doe-foot you’ll find on my other
recommendations, so use a steady hand. Try it in Melted
Ruby (a blood red), Melted Strawberry (a berry red), or
Melted Velvet (a bordeaux).
Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6 at drugstores) really is soft—it
has an almost whipped texture that feels light and
comfortable on your lips. It comes in a vast number of
shades; at only $6, grab all your favorite colors. For
reds, try Amsterdam (a pure red), Monte Carlo (a deep
cranberry red), or Madrid (a true cranberry red).
Provocalips ($6.99 at drugstores) is a double-ended
product. Paint the color on and let it set for a minute
or two, then follow with the top coat, which provides
both moisture and shine. This stuff lasts and lasts,
and, thanks to the top coat, doesn’t feel as drying as
other options. Try Kiss Me You Fool (a bright red) or
Play with Fire (a true red).