2.03.2015

How To: Kiss-Proof Lips

With Valentine's Day coming up, I thought this tutorial might be just right to share. It works well for any occasion you're wearing lipstick and don't want it to come off (especially on the one you're kissing). I've seen it happen! Perfect for dates and, of course, the wedding day! Oh, and it's baby-proof! More about that later!

1--Exfoliate
No brainer here, but making sure you have a clean, soft lip to begin with will help with lipstick application. Use a warm, wet washcloth to gently exfoliate lips. Better yet, use this diy lip scrub that takes a minute to make.

2--Moisturize
Keep those lips soft by adding a lip balm of choice. Let it soak in while you apply your makeup and do your hair. Just leaving it on at least 5 minutes will help.



3--Apply Long-Wearing Liquid Lipstick
I wanted to keep this process as easy as possible. And instead of liners, powders, tissues, etc, I'm going with a long-wearing liquid lipstick. There are lots on the market, but the one I'm using today is from Rimmel. These are Provocalips--they can be found in drugstores, and come in many colors. They don't give me the 16 hours they claim, but I've really been liking them. It has color on one end and a gloss on the other. I've got a big review of all the drugstore ones like this coming soon (just let me know if you're interested).


Wipe off the lip balm and then make a fake smile. This will allow you to make sure to get all the lines in your lips when applying the color.  This is pretty easy to apply using the doe foot applicator, but if you still feel intimidated, use a lip brush or a small brush to brush on. Don't paint on a thick coat. A thin, even coat is all you need--just like when painting your nails.

Allow to dry. I usually just hold that fake smile for a few seconds.

4--Apply lip gloss (or balm)
Once dry, apply the lip gloss provided. You'll need a balm or gloss of some sort to keep your lips hydrated. Every brand I've ever tried of these long-wearing lipsticks are matte. Luckily, these come with a gloss that's not sticky at all--it really just makes it shiny, but others have a clear balm. You will need to apply the lip gloss as needed throughout the day/night but do not reapply the color.

For this demo, I forgot to bring the Provocalips with me for work but made it through eating, drinking, and an entire work day with 2 little ones, including a 10 month old who was perplexed that she couldn't take the color off my lips with her fingers pawing at me. Baby proof!

To remove: Use an oil-based makeup remover. It's the fastest way.

Extra Elle:

  • Getting my hair done (begone, evil roots!) today!! Expect a pic (a hairfie?? hehe, jk) on Instagram. Do you like getting your hair done?
  • Speaking of Instagram, I posted a pic referencing that 1-31 was the 95th anniversary of my great-grandfather bringing his family from Lake Como, Italy to America! I never knew him, but got to visit Lake Como 10 years ago. My mom still has the immigration papers! Are you a genealogy fan like me?


59 comments:

  1. Such a pretty color on you. Good luck at the hair salon. I hate getting my hair cut but like when it's healthy. So cool you had the genealogy papers.

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  2. I love your pink color, so pretty! I don't usually wear long lasting lipstick bc I aleady have dry lips, but this is so pretty I'm going to give it a try!
    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod


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  3. This is a great and innovative idea for valentine week Elle :)

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  4. Sometimes I enjoy blogs for fantasy thrills they provide, not for real-world benefit. Sure, I'm certain many of your readers appreciate you practical advice on making lipstick last but, for me, that's merely an illusion. As I was reading your post, I realized that I've never been kissed while wearing lipstick and probably never will be. Oh well... good advice, nonetheless.

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    1. oops... "your practical advice" (dropped an r).

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  5. Thanks Elle! Have a great day.

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  6. Great tutorial. Can't wait to see your hairfie!

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  7. I would love to see a review on that! And I am super impressed on the length of wear you got from it. Definitely checking it out next time I am at the store!

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  8. This is perfect! Thank you for sharing this.

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  9. My lipstick is the worst at staying put...I seriously need all the help I can get in that area!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  10. i really need to start exfoliating my lips. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  11. Great tips!! I tend to get weird when wearing lipstick, licking my lips and playing with it!

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  12. I have not tried Rimmel Provocalips but have read lots of promising reviews on it, definitely have to pick up one soon.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  13. YES to exfoliating! It always feels so incredible to slough away the dry/rough parts!

    P.S. That lippy color looks amaze on you!

    xx

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  14. LOLZ....the guys would love these tips, Elle:D

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  15. Can't wait to see your hair pic! I love getting my hair done =)

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  16. Kissable lips are sooooooooooo appropriate this month!

    That's a great color on you, lady!

    I love getting my hair done and need to soooooooooooon!

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  17. This is so perfect fr valentines.. everyone needs this tutorial.. haha

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  18. This is so helpful! For our engagement pictures I really wanted to wear lipstick but was not sure how that would work with all the kissing that goes on in those so I skipped it haha. Now I know!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  19. Great tips! I've seen those lip products in the drugstore recently, so now I may have to pick a few up. That color looks gorgeous on you! Hooray for getting your hair done - I look forward to that day WAY too much when it approaches!

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  20. Love the tips and loved the story of your grandfather even more!! :) xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  21. Thank you for the tips and a great post!

    www.DeluxeFashionista.com

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  22. I love my stylist and fresh color, hate the time spent in the chair.

    I want one of these but haven't seen them in my local drugstores or Target. And now I'm on a spending freeze until March so it'll have to wait!

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  23. I love Rimmel London and didn't know that product, so thank you so much for that! Always beautiful, dear Elle! It's great to know your lipstick was baby proof :) It's so amazing the story about your family, on Jan 31st, my birthday! I am a genealogy freak as well, and got so many things about my family, as well :) I love it! A hairfie is great :) I think I shall use this word and refr to you :) In the past I liked to have my hair done... today... it's nice, I go twice a month to a hairdresser, but it's so much time there... I wish we woke up with amazing hair, always! :)
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  24. The packaging on those Rimmel lipsticks is so cute!

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  25. Love this! I only recently started exfoliating my lips before lipstick and it makes SUCH a difference! Thanks for the tips :)

    XoLindsay
    Sugar & Something

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  26. Amazing tips! Cool fact about your genealogy! =)

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  27. maybe my hubs wouldn't mind me wearing lipstick if I wore this - It wouldn't come off so easily.

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  28. Loving the lip blog posts!! Great post girl! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  29. AHHH! I have been wanting to try these but they aren't at my local CVS yet! Thanks for the tutorial...I'm always trying to find ways to make my lipstick last longer...

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  30. I love the simplicity of not having to do the liners and all that jazz!

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  31. So want a review on these Elle! How did these sneak under my radar when I was skulking around Walgreens last week? I need baby proof. Most days I wait until after I get to work to apply lipstick because I cant resist those morning kisses. (:
    P.s. If you're ever considering doing a long wearing lip tutorial, one that's "baby proof" and "kiss proof" I'm all for it! I hate smeared lipstick.

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  32. Great tips! I really need to exfoliate more! My lips get real dry in the winter and it's a mess when you put lipstick over that haha

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  33. Great tip re: lip balm first, wipe, then fake smile, let dry. I feel like I skip one (or more!) of these steps sometimes, and can really tell a difference in terms of wear. :)

    Gorgeous pink color on you, Elle! Can't wait to see the new hair!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  34. awesome! I'm the worst at this. my lipstick just rubs all over.

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  35. I just got my hair cut and colored today, too! I feel like a new person, especially since I kissed around 5 inches of hair goodbye.

    Posts like this remind me that I need to get back into wearing lipstick and lip gloss more often. I usually don't because of how quickly it comes off. Thanks for the tips!

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  36. Such great tips!! I don't wear lipstick a lot but this would help!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  37. ahh I needed this post! thanks for another great beauty tip :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  38. That is so cool about the 95th anniversary of family coming from Lake Como!! I don't know much about my family's history, but I wish I did.
    And being a fairly new (but dedicated) lipstick wearer, I'll use these tips!

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  39. This is a beautiful color! I'll have to check out these new lippies!

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  40. Yes, my son hates when I put lipstick on him while kissing! ;-)Kisses darling, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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  41. This would have come in handy especially when I used to waste paper trying to leave perfect kisses a few years ago hah. Love the pink color!

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  42. I am so loving that color on you. And I think most forget to exfoliate, you must on your lips. Great post

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    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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  43. I don't know why it never occurred to me to use makeup remover on color stay lipstick! Because that's the part I hate most about it -- all the scrubbing it takes to get it off again!

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  44. Great tips! I've just started getting into lipstick (a little late in the game) and I'm taking any advice I can find!

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  45. Love these tips! I just bought two tubes of Clinique lipstick, this evening (it's free gift time). :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  46. Lips that are kiss and baby proof are a total win! How cool that your mom still has your family's immigration papers. Genealogy is fascinating :)

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  47. This shade is so flattering for you. I will defiantly have to check these out, not the one to apply make up. I don't even reapply powder and such very low maintenance when it comes to my make up. Great post lady !

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  48. I am going shopping today and plan to stop at several drugstores to look for these lip products specifically. They were all sold out at my local Ulta and on their online store. Thanks for this post!

    Katie // From My Vanity

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  49. Pretty pretty lady! I'm all about baby proof make up! ;)

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  50. Ohhh Joey was telling me how much she loves Provocalips too! I have got to go find them! I heard they are changing or discontinuing them or something? Maybe that isn't right. Either way, I need them!!! I love that color!

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  51. Nice post.

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  52. Ha!! I love the description of the baby trying to paw the color off your lips!! My daughter does that all the time!! She's always fascinated when it doesn't transfer:) You look great it that hot pink shade.

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