One of the many benefits of hiring a Professional Makeup Artist (MUA) for an event or photo-shoot is that they”ll have a bag of tricks to help your face stay flawless all day.  

The average, modern woman is more of a “natural girl” – The thought of buying a bunch of products, primers & potions for 1 night of use is absurd!   However, there is 1 product that is worth the investment:  Lip color.  Whether it’s a gloss, stain or lip balm, it will provide just enough “pick me up” to finish a long day -still- looking fresh!

Photographer Maren Delaney, hair/makeup Cathi Barbe

Your MUA will provide a great “base” for your lip color – It may be a lip primer ( such as Mac Prep & Prime Lip) or a concealor (which helps the final lip color “be true to tone”)  or a lip hydrater ( I love Aveda’s Lip Saver spf15 )  Once your lips are prepped, I recommend having your desired lip color on hand for touch-ups throughout your event – Even the best “long-lasting” lip products will need enhancing after a few hours.

Photographer Sally >> La Vie.  hair/makeup Cathi Barbe

Here are a few crowd-pleasing lip colors for the woman who needs to look great for an extended period of time – i.e. wedding, photo shoot, etc.  Since you might not wear the product again, I’ve included some very budget friendly picks that have great reviews!

Mac Pro Long Wear Lip Color * $22 * Apply in 2 steps, first the color, then the high shine gloss

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lip Stick * $24  * One step application.  Apply a top coat of hydrater or gloss to avoid “dry” feeling after a few hours.

Revlon Colorstay Just Bitten Lip Stain & Balm * $6-$9 * Best applied over hydrated lips. This stain is so inexpensive, you can afford a few different colors! – Perfect for a fun night on the town when you don’t want to worry about carrying an extra item in your purse. * I personally love these for myself – carefree “marker” tip & very light weight – I apply on myself over an application of Aveda lip Saver spf 15 for a long lasting & shear effect. 

Maybelline Superstay 24 Color * around $10 * 2 step application, color, then balm.  Keep applying balm to stay hydrated.  

Professional Tips:

*Always apply lip color to lips that have been exfoliated and hyrdated first – This will ensure an even color result without flaking or dark spots

*When using a long-wear or stain, no lip liner is needed – save $$

*Apply a hydrater ( like Aveda Lip Saver ) throughout the day and before bed – Air conditioning can dry lips and skin out – Protect yourself!

*Long wear lip colors & stains can make your lips feel dry as the hours wear on, keep a balm on hand to re-hydrate

*Do a test run! Wear your new color before the big event – Some colors look different on, and you want to make sure the product is comfortable on your skin.

*Do research: watch Youtube reviews, etc before spending your money.  As you’ll see from the Consumer Report Video link (below) the cheapest product won the review!

Inspired by you! xoxox,
Kira McCarty

Kiss Proof Lip Color

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