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!  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/beauty-personal-care/cosmetics/long-lasting-lipsticks/overview/long-lasting-lipstick-ov.htm









Inspired by you! xoxox,
Kira McCarty

Kiss Proof Lip Color

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