If you are not familiar with long wear or indelible lipsticks, their basic concept is that they start wet, dry after application, and you use a lip gloss over them to keep your lips feeling moist.
I am really bad about keeping up with my lips when I go out. I have fun, talk to people…and then I go to the lady’s and catch a glimpse in the mirror! Ugh! Where’d my lips go? Also when my beau sees my glossy, gooey red lips coming toward his mouth…he gets this look of fear in his eyes, like he is going to look like Heath Ledger as The Joker when it’s done.
So, for me, long wears are great for reds especially. The 3 colors pictured here from left to right are Cerise 300, a cranberry, but the color is deep and would be really nice on a pale blue girl, Crimson 310, a warm red that I love on my yellow skin and goes well with my red hair, and Beyonce’s Red 399, a vibrant red that darker skinned girls look great in.
I apply in 2 layers. The crimson looks good as one application, but you can still see a little lip through it, which is fine if you want to have a tamer red, but I want RED. So I apply once, leave your lips open and let dry completely, then apply again, leave mouth open and let dry completely. Don’t put on the gloss until all the tackiness is gone from the color coats.
But then there is the after. You are home and you now have this coating of epoxy-like lipstick on your lips that won’t come off. Don’t scrub your lips raw trying to get it off. The concept to these lipsticks is similar to alcohol based makeup that many theater makeup artists use as a waterproof makeup. The color will only dissolve with oil or alcohol.
Baby oil works really well. Soak a Q-tip in it and rub your lips, but not too hard. It will take a second for the color to start to dissolve.
The fastest way to dissolve the color and most effective is 99% Alcohol if you can get your hands on some.
Just be sure to apply a nice coat of vaseline after because it will dry your lips out, and it doesn’t taste great, but very effective.