Ask me what item of makeup I love the most and I always answer lipstick (although blush comes a close second). I’m a strong believer in colour therapy – a bangin’ colour on my lips and I’m ready to rule the world. However, my love affair with lipstick has not been as smooth as I’d like as I suffer with super dry lips and so have trouble with keeping the colour in place and from feathering. To help with the chapping I make my own lip scrub to exfoliate weekly, but the despite this, I find my lipstick still needs support and this is where a Lip Primer comes in.
I initially bought MAC’s Prep + Primer Lip Primer as I was running out of my beloved Sue Moxley Lip Primer. Scouring the internet I picked up on the chatter surrounding this magical white tube of goodness and decided to give it a go.
MAC described their product as:
A colour-free base to wear under lipstick. Adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips. Improves the appearance of applied lip products.
Initially I felt like the emperor who had been sold a dodgy batch of clothing. I did not understand what I should do with this tube and was not impressed that I’d spent £12 on something that appeared to be nothing more than a weird chap stick. However, I persevered and discovered that I needed to really work the product into my lips, leave for around two minutes for the texture to change to tacky, before attempting to apply my lipstick. The result was lipstick that lasted longer and didn’t move around as much when Prep + Prime Lip isn’t used.
The product dries to a clear colour and found that if I prepped my lips with a chap stick, such as Bilstex or Carmex, at the beginning of my makeup application (not immediately before using the Prep +Prime) my lips didn’t feel tight or dry.
TIP: To further enhance the longevity of my lipstick I used a lip brush to apply the colour, blot, and then apply from the tube.
I used MAC's Prep +Prime for the last year and am already planning my next repurchase.
What products do you use to extend the life of your lipsticks?