Thursday, October 18, 2012

Staying Power

When I was in NYC for fashion week, my blogger friends reminded me that I needed to do a post about my beauty tips.  While I've shared some in the past (here), including my own personal routine (here & here), I wanted to focus this time on how to make the products you use on a daily basis last for as long as possible.  No one likes it when a fresh manicure gets chipped within a matter of days or when their bold red lip starts to feather & fade by lunchtime. So, today I'm sharing my secrets with you - these are tried & true methods I've been using for years, but I'd also love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!

1) First apply a primer around the rim of your lips to keep lipstick from feathering or bleeding (I swear by this one) 
2) Trace around the edge of lips with lip liner and then fill in lips completely with a liner that matches the color of lipstick you'll be using
3) Using a lip brush, apply your lipstick color of choice
4) Blot with a one-ply sheet of tissue & dust with translucent powder to set
5) Reapply a second coat of lipstick
*If you're not a fan of lipstick, this product will also last throughout the day and doesn't dry your lips out.

1) Before starting, apply nail polish remover to a cotton ball & swipe across each nail to remove any oils or residues that will prevent lacquer from adhering properly
2) Always use a base coat & top coat (my favorites here & here)
3) The thinner the coats, the less chipping/peeling will occur
4) Nails will chip at the tip when applying lacquer, first do a horizontal swipe across the edge of the nail and then continue with your usual vertical strokes
5) Things that cause polish to chip more quickly than it should - pressure (typing, texting) & heat (folding laundry straight out of the dryer, stirring a steaming pot over the stove)



Britt+Whit said...

love these tips and that lip color!

love from San Francisco,

dreamingincashmere said...

I love your tips! I am going to start trying them. This was so helpful, thanks for sharing:)
xx, amy said...

Those tips are so helpful! I never thought about heat affecting my manicure

Xo, Rachel
Glitzy Blues

jules said...

thanks for the tips!

xo said...

Gorgeous lips!
Defenitely gonna try it!
Great post!


For All Things Lovely said...

Great tips--Love this post! Have a great Thursday! xx.

A J said...

Love the nail tips! And I never would have thought to brush powder on my lips and apply a second coat!


Sofia Donatelli said...

Good morning Kim,

Thank you for the wonderful tips. I'm going to try it out.


Amberly D'Anna said...

These are great tips! Thanks!


Lotus Blossom Design said...

great tips! xo

sarahsreallife said...

I don't think I want to spend that much effort on the lipstick :) but the horizontal swipe of nail polish is a good idea! My poor naked nails need some polish soon so I'll have to try that.

Sarah's Real Life

Nadia Cohen said...

Saw you in the Lucky November issue, congrats :)

Style Journey said...

Love tip #4 in your nail part. I never knew that! Heather

Alyson said...

Love great tips... all your beauty has great staying power so I'm taking this to heart.

FierceandFashionable said...

Great tips, thanks! My lipstick never stays all day so I will try out your ideas! :)


Fierce & Fashionable

Nancy said...

great tips! =)

Libby said...

Great tips! Can't wait to try them out :)
Libby at

Libby said...

Great tips! Can't wait to try them out :)
Libby at

Kacie said...

Thanks so much for the tips!

alongobucco said...

Awesome tips! I end up reapplying my lipstick numerous times a day to the point where it's annoying, so I'll definitely be trying some of these out!

The Glossy Life

silvergirl said...

thanks for the tip about painting a horizontal stripe across nail
never heard that before, but will trying it asap