Valentine鈥檚 Day is just two days away, but you should be feeling prepared in the beauty department. You鈥檝e already prepped your pout, landed on your ideal lip product, and nailed down what hue you鈥檙e going to sport 鈥 now it鈥檚 all about making that color last. Whether you鈥檙e wearing a lipstick, liquid, stain, or gloss, Natalie Soto, global makeup artist and educator for Jane Iredale, has the hacks you鈥檒l need to lock your look in place.

1. If You鈥檙e Wearing Gloss: The key to a long-lasting lipgloss is to not go overboard with your application. 鈥淵ou want to achieve a high-shine, hydrated look without messy, melting lips,鈥 Soto explains. 鈥淎pply in the center of the lip and fan the gloss outward to prevent product from collecting on the borders of the lip, which will impact the wear of the gloss.鈥 To set the shine in place even more, apply a touch of powder around your lips to prevent any potential bleeding.

2. If You鈥檙e Wearing Regular Lipstick: The best way to secure a standard lip product in place is to create a barrier with a liner. 鈥淏egin by creating an X on the Cupid鈥檚 bow, followed by lining the bottom lip,鈥 she says. 鈥淯se a lip brush, which can also be a life-saver for touch-ups and getting extra life out of your lipstick, to blend out your look.鈥 Finally, swipe your go-to shade on top and you鈥檙e set for the night.

3. If You鈥檙e Wearing a Liquid Lipstick: Soto recommends using a lip scrub and mask prior to your application, but her biggest hack is to completely remove all remnants of any exfoliator and mask. 鈥淎pply the liquid lipstick to totally bare lips and allow each layer to fully dry before applying the next,鈥 she says. This ensures that each layer sets and will last until you remove it. 鈥淵ou can also press a tissue onto your lips after the liquid lipstick dries and dab translucent powder over it to absorb the oils and give you an extra long-wearing, matte look.鈥

4. If You鈥檙e Wearing a Stain: Since stains are so drying, keeping them looking fresh all day (and night) can be tricky, but Soto says that with proper hydration, you can hack your way to extended wear. 鈥淎 clear lip balm can be applied over a stain throughout the day for kissable lips without disrupting the color payoff,鈥 she recommends. If you go for this option, make sure to dab and pat it on 鈥 gliding it across your pucker could leave behind smears. An alternative option is to create a base for extra security. 鈥淵ou can also hack it by applying a liquid stain under a lipstick or gloss to ensure that when the top coat wears off, color will still be on the lips underneath,鈥 she says.

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