The Best Long-Lasting Lipsticks To Get You Through Nationals
Witney Carson on the set of "Dancing with the Stars" (via Instagram)
Nationals season is just around the corner, and we're getting SUPER pumped. Although it's truly one of the greatest times of the year for dancers, Nationals are also insane, tbh. Between running from convention classes to onstage performances to award shows, and trying to squeeze in a bite to eat or stay hydrated, it can be constant chaos. Which is why it's so important to find a lipstick that actually sticks—comp queens don't need anything else to stress over. And because we are not here for smudges or reapplying every hour, or ending up with a dry, cracked pout in every selfie, we rounded up the top picks that'll stand up to all things Nationals.
First things first, though, it's super important to have fresh lips before you apply your lipstick. This means gently exfoliating any dead skin with something like a sugar or salt scrub. It'll ensure that the lipstick goes on more evenly and that your lips stay more moisturized throughout the day, which will prevent the color from cracking. Check out Julianne Hough's super simple DIY recipes and make your own sugar scrub at home.
Another 2-step product, this liquid lipstick comes with a second product to help lock in the color. The formula is also really flexible and adapts to the movement of your lips. Aka, it'll stand up to some serious face.
You wouldn't think a lip pencil would be able to last all day, but this NARS one seriously delivers. The pencil tip also makes it much easier to apply quickly (you don't have to be as precise as you would with a tube or liquid version).
Although the majority of the best long-lasting lipsticks on the market these days are liquid versions, this tube offers superior coverage. It's infused with antioxidants to keep lips healthy and smooth, and comes in fun finishes like metallic and shimmer. It also smells like créme brûlée (YUM!).
This cult classic is known for its silky feel and is incredibly long-lasting. It also comes in lots of trendy colors. Fun fact: Kendall Vertes (of "Dance Moms" fame) is a huge fan of the Kylie lip line to complete her comp look!
DS Pro Tip: To ensure your lipstick lasts no matter what, apply a layer of lipstick and then dab on a layer of face powder or translucent powder all over your lips. Then reapply with another layer of lipstick and repeat these steps for as many layers as you feel like you need. The layers of powder will help set the color—it's also a handy way to make any lipstick more matte.
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